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Paw Prints, Aug 11, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 218 pages
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Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip."

Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero."

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Amazing plot and juicy character. - Goodreads
Interesting. Has an awkward ending. - Goodreads
Jerry Spinelli is such an amazing writer. - Goodreads
It was hard to read in a few places. - Goodreads
So fun! Great pictures. - Goodreads
This started out slow, but it had a great ending! - Goodreads

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A book a mother could love. Read full review

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I loved this book! I could relate because the main character Donald Zinkoff feels different. He gets picked on sometimes, but really is a good kid. In this book, you will learn about Donald's ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1941, Jerry Spinelli attended Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. Students, teachers and librarians from all over the world enjoy Spinelli's funny and true-to-life books. Spinelli was an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station Seventh Grade in 1982, followed by Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? in 1984. In 1991, Spinelli won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). He followed this success with such engaging titles as Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993), among others. In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book. With over 19 published books to his credit, Spinelli finds writing comes easiest when he's dressed comfortably in blue jeans, a flannel shirt and moccasins. Spinelli and his wife, Eileen, have seven children and 11 grandchildren.

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