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Knots in my Yo-Yo string

The Autobiography of a kid by Jerry Spinelli
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Carson Scott

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Knots in my Yo-Yo string

Information learned Fact 1 Fact 2 Fact 3 Interview with Jerry Spinelli Jerry Spinelli as he looks today Setting Summary Author's purpose


The author's purpose was to give a detailed look at his childhood. The book takes place during the 1940's and 1950's.
In a small neighborhood in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
This was not only his playground but his entire life as a child.
He speaks of the dead end where the asphalt stopped.
The railroad tracks, alleys, the woods, and the creek. I learned as a kid you dream of being someone when you get older.
Your dreams can change as you get older.
Just like in the story.
Jerry first wanted to be a cowboy, then a baseball player.
Then in the end he became a writer. I learned that he was very competitive.
He wanted to be the best at everything he did.
Class president, best shortstop and best cowboy.
He also wanted to be taller so he could play basketball. I also learned that he thought that his life seemed to be falling apart.
His dog Lucky died, his girlfriend broke up with him.
He lost his best friend.
His parents moved out of his favorite neighborhood.
All these bad things happened in a short period of time.
These events represent the "knots".
The Yo-yo represents his childhood life. three key facts photos of jerry as a kid Knots in My Yo-yo String
Jerry Spinelli Carson Scott This is an autobiography of Jerry Spinelli's childhood from ages 4 to 16. As a child growing up there were adventures, fun times, sad times. He talks about different problems that were hard to deal with. This explains the meaning "Knots in My Yo-yo String". The book is written in chapter form. Each chapter describes different time periods of his past and memories of his childhood. It is written in first person point of view. He talks in detail of his ups and downs during that time period. The information the author gives is important. It helps you understand how life was
different in the 1940's and 1950's. He uses his memory and research to make
sure his details are as accurate as possible. He also got information from his mother, brother and his father's scrapbooks. This information was found on the the acknowledgments page of the book.
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