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Transcript of Jerry Spinelli
Parents: Louis and Lorna Spinelli
Brother: Bill Spinelli
Wanted to be a cowboy or shortstop for the Yankees
Born in Norrristown, PA
Didn't go to kindergarten
Elemantary School: Hartranft Elementary
High School: Eisenhower High School
wrote since he was 16 years old Education Went to Gettysburg College
Other Books Wringer The Stargirl Series Knots in my Yo-Yo String Space Station Seventh Grade Jason and Marceline Got a B.A. in English in 1963 Earned a M.A. for creative writing at John Hopkins University Quotes Awards Missouri Mark Twain Award for "Loser" Nevada Young Readers Award for "Crash" Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award for "Loser" Rhode Island's Childrens Book Award -"I seem to have a natural tendancy to want to share my own observations and feelings with other people, and writing seems to be the way I'm best equipped to do that."
-"I tell writers to write about what you care about. Ultimately, writing is not about how tidy your margins are, it’s not about spelling. It’s about the ability of the story to reach out from the page and grab the reader by the neck." Adult Life Married to Eileen Spinelli 7 kids used to have a chinchilla and rat lives in Phoenixville, AZ 16 Grandchildren Summary Inspiration Insparation: his kids and childhood Other Careers Editor for a magazine from 1966-1989 Realized he wanted to write at 16 Other Interesting Info. if he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to Norway Favorite Food: Chocolate almond Ice Cream Likes Astronomy, Travel, And Country Music When Jeffrey was little, something tragic happened. His parents died in a trolley crash and he had to live with his aunt and uncle. His aunt and uncle hated each other. They had two of everything in their house. Jeffrey had dinner with his aunt one day, and his uncle the next. One day, He ran away. He ran as far as he could, and stopped in Two Mills, Pennsylvania. The town was divided into the East End and West End, with the black people in the East, and the white people in the West. Learn about Jeffery’s adventures in Two Mills by reading the book! wrote a football poem at 16 that was published in the newspaper