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Loser by Jerry Spinelli
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Feb 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic-fiction

In Loser, Jerry Spinelli introduces us to Donald Zinkoff. He's that off beat kid who does weird things like laughs to long and to loud at silly things like the word "jabib." At first the other students don't seem to mind or even notice, but as they get older they realize Zinkoff is different. The wonderful thing is that Zinkoff never seems to notice, he's a "loser," a "leftover who won't go away," and you may find yourself rooting for him along the way.
Zinkoff reminded me of a particular boy in my afternoon reading group. He has odd tendencies and seems to get excited, sometimes overly excited, about the strangest things. Reading Loser made me appreciate this student even more for the uniqueness he brings to the class.
I would recommend this book for upper intermediate grades. Wonderful classroom discussions could be had about being different and acceptance.
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