Smiles to Go

Smiles to Go

by Jerry Spinelli
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Smiles to Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I like science so it was great! I read this book in a whole entire day. I reccomend it definetly!
ParkerMM More than 1 year ago
Actually more of a romance and a suspense than a children's novel. I liked that it was suspenseful. My favorite part about it is that it was detailed, especially when he talked about his skateboarding. I didn't like the end because I expected it to be more eventful. I would recommend it to preteens, especially girls. I don't think kids under 9 would like it.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As a long-time Jerry Spinelli fan, I was truly excited when given the chance to review his latest, SMILES TO GO. If you loved MANIC MAGEE or WRINGER, be sure to take a look at this one.

Will Tuppence is a typical freshman. He is worried about skateboarding, his annoying little sister, and hanging with his friends, Mi-Su and BT. But, as normal as that sounds, there is another side to Will. His fascination with science gives him a serious approach to life. His idea of a fun time is spending hours stargazing at faraway galaxies, and recent news that a proton can actually die has Will constantly concerned about just how long life can go on. His concern about protons becomes the underlying thought that occupies his mind as he stumbles through his freshman year.

Other things besides the proton problem are beginning to spin out of control for Will. After witnessing a secret kiss between Mi-Su and BT, he starts to wonder why he hasn't tried to kiss Mi-Su. She is suddenly looking like more than just a mere friend. Skateboarding has always provided a great release for Will until BT manages the impossible - a death-defying ride down Dead Man's Hill. How can Will even attempt to match that? There is also the constant pestering of Will's little sister, Tabby. How can he concentrate on his school work or attempt to train for the upcoming chess tournament when she's like an annoying mosquito buzzing through his life?

With SMILES TO GO, Spinelli takes his readers into the life of Will Tuppence. In his traditional straightforward style, he presents Will's challenges and triumphs in a way that left me chuckling and teary-eyed, often at the same time. I think Spinelli recognizes that his loyal fans are now a bit older and has given them a story to match their growth and maturity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it doesnt have bad stuff its okay for kids 4 th grade and up i love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will is what they call a Renaissance man as his interests and talents are varied. He's intelligent, likes not only gazing at the stars but can also identify what he's looking at. He's also a chess wizard, a Monoply master, an anchovy pizza lover, and a true and loyal friend. He's known by classmates as the mature guy, the giver of thoughtful advice, the one blessed with a head full of common sense. Will is the guy who, when he sees his best guy friend and best gal friend kissing, worries about the guy friend's feelings because he, too, has more than friendly feelings for their gal friend. Confusing? Well, for a guy who has his future mapped out with the set precision of a map of the constellations, it's fairly mindblowing. Add in his worry about the decaying protons around and within him, the constant agitating of his little sister, Tabby, for attention and inclusion, and the way his mind can't seem to focus on anything but the girl he's known since childhood and Will's world is anything but starry. A few unprecedented freak-outs, a Monopoly showdown, and a near tragedy open Will up to the realization that he needs to open his eyes to the NOW, not the mindboggling infinity of forever. Fans of Spinnelli will not be disappointed and newcomers to his work will find the down to earth normalcy of his kids and their problems completely familiar. I'd recommend it for boy and girl readers 10-14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone carries their own oppinions and mine is that this was a touching and cute story. Recomended to 12-14 yr olds or who ever loves to read for fun. Its a story that revolves around family and friend relationships and how nomatter how tough things get there will always be smiles to go..... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Spinelli, this is the best book yet! With many exciting twists and turns and true love tis book keeps you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. I think it is the best book ever written. Thank you Jerry...
Grace Rients More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book once i got into it i definetly reccomend it
Lauren Henesey More than 1 year ago
i love this book! i finished it in a matter of days
Joseph Petruzzo More than 1 year ago
soooooooo good! it had a good story line, and was put in chapters weirdly, so. it wasnt just chapter 1,2,3, but 'proton dead 24 days ago'. like. this: PD 24
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that everyobe should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good just blewup the lab well good by
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles To Go In Smiles to Go, by Jerry Spinelli, a science nerd, a ninth grader called Will, lives in his own world. He faces several challenges in life, like having a crush on Mi-Su, but his plan doesn’t work out that well, fights with his little sister, and worries about the protons dying. In the end, Will’s relationship changes with his sister and friends. The writer’s style is realistic. Two examples from the book that shows this is, “‘Daddy!’ ‘I can’t think,’ I said. ‘Focus,’ he whispered.” (pg 181) and “‘To the tournament. Saturday. I’m not ready, and I can’t get ready because of her. Maybe you can focus with all that racket, but I can’t. I’m not you. I’m not going.’” (pg 186). The four main characters are Will, who is described above, Mi-Su, who is famous, BT, who is a fun guy, and Tabby who is an annoying little sister. My opinion of the book is even though I liked and enjoyed reading the book, it could’ve been better. The beginning of the book could be more interesting or more fun, because I got bored when it started. However, the characters are realistic, like the behavior of the characters and the ending was good. I recommend this book to middle schoolers because they could more understand the story than those who are younger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pearsonally loved there was lots of romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles To Go is a very good book. It as a little sience mixed with a teen boys life. We highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pfft, dont we all know that???????!!!!!!!!!!!! Btw the book is great! READ IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best of all books. Jerry Spinelli gave his fans some thinking to do to choose which book is best Stargirl or Smiles To Go.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book read Loser by him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep writing jerry spinnelli!!!! Whoooo hoooo!!!!!!! Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it if you like this book read sleeping freshmen never lie it is a whole lot better sorry jerri spenelli
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read. Wasnt my fav book but still its a good book. U should read it. Love ur people in VA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read