Loser

Loser

Book - 2002
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Zinkoff is unlike other kids in school and so doesn't worry about coming in last place or always having the wrong answers, despite the teasing and comments he gets from those around him, in a tale about maintaining individuality amidst pressures of fitting in with the crowd. Teacher's Guide available. Reprint.

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From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen.

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."

With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy's individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs. The perfect classroom read.



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Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.

Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780060540746
9780060004835
0060004835
9780060001933
0060001933
Branch Call Number: J FICTION SPINE...J
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 22 cm

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indigo_fox_109
Jan 25, 2016

very thought provoking....

ChristchurchLib Nov 24, 2014

"The bullies in his class call him "loser," but quirky Donald Zinkoff hardly notices. Although he's clumsy, he laughs too much, his schoolwork is sloppy, and (due to a stomach problem) he throws up a lot, Donald is good-natured and enthusiastic about pretty much everything. Does that make him a pathetic weirdo, or an unsung hero? It's up to you to decide in this fast-moving, feel-good story. If you relate to characters who, like Donald, are more caring than they are popular or talented, you may also enjoy Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff." http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/67314d73-b332-4408-8732-ec53459f86e3?postId=63bb335c-0042-4c5a-b583-94cdcc097bd0

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MoonRiver5301
Aug 08, 2014

this such a good book!

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TheFhtrg
Jun 12, 2013

is there going to be a second book?

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amans
Dec 30, 2012

this bok is so good!

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Finnick_Odair
Apr 09, 2012

Hey, it's a really good book. It's good and I think everyone should read it. :3 read it, it's nice :)

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Hatsmos
Jan 18, 2012

Interesting book, but I don't think it's something I would suggest to someone. It was a bit bland, but had some interesting points. Bland to me though.

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beanieb
Aug 05, 2011

i enjoyed this book too. a very intresting book

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