There's a Girl in My Hammerlock

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 24, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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I'LL START WITH SIMETHING THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU. WHAT I REALLY WANTED IN JUNIOR HIGH WAS TO BE A CHEERLEADER. IF I HAD MADE IT, ALL THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED....

Maisie Potter isn't quite sure why she signed up for the boys' wrestling team. She's never been all that interested in boys, so it can't have anything to do with Eric Delong, in spite of the disturbing effect his smile has on her. And she's certainly not prepared for the effect her presence on the team has on the people around her.

Her brother's totally disgusted with her, her best friend drops her, her classmates ridicule her, and opposing teams forfeit rather than wrestle her. But Maisie's not a quitter, and she discovers that she really likes wrestling -- and that while Eric might not be worth the flak she puts up with, feeling good about herself is.
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Probably not Spinelli's best, but still a fun read. Maisie is both athletic and a real girl, and her family is fascinating. Unfortunately there were a few cardboard characters - but a reader could say ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
18
Section 4
21
Section 5
28
Section 6
34
Section 7
40
Section 8
45
Section 18
107
Section 19
111
Section 20
118
Section 21
124
Section 22
129
Section 23
134
Section 24
140
Section 25
148

Section 9
53
Section 10
62
Section 11
68
Section 12
74
Section 13
78
Section 14
85
Section 15
89
Section 16
95
Section 17
102
Section 26
154
Section 27
159
Section 28
167
Section 29
171
Section 30
176
Section 31
181
Section 32
190
Section 33
196
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About the author (2007)

Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. His other works include Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984), Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993). In 1991, he won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book.