Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

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Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose lives with her childlike, fortuneteller mother, and a framed picture is the only evidence of the father she never knew. Despite their differences, David and Primrose forge a tight yet tumultuous friendship, eventually helping each other deal with what is missing in their lives. This powerful, quirky novel about two very complicated, damaged children has much to say about friendship, loss, and recovery.

About Jerry Spinelli

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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.
Published June 1, 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 225 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It started with eggs—nine-year-old David on his way to an Easter egg hunt with his grandmother, 13-year-old Primrose living in an old Dodge van egged by local teenagers.

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The two-person-cast approach is clunky and not very effective here, and David and Primrose's frequent bickering and teasing, as well as David's excessive coldness toward his grandmother, grow tiresome.

Aug 13 2007 | Read Full Review of Eggs

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While readers will likely get a kick out of David and Primrose's quirky behavior, they might also want to move beyond the kids' bickering into deeper, meatier territory, such as death, fear and healing—issues that clearly affect them both.

May 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Eggs

The Bookbag

So it's only when David and Primrose realise that everyone needs love in their lives but also that it can spring from more than one place, does their recovery really begin.

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My favorite bit in the book came early, when David’s rationalization of his mother’s death is explained: For David believed that if he went a long enough time without breaking a rule — a year, five years, twenty — piling up a million obediences, a billion — sooner or later, somehow, somewhere, ...

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Common Sense Media

I loved this book so much that I'm doing a book report on it, even though I don't like book reports.

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Common Sense Media

Primrose, 13, never knew her father, and her mother is so distant that Primrose has moved into a van in the backyard.

Jun 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Eggs


David joins Primrose on her midnight jaunts, sneaking out of his window so as to not wake up his grandmother.

Apr 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Eggs

A Patchwork of Books

Jerry Spinelli has a unique writing style, and the book Loser also shows that (at least, I think that he wrote Loser...I forget, it was so long ago!) Anyway, I haven't read Love, Stargirl, but I guess it could be worth it to try and read it...

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Broad Street Review

It’s an adaptation of a 2007 novel by the Newberry Medal-winning children’s author Jerry Spinelli, and, like many of Spinelli’s works, it focuses on misfit children.

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