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Eggs

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by Jerry Spinelli
     
 

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Eggs is a quirky and moving novel about two very complicated, damaged children. David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Primrose lives with her unstable, childlike, fortuneteller mother, and the only evidence of the father she never knew is a

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Eggs is a quirky and moving novel about two very complicated, damaged children. David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Primrose lives with her unstable, childlike, fortuneteller mother, and the only evidence of the father she never knew is a framed picture. Despite their age difference (David is 9, Primrose is 13), they forge a tight yet tumultuous friendship, eventually helping each other deal with what is missing in their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Young David is quivering with a rage that he doesn't really understand. This nine-year-old is essentially an orphan; he has an absentee father, and his mother recently died in an accident. On the surface, he seems ill suited for friendship, especially with someone as bossy and scathingly sarcastic as Primrose, David's elder by four years. But there are similarities in the predicaments of this odd couple: Primrose's fortune teller mother lives in her own world, and her father exists only as an aging framed picture. Somehow the pair cobble together a close relationship. A story of abiding loss and budding friendship.
Publishers Weekly

A nine-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl wouldn't seem to have much in common. But David and Primrose find they share some kindred feelings in their anger and hurt. David's mother has died in an accident and he's resisting with all his might a new living arrangement with his grandmother and always-at-work dad. Primrose's kooky fortune-teller mother and long-absent father have driven her to convert a broken-down van in the yard into her bedroom. A chance meeting and an unlikely friendship follow as both kids try to cope with-and perhaps find-what they're missing. Unfortunately, the story, though filled with quirky exploits, doesn't ever lift off. Morris, who voices both children, is not as convincing in the male role. Narrator Toren's smooth, velvety voice has a slightly imperious tone and sometimes sounds on the verge of laughter. The two-person-cast approach is clunky and not very effective here, and David and Primrose's frequent bickering and teasing, as well as David's excessive coldness toward his grandmother, grow tiresome. Ages 8-up. (July)

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KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
David and Primrose make an odd pair. David, age nine, recently lost his mother, and he vents his rage at his long-suffering grandmother. Primrose, age 13, has a childlike, neglectful fortuneteller for a mother, and she never knew her father: she creates a bedroom for herself in a junked van. The two lonely children forge an unlikely friendship, full of teasing and bickering. Like siblings, though, they do care for each other. They sneak out at night to have adventures, like trashpicking or finding nightcrawlers for Refrigerator John, a handicapped repairman who becomes their friend. When Primrose and David set off on their biggest adventure, walking the rails all the way to Philadelphia, these two lost children who reach out to each other to fill the ache in their hearts discover that there are indeed many people who care about them. Still, this isn't a sentimental sob story, but rather the tale of two quirky, convincing characters for whom readers will come to feel great affection. This unusual new novel by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee may take some booktalking, but it's a touching tale.
VOYA - Leslie Baker
It would be difficult to find a more unusual pair than David and Primrose. Nine-year-old David tries to follow every rule so that his mother will not be dead anymore. Thirteen-year-old Primrose lives in a van so that she will not have to share a tiny room with her fortune-teller mother. Their friendship is full of near-constant bickering, but somehow they each manage to fill in the missing pieces for each other. Spinelli uses the odd pairing of two youth with a four-year age difference to make his point about the meaning of other people in one's life. Although the characters have the typical Spinelli uniqueness, their actions tend to be predictable. The movement of the plot becomes attached to the little details of each character. David keeps a memento of his mother in his pocket and shows it to no one until at the end of the story when he shows it to Primrose. This book could be a comforting read for those who have had lost an essential person in their lives. It will certainly be a tough sell for some teens, but those with younger siblings might be able to relate to Primrose and David's situation.
School Library Journal

