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Trent Jones
“YAHOO!” is a word a young boy stated saying in the early years of Elementary school. Jerry Spinelli was a popular author in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He has written 30 books with
Maniac Magee and Wringer being his most popular. I picked up the book because it relates to people my age being competitive and how society views children who are not as successful at performing tasks. I expected to learn how children acted towards other children, successful or unsuccessful, and how serious children take events in something as insignificant as Elementary school. Zinkoff starts off as a curious young boy who gets overly excited, but as he goes through middle school he discovers fitting in isn't a bad thing. As Zinkoff ages he starts to become known as a loser because of his inability to physically compete in field day activities. The theme of the book is to make people question their definition of winning and losing. The author wants kids to realize that winning or losing is not what matters. What matters is having a positive outlook on life and interacting with people in a positive way on a daily basis. In Loser, the author gives a message to the reader to reconsider the qualifications of a loser.
Spinelli’s book Loser is about a suburban boy who just can not fit in with others (Spinelli). Spinelli focuses on the golden rule “Do unto others how you would want to be treated” and is extremely successful. The kids in this book can be mean and nasty, but Zinkoff (Donald) overcomes the taunts and becomes a sweet compassionate kid who enjoys helping everyone else. All children should read this book, and hopefully it will bring a new enlightenment to their understanding of themselves. The book is a great edition to Spinelli’s collection, and is one that will be read over and over again through the generations.
 

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Donald Zinkoff is different, but different is never bad. He is an example for all of us. He is already a hero! -Leah age 12

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this book is interesting and good at the same time.Jerry spinelli did a good job of letting the reader feel donalds emotions when he gets bullied.

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Who wears a giraffe hat to school on the first day of first grade? Who thinks the word "Jabip" is the funniest thing imaginable? Who risks being frozen to try and find a little girll on a leash named Claudia? Who wants to be a mailman like his dad? Donald Zinkoff, of course! To others, he may be a loser, but in reality he's a funny, loyal, and enthusiastic hero. If only those kids would know what a good friend Zinkoff can be, they'd know that true winners aren't always popular or pretty. Winners are people who are kind, generous, and loyal. They don't even have to have crowds of friends. Does this sound like anyone you know? Of course. Donald Zinkoff, our loyal, sixth-grade hero. 

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were is the rest of the book but it is very good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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loser
I love it

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Most amazing story
I first had this story read to me n the sixth grade and almost every year since I have searched it out to reread it. I don't think I will ever out grow this book.

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its sucks

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Josh
I loved this book. I read it while at camp for the week. Im only 12 and reading at a college graduate reading level. So this book didnt taje long at all. LOVED IT!

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The Whole Book is based on Zinkoff and he really wants to be like his father and he's just a original kid and can live up to his fear.

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