Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid
Title: Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid
Author: Jerry Spinelli
With all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction, a Newbery medalist presents a humorous account of his childhood in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which includes in his first kiss, first punch, and first trip to the principal’s office.
Lexile Level: 980
Guided Reading Level: U
Best-selling author Jerry Spinelli, winner of the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer, never set out to write books. For his first sixteen years, in fact, he didn’t even like to read them. Instead, he spent his days as a snowball thrower, yo-yo tangler, dark-sky watcher, and aspiring professional shortstop.
In this early memoir, Jerry Spinelli reveals a loving childhood filled with humor and drama: from a startling first punch to an outrageous first kiss to that fifty-yard dash when — for seven astounding seconds — no one was ahead of him. And although he didn’t realize it, Jerry Spinelli was watching closely and becoming a writer along the way.