The Library Card

The Library Card

by Jerry Spinelli


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From the Newbery-award winning author of Maniac Magee.

Mongoose, Brenda, Sonseray, and April have nothing in common...until a mysterious blue card appears as if by magic and begins to change each of their lives. None of them guesses it at first, but that strange blue card will be their ticket to the past—and to a future that they never imagined. In stories that range from humorous to heartbreaking, Newbery-award-winner Jerry Spinelli reveals the amazing possibilities lurking behind library doors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590386333
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Apple Signature Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 119,407
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee, one of his more than 25 acclaimed books for young readers. He now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.

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Library Card 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
coriblake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a magical element to the four short stories that reveal how a library card changes the lives of the four children in each story. Kind of weird! I didn't understand all that well the story of Sonseray. Hmmm??
i.luv.rootbeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, "The Library Card", touches on different people and different challenges but in the end teaches a good lesson about how can effect you. (This book is parted into 5 sections with 5 different people. I will be talking about the story of "Brenda".) In the Beginning of the story, Brenda is getting ready for a big change in her life that will effect her very much: No TV for a week. Brenda is not taking this well at all., because TV is her life. She is constantly thinking about what show she's missing and always trying to find ways to watch TV-no matter what it takes. Soon she can't handle it. She is finding it harder and harder to keep away from her TV. But in the middle of the night, sleep-walking, she finds a mysterious library card in her room and heads to the library to see how to use it. She breaks into the library, and finds a book. It's a book all about her, all about the things that she never really knew about herself because she was too busy wanting to know everything about TV characters. This mysterious book changes everything for Brenda. She has a want to tell everybody about all the things she learned about herself. She goes a little over the top with telling people about herself and she receives alot of joy from knowing things new things. But will she stay this way? Even when the week is over, when she go back to her TV?
awiltenburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am very disappointed in the introduction to this book. The first 33 pages plus is full of naughty behavior!! Stealing, disrespect, vandalism by painting public property, sneaking out, lying, treating teachers poorly, poor classroom behavior, poor attitude, etc... I would NOT use this book in the classroom because of the slew of bad behaviors in the book. There's so many it far outweighs any adventures that may be coming up.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ISBN: 0439856272Protagonist(s): four children for whom a library card has a profound impact upon their livesSetting: present-day, anywhere from urban to countryChildren's Fiction, StandaloneFirst Line: Fingers trembling, eyes on the man at the cash register, Mongoose snatched the Milky Way bar and stuck it in his coat pocket.Jamie Hill (Mongoose) has just turned twelve. He seems to have a lot of time on his hands, and he spends most of it with his best friend, Bobby Morgan (Weasel). Weasel dreams of the day he'll turn sixteen so he can quit school. His idea of a good time is shoplifting, selling the proceeds for spray paint, tagging everything that doesn't move, and dreaming of that hot Firebird he's going to have. Jamie is content to go along with everything Weasel does...until Jamie finds a library card.Brenda has had a passionate love affair with television since she was an infant. Unfortunately for her, her school has a week-long project: The Great TV Turn-Off. Brenda is just about to drive herself and everyone around her insane...until she finds a library card in her room where the TV used to be.Sonseray's mother died of a drug overdose. He and his uncle are calling an ancient Cadillac Eldorado home while his uncle is between jobs. Sonseray is filled with rage and takes that rage out on everyone and everything around him...until he happens to find a library card.April's most prized possession is her NYC library card. She's not happy about her family's move from New York City to a mushroom farm out in the middle of the country...until she happens to see a bookmobile on the road past her farm.This book was written for children from (roughly) ages 8 to 12, so the writing was a bit more simplistic than I'm used to. I thought Brenda's story was the weak one of the quartet, and the two strongest were Mongoose and Sonseray. The last two were so in need of something that would help steer them onto different paths. For a reader like me, it was wonderful that books, libraries and librarians were what helped them. This was a nice, quick read that made me remember what a special place books have had in my life.
LovelyOutcast More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 4 years ago and I barely remember the stories except for the one about Sonseray. I remember I really loved it... Hopefully I'll read it again soon.
cheerleadergirl123 More than 1 year ago
I think it is a really good book but i think it needs some more detail about the characters and some pitcuresin the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to fall asleep while reading a book then you should read this one. It was poorly written and the storyline was horrendous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was outstanding i go all the way with my man jim, on this one because its great i would say BUY IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was fabulous, although somewhat confusing. I had started reading this book in fourth grade. I thought it was great! It's so modern. Mongoose, Brenda, and all the other characters I dont really remember, are all modern like. From spray-painting to book-lover.(For Mongoose) It was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about four different kids. Four very different kids. Until one day a mysterious blue card appeared. No one notices anything at first. Until they find out that this card has power. The power to take them to the past, present and future. I liked this book because it had lots of descriptions. This book can describe the feelings and actions of the characters very well. Sometimes when I was reading this I got confused with all the descriptions. Over all I didn¿t like this book because it was almost like a run-on. Also when the story was confusing, it could make you go back and re-read it five times! In this book also it was talking about the main characters friends instead of the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this Book withen 2 and 1/2 hours and thought it was a great book. I recomend it to everyone. PS My favorite character is Mongoose and Weasel whose real names are Jamie and Robert
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greattttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a great book because it is so intresting. This book is intresting because it's characters make it so exciting that you can't stop readin it. I really recomend this book to everyone in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i ususule read mysteries so this book was a big change for me.even though it didn't make much sense most of the time, it was a good tells about four people and how a little card changes thier lives forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I liked it a lot. It was different but in a good way. I really liked the plot. With Jerry Spinneli's books, you have no idea what to expect. I didn't with this book or Wringer and Stargirl. But I liked all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book that i read,(the library card,) four lucky kids will be gifted by a magic blue library card.In the first story a kid named Mongoose is best friends with a street thug.They both do bad thing like steal, and spray paint on buildings. Until one day when they were on top of a building Mongoose finds a blue library card.This card then changes his whole life, from a low life street thug to a smart studious school boy.In the next story,a girl named Brenda is involed in a school project called the great t.v. turn off.She cannot watch t.v. for a couple weeks.When she is in her room she finds the card and this will change the way she watches t.v. in the third story, A guy named sonseray doesnt have anywere to go because he is homeless.He wonders around until he finds the library.This place has air condition but he does much more than sit and cool off.Finally in the last story, April finds a bookmobile and finds a card that leads her to reading books in the mobile.I rated this book 2 stars because it really doesnt make any sense to find a card and go to the library and read, read ,read. Therefore i rated this book only 2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. I reccomend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suggest this book to everyone and I really enjoyed it and i hope you do to