Gr 4 -7-Primrose and David seem to have little in common other than living in the same small town. She is a sarcastic 13-year-old who has moved into a van in her yard to avoid living with her flamboyant psychic mother. He is an angry and sad nine-year-old who recently lost his mother in an accident and lives with his grandmother. After becoming friends, the pair start secretly sneaking out at night to scavenge items to sell at the flea market or to hang out with a reclusive handyman named Refrigerator John. Their evolving love/hate relationship is the focus of Jerry Spinelli's novel (Little, Brow, 2007) as listeners slowly find out about each character's problems. The serious issues are balanced by humorous episodes such as looking for night crawlers and trying to run away to the city. Although they would hardly admit it, Primrose and David begin to look to each other for unconditional support like siblings. All the voices are wonderfully narrated by Suzanne Toren and Cassandra Morris. A quirky, heart-warming story.-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA

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Kirkus Reviews
It started with eggs-nine-year-old David on his way to an Easter egg hunt with his grandmother, 13-year-old Primrose living in an old Dodge van egged by local teenagers. And it ends, almost, with a sunrise "beautiful and smooth as a painted egg." In between, it's the story of a boy who has lost his mother and wants her back, and a girl who has a mother and moves out to get away from her. Together, they build a friendship watching late shows on TV, picking through trash, dining at Dunkin' Donuts, hanging out with Refrigerator John and running away to Philadelphia. With strong characterization of major and minor characters and a light, poetic touch, Spinelli deftly handles themes of friendship, family, loss and resilience in a story that will long linger in the hearts of readers. Elegant and memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316166478
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
86,249
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli is the author of the Newbery Award-winning Maniac Magee, the Newbery Honor winner Wringer, and the best-selling Stargirl. He lives with his wife, Eileen, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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Eggs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It had a bunch of big twists and turns and overall had a nice, basic, story. I think that it is an appropriate book for all ages and maybe a little more so for children. Jerry spinelli is a magnificent writer and nailed it again with this book; eggs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Eggs is one of the best books I have read. Eggs really caught my attention. It also inspired me to start writing a book of my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Spinelli, you have done it again! This book made me laugh, cry, hurt, and feel for all the characters. Amazing, Jerry, truly amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to be honest-this is one of the best books I have read. Spinelli knows how to make his stories come to life with his life-like details that make relating to the book easier and more enjoyable. Eggs is a story of love, loss, humor, anger, and pure joy. It's different and interesting, making it a good read. I definately recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
EGGS is a novel of lost souls--a boy who has lost his mother and a girl who wishes she could lose hers, both who more than anything need a human connection. For David and Primrose, that's easier said than done. As their awkward friendship develops from a strange meeting during an Easter egg hunt to late-night worm catching and finally a trek along a railway line, they badger each other and fight and eventually find a sort of peace. Most of the chapters focus on David, who is a hard character to like. Since the death of his mother, he has been obsessed with rules and rigidity. He turns the cold shoulder on his caring grandmother and deliberately provokes her, as well as pushing away any other kids' attempts at friendship. However, as he spends time with Primrose, who both fascinates him and angers him, her big-sisterly influence starts to soften him up. The way he deals with his pain and slowly comes to terms with it is heartbreaking and believable. The novel is more about revealing the characters and watching them interact and develop than any specific event. Its slow, contemplative pace will appeal to thoughtful readers. But this book isn't a downer--between the spats and the melancholy moments there's plenty of humor to be had. The descriptions of the town are colorful, and the well- developed minor characters add extra life to the story. Anyone who has lost a parent or been estranged from one will find much to relate to in EGGS. It hits readers with every emotion possible, from despair to hope, and entertains them along the way. **Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry is a great author and i love all of his books. He truly is one of those people who makes the world an awesomer place.
