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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 1st edition (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000714377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007143771
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Jerry Spinelli’s novels are recognized for their humour and poignancy and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real life experiences as the father of six children. He lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer in Phoenixville, PA, USA.


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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the wonderful story of Douglas Zinkoff, and his journey through elementary school and into high school. Douglas is different. He is clumsy, and enthusiastic. He laughs too much, too loudly, too long. He doesn't know when to quit. He is relentlessly enthusiastic, and what goes from being accepted in kindergarten becomes more of a handicap for him as he goes through school and other children notice how different he is. This does not deter him, and rarely upsets him. He just goes on being himself no matter what. At times this is a funny book because of it. At times it is a heartbreaking book because of it. We see everything from Zinkoff's point of view, but also, from time to time, as others see him, as we might in fact, see him ourselves. It is not always comfortable reading, but it is always powerful, and brilliant and clever. I love Jerry Spinelli. His work is simple and profound and wonderful, and this book is no exception.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "mattmarr" on 7 May 2004
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I bought this book in Gatwick as some light reading for the plane trip to Barcelona. To my embarrassment I found myself laughing out loud and then almost crying out loud. Being the first Spinelli book that I read I then followed up with Stargirl and Wringer and feel they make the perfect reading triptych. I have given them to friends (all adults) and we all agree that they are evocative, emotive and entertaining. However, Loser will remain a firm favorite with me for years to come.
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I had read Stargirl and really enjoyed it, but Loser was a much less realized book. I did read it to the end, but I felt it lacked a sense of direction.
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By Lewis Jones on 18 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
AMAZING BOOK FUNNY SAD CRAZY all at the same time!!!!!!!! I love it

I just don't understand one part of this book
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