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.

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 September 1, 1998 by Perfection Learning. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Spinelli (The Bathwater Gang Gets Down to Business, 1992, etc.) has spun four disparate stories linked through the inanimate object that appears in each--a library card.

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For Leo, caught between his peers and his connection to Stargirl, the essential question boils down to one offered to him by a sage adult friend: ""Whose affection do you value more, hers or the others'?"" As always respectful of his audience, Spinelli poses searching questions about loyalty to o...

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Common Sense Media

Each story is a small gem, and each is an imaginative, offbeat, and often poignant reminder of the power of books and libraries, and the wisdom of librarians, who know that placing just the right book in a child's hands can change his life forever.

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