by Jerry Spinelli

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From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen.

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."

With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy's individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs. The perfect classroom read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061756825
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 195,698
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
File size: 708 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Smiles to Go; Loser; Jake and Lily; Hokey Pokey; and The Warden’s Daughter. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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Loser 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 316 reviews.
EsJay_Da_Aussum More than 1 year ago
Book Review By SeungJin Han Recently, I finished a book called Loser, by Jerry Spinelli. It had an interesting plot that was simple yet enjoyable. The writer used different elements to pull off this lively book. The story is just basically about the life of Donald Zinkoff, a loser who lives in a small suburban city. It tells about what happens at his school and what he does at home. So there are several exciting events, such as him delivering the mail with his dad, messing up field day, befriending Hector Binns for a while, and receiving his first but last A. However, near the last half of the book, there is one more emphasized event. A girl named Claudia goes missing during the night of a very snowy day, and Zinkoff sets out to find her. Loser had great characters, an amazing plot, and an excellent setting. The reader will surely enjoy Zinkoff unknowingly growing, changing, and developing into a normal kid who can fit in. This book will give out several giggles and laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny but when donald zinkoff grows up it gets more interesting. I totally recomend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. Anyone who doesnt like this book either didnt understand it or just never read it and are listining to people who didnt understand it. Anyway the point is that this is one of the greatest books i ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a 6th grade student from Glendale, Arizona. I read Loser by Jerry Spinelli as one of my five books that I had to read for the second quarter. It was a really good book. When I would have to stop reading it, I just couldn't put it down. It really grabbed my attention. Loser is definitely one of my favorite books. It's about a boy named Donald Zinkoff. He's outgoing, brave, and is also really funny. The book didn't say when it took place, but it probably took place in the present. When the book starts, he's starting first grade. By the end of the book, Donald is in middle school. During these years, Donald has many adventures. A part that I really liked reading was when it was Take Your Kid to Work Day. Donald got to help deliver mail with his dad because his dad is a mailman. His dad didn't want him delivering real mail, though, so Donald wrote letters to all the people in his neighborhood and delivered those instead. One woman that he delivered mail to would always call him "Mailman" every time she would see him. Another part that I liked was Donald's first day of school. He had a really tall hat that looked like a giraffe that he got from the zoo. He wore it on his first day of school. Some older kids were bullying him and took his hat. They were rubbing it in the dirt, but Donald just laughed along with the boys. They finally gave up on trying to pick on him. I like the way Donald reacted because it showed that he's brave when it comes to bullies. I can connect this book to my own life because I'm a kid like Donald. I have to face bullies and stand up for myself just like Donald did in the book. I can connect this book to the world because there are a lot of scary things in the world and people can stand up for themselves, but still be kind, just like Donald. Loser, by Jerry Spinelli is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down after i started reading loser its just that great and funny of a book!!
Johnny_Boy_Ruler More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen or heard about a loser that loves school? A boy named Donald Zinkoff's love about the school is more than red, hot, flames of fire even though he is a loser. This story takes place in a elementary school which Donald goes to. The sidewalks are ruled by the 4th and 5th grade. This book is just about Donald's life through 1rst to 6th grade in the elementary school. The big problem is that Donald loves school too much even though he gets all teased and bullied by the older kids or his classmates. Donald still gets to get friends but always gets in trouble. He's just a guy that never wins. You may think Donald will just stay as a loser through graduation day, middle school, and high school. The answer is no. He changes from a Loser to a Winner on the very last day. You might want to know how Donald changes to a winner from a Loser. If you want to know, check this book out. I don't highly recommend this book to you because it's just a story about a Loser's life through 1rst to 6th grade. Though Donald faces many situations and changes to a Winner (hero) from a Loser. If u want to know how he changes then check this book out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! :^)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recremended for all ages!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Luv it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for a book report and i loved it. Recommended for ages 9-13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book:)
hoodreader More than 1 year ago
Loser is a book about a young, awkward "loser" named Donald Zinkoff. It tells of his adventures from first through sixth grade. It's everything the average kid faces, such as snow days, the curious mystery of the cellar monster, and silly words like "jabip", but Zinkoff has his own quirky differences- like, an upside down stomach valve, a three foot tall giraffe hat, and the urge to yell, "YAHOO!". I would definitely say the reading level of this book is between fourth and sixth grade, but Zinkoff is a character anyone can love. He's goofy, yet lovable, and I can guarantee he will make you smile. It teaches the important lessons of growing up, in a fun, cute story. Kudos to Jerry Spinelli, because this is definitely his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved reading loser it was so exciting but at the end J.S (the auther) had to leave us hanging. it was sad because zinkoff didn't know every on e was calling him a loser.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet and funny book that people of all ages will love it. I give it FIVE stars . . O
121999AM More than 1 year ago
For my literature class, everyone had to read a Jerry Spinelli book. I choose this one because I wanted to see whats would happen to Zinkoff. Here's a sneak peek of what happens to Zinkoff. Zinkoff in multiple different chapters is moving up from grades.... In chapter 1 it's the first day of Kindergarten and Zinkoff is wearing his new hat he got from the zoo. Which is a giraffe hat, but someone steals it and says to the teacher that Zinkoff stole my hat. This is all I am going to tell you becasue it will give the whole thing away. Everyone can connect with this book! Jerry Spinelli writes in Pennsylvania and he also includes in one of his stories a middle school called Lionville Middle School. I would highly recommend this book at any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best it was in my school library and i took it and read the whole thing so i saw it in the nook library and read it its a wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this cute little novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts are sad and some parts are boring, but overall a good book.
PATRICIA HANNAN More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and the life that this kid goes through is not what you will expect from a regular kid. Knowing that he is different and the way he puts his self and the way the other characters react, it will have you laughing.
Sira Rampersad More than 1 year ago
I think this is a good book for kids in Elemantry school who is having trouble fitting in,so that's why I give this book 5 stars.
David Martin More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is about a little boy named zinkoff and his years of life through kindergarten to six grade and he is a remarkiable kid energized and ready to learn
JJ Mahoney More than 1 year ago
Great auther