Smiles to Go (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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What is stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, pepperoni pizza eater, older brother, sister hater, best friend, first kisser, science geek, control freak Will Tuppence so afraid of in this great big universe?

Jerry Spinelli knows.

  

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In the novel Smiles to Go, by Jerry Spinelli, 9th grader science nerd Will Tuppence is solipsistic, he thinks his reality is the only one. He plans his perfect life, but after learning that protons die, he fears that his life can decay. Life challenges from his popular best friend/crush, Mi-Su, his dare devil best friend, BT, and to top it all off, the sibling conflict with his annoying little sister Tabby, occupy his thoughts.
The writer’s style is descriptive: “She stared at me with those wide eyes, her mouth frozen in wonderment, as if she was seeing ten falling stars at once.”(p.95) Another example is “The silver paper was fading to white along some edges and corners, where the afternoon sun strikes.”(p.175)
I would rate this novel 3 stars. I like the novel, it talks about real things like siblings, crushes, and best friends. I feel the beginning doesn’t really connect with the rest of the story. I would recommend it to middle schoolers because they would be able to relate to to the novel.
 

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User Review  - Marilyn - Goodreads

Spinelli's back with a gem of a story. I loved the focus on relationships between friends and siblings. It seemed very true to life. Will is a believable character and one that both boys and girls ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
29
Section 3
33
Section 4
37
Section 5
38
Section 6
62
Section 7
67
Section 8
68
Section 18
130
Section 19
149
Section 20
157
Section 21
158
Section 22
162
Section 23
164
Section 24
166
Section 25
180

Section 9
70
Section 10
75
Section 11
91
Section 12
93
Section 13
109
Section 14
112
Section 15
113
Section 16
117
Section 17
129
Section 26
185
Section 27
187
Section 28
207
Section 29
230
Section 30
241
Section 31
263
Section 32
265
Section 33
266
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About the author (2009)

Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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