George Orellana More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good one. Even though it had nothing to do with eggs... at all! It was a good story on friendship. It shows that friendship will have its ups and downs. I did like the book a lot and I do recomend that you read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought if you followed the rules, something good would happen? David, an 11 year old boy is exactly doing that. In the book Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, David thinks that if he follows the simple rules in life, for example, holding a door for someone, or not awake when sun rises. That his mother will come back from the dead. David then comes across a laid back teenager named Primrose. With their adventures David learns new things, and Primrose makes a friend. David learns how to respect and to love. While Primrose finds out that everybody's guardian can be embarrassing, not just hers. The characters in the book are dynamic. They also have some drama, too. David's characteristics change throughout the book. He starts off as a scared little boy, than turns out to be an adventuress kid. David always rides his bike, and explores new things, he doesn't have that many friends to hang out with though. Primrose, a friend of David, and also a laid back teenager with long brown hair, usually up in two braids, is not afraid of that many things. She is also a dynamic character in the book. When David first met Primrose, he thought she was beautiful and nice. But that was before she tried scaring him. Primrose, is more of a prankster teen than a nice and loving one. Primrose's best friend is also a nice man is,Refrigerator John, is a mechanic that fixes Primrose's junk or broken house hold items. Primrose feels that David is a scared kid, and she has to help him get over his fears. David is afraid, he now lives with his grandmother because his mother died. He starts ignoring his grandmother for dumb reasons. Same with Primrose. Primrose's mother is a future teller, and Primrose feels that her mother is embarrassing. The characters share a bond in the book. Eggs is a wonderful book to read for all ages. The amazing author, Jerry Spinelli tells great details and includes wonderful description of the characters. The book has gotten wonderful reviews from The Bulletin, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and more. The start of the book is excellent, its pulling in the reader, and makes the reader wanting to continue reading on. It's a good book because it has excellent details, it has adventures and its a book that has lessons.
koolaid125 More than 1 year ago
If you like books about friendship and adventure, you'll want to read Eggs by Jerry Spinelli. This book is awesome. This book is about a boy named David and a girl named Primrose. David lives with his grandmother, who acts like his mother and he does not like that. Primrose lives in an old van. Her mom is a psychic. David's grandmother makes him go to an Easter egg hunt. He starts to pick up an egg sitting on a pile of leaves, and he sees lips. Primrose was hiding under all the leaves. And that's the beginning of a beautiful friendship! David sneaks out of his window at night, and he and Primrose go on adventures together. Some nights they walk down the streets with a wagon. They dig through trash and find things that Refrigerator John can fix. They sell them at the flea market to get money. Other nights they go hunting for night crawlers, which are long worms that you catch at night. Their friendship has brought them close together. They are almost like brother and sister. David and Primrose have both lost a loved one. David lost his mother and he barely sees his father. Primrose doesn't know where her father is and she doesn't like her mother. I would recommend this book to people in 5th grade and up, who like books about adventure and friendship. You have to go out and buy this book. It is a must read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just randomly searching for something to read, when I come across a book with no name on the cover. I pick it up, and check it out, as any random and ignorant person. When I got home, I (Finally) read the back. Starting the book today, and ending today, I could not put it down! Primrose has got to be my favorite character! Her bossy personality always makes me laugh. Overall, this was one of the best books I've ever read. I reccomend this for random searchers ad anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love david badly!!!!!! :):);)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just awesome in all the right ways. I just love it so much even when he was talking to the girl with glittery purple eye shadow and the only egg he could find in her mouth. Wich personaly i think was his mother. My family is very amazed at how i can understand this book being that i am only 11years old. Im not finnish but i cant wait to!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!! I could read this twice and it will still be great;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out confusing and mysterious but later you kind of figure things out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in what....fifth grade. Totally forgot the story line but ik i looooooved it! Reading it soon. Love this author.(along with Wendy Mass!!!!!)
Peter Wagner More than 1 year ago
its very decriptive awesmome book READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!! :D :):) :)
Anabella Seligson More than 1 year ago
great book
Kyla Lepine More than 1 year ago
this book about how 2 kids come together as friends is eggsellent!
Madison Devlin More than 1 year ago
eggs is one of the best books
Ayla Boykin More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!!!!
megarie More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite books by far.
Tammy Enea More than 1 year ago
this is a great book that i recommend for all ages!!!!! --- nina 6 grade
Kiana Altamirano More than 1 year ago
Really good book i enjoyed reading it!!!!!!
Jerellen Wilkerson More than 1 year ago
heartwarming, sad at times, and a good laugh! this was a book that you should definitely check out!!! ---Mikayla, 6th gr.
Kali Duarte More than 1 year ago
I read this in third grade now in fifth i love this book because it is soooo touching i couldnt handle my wonderful mother getting killed.