Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

October 25th, 2015 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by Kayla, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Jake and lily are twins the book starts off by being them sharing a life then when they have there own rooms everything changes read the book to find out more.

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

October 16th, 2015 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by shay, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This is a great book.Jake and Lily are twins and were really close but there growing apart as the get older.I liked when Jake and Lily come close.I recommend this book for fourth and up.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

February 19th, 2015 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by Dan, Age 17 from Wisconsin

Rating: ★★★★½

This great book is about a kid that lost his parents, he is a runaway always trying to find better family. After what his aunt and uncle did to him there is no way he is going back there.
Most people have even cried after reading this great book.
Jerry Spinelli is such a great author. I recommend every single book he wrote to YOU!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

March 14th, 2013 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by amiah, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The title of this book is Maniac Magee. It is by Jerry Spinelli .It is a sad but good book .

The main character Maniac Magee’s parents die in a car accident. Then he is a hobo who lives in a zoo.No one in his town accepts him because he is white living with a black family .

My favorite favorite part is at the end so I cant say what it is but it’s nice.

i think people who are interested in black and white segragetion would like this book. Also people who like adventure.

Third Grade Angels: Book Review

February 27th, 2013 by

third-grade-angelsIf you’re a fan of Lisa Yee’s Bobby books, then I think you should meet Suds; I think he and Bobby would be friends!

In Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli, Suds is starting the new school year with a mission: All the third graders at his school are competing to be as “angelic” as possible, and they’ll each earn a halo from the teacher as they prove themselves. And who will be the first person to win a halo? Well, Suds is determined that it will be him!

But it’s hard work being so good. Being kind to his annoying little sister, controlling his outbursts at school, showing his teacher how much he cares… It’s enough to make anyone a little bit crazy. Not to mention the other kids who are also clearly out for the first halo — no matter the cost!

Will Suds get the first halo? I certainly rooted for him. And I think you will too, because Suds isn’t perfect and he’s not a natural hero, but he tries his best — in other words, he’s just like you and me!

Have you read Third Grade Angels, or the other book about Suds and his classmates, Fourth Grade Rats? Leave a comment with your thoughts or submit a review!

— Karen

Karen’s memory is a little foggy, but she’s pretty sure her class in elementary school was not often the winner of competitions between all the grades. Sadly, not too many pizza parties were earned…

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Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

January 23rd, 2013 by

Jake-and-Lily_Jerry-SpinelliSubmitted by Anna, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Oh my this book is so good! This is one of my favorite book list!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

January 15th, 2013 by

Submitted by collin, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

If you like any book funny yet sad then no dout you will like this book.

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

January 5th, 2013 by

Submitted by Mary Kate, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I liked this book so much because i am a twin. In the book Jake and Lily who are twins have a whole stage where Jake has defferent friends than Lily and Lily doesn’t like that Jake’s not giving Lily very much attenchion.

Kidsmomo Podcast #50: “Animal House”

June 14th, 2011 by

A pig who’s raised by a dog. A mouse seeking help from birds and rats. And a whole zoo full of animal heroes… Meet them all in our latest podcast, all about multi-animal adventures! PLUS, a walk down memory lane, to commemorate our 50th (YES! 50th!) podcast!

    Listen now: 

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  • “Have ewe herd?” — aka our mystery book revealed (AND Karen crammed two puns in there! Wahoo!)
  • Introducing… The Adventures of Manatee and Seahorse! And a lion + eagle buddy movie!
  • Our Multi-Animal Adventure picks (The Secret Zoo and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
  • A review from YOU (Smiles To Go)
  • Zedonks. Again.

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is Books About Dads, just in time for Father’s Day! So send us a review of your favorite book about dads and check out these books about dads!

— Karen and Nancy

Smiles To Go by Jerry Spinelli

June 1st, 2011 by

Submitted by Ayra, Age 11 from Ohio

Rating: ★★★★★

The first time I tried to read this book, I put it down in three seconds. It flew directly to my rejects pile– “Ew. This book is so slow!”

Not anymore.

Smiles to Go features Will Tuppence, a chess-obsessed, pizza-eating geek. It all started when a proton decayed and when Will realized that nothing lasts forever.

This book is amazing, and it had me crying at one point. I would reccomend it to you any day!

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