Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid

Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid

by Jerry Spinelli


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Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction.

"A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" (The Washington Post), 

From first memories through high school, including first kiss, first punch, first trip to the principal's office, and first humiliating sports experience, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood. Rather, like Spinelli's fiction, its appeal lies in the  accessibility and universality of his life. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir— a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679887911
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 195,714
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.

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Knots in My Yo-Yo String 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
luvluvluv More than 1 year ago
This book was really interesting! It has a very interesting format and the title was so eye-catching! You must read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it is great for book reports or just to relax!
Erica Brier-kennedy More than 1 year ago
I think i might want to read it, jerry spenelli is a awesome author, you should red his book Eggs!
Wilson Caraballo More than 1 year ago
that book is great that kid must of had a great life
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think biographies are usually boring but this one is very interesting and exiting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knots In My Yo-Yo String was great. Has great pictures and you can find things in this books from other books he wrote.
Sonia Salinas More than 1 year ago
it was awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing... just...incredible...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought knots in my yo yo string was ok. It could of been better. One thing he should of added was his birthday. It doesn't really tell alot of accomplishments. I hope if someone writes another book about him they include his birthday and if they can his bith hospital.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knots in my yo-yo string was a great book. I read it and my teacher says there is lots of stuff that connects with other books. (She BEGS us not to read Maniac Magee!!!)
Fretta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a easy book to read with children in the classroom. Its a great way to get them involved in class.
nateray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thiis reminds me of friends, and it makes me want to hear stories from my relatives.
volleyball10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book if you like biographys. Even if you don't, this is a good book to read if you have neaver read an autobiography.
madelinelbaker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is a good example of an Autobiography because it is written by Jerry Spinelli himself, a well known children's author, about his childhood, and what events lead him up to being a writer.
tigger14 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a great book about a Jerry Spinelli and his life.
ErinH611 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I liked how the author basically wrote a biography of himself and published it for the whole word to read. He learns lessons in this book and walks us through his life. He teaches us his goals and accomplishments in life, young or old. He was meant to be a writer and that is exactly what he is!
TwoMillsKid More than 1 year ago
Very fast paced book. Read it in one slow sections. I was captivated by memories from my youth similar to the author's. An easy and pleasant read. Will probably read it again a year from now.
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Ken10 More than 1 year ago
The book Knots in My Yo-yo String by Jerry Spaniel is all about the events he encountered. It tells the reader about his feelings, his reaction, and his thoughts. This book has a mix of high and low points. It gives the reader knowledge, and action. To me this book was different, but it was good. I would recommend this book to teens because it`s more about what it was like for him when he was a teen. There were two things that stood out to me, and they were the action which is described by descriptive language, and the lessons each section gives the reader about certain situations they may encounter as a teenager.  In this book there was only one thing I did not like about it, and that was how he used so many subjects at once. However, that meant there wasn’t a dull moment in the book. I encourage teens to read this book because it gives you tips about situations you may get into. This book also shows what can happen to you when you do them. It doesn’t just teach about lessons. It teaches you about life, and that is why I highly recommend teens to take a couple minutes out of their day to sit down and read this book. If I had to choose I would give this book 3 stars. I gave it only 3 stars because it had action, descriptive language, and lessons. However, there are other ways the writer could have made this book better. 
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How do i look at it can i do that
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Kind of dull
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