Jerry Spinelli

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Birthday
1, 1941
Birthplace
Norristown, PA
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
1, 1941 (age 77)
Birthplace
Norristown, PA

About

Award-winning author of young adult novels whose best known works include Wringer, Stargirl, and Maniac Magee. His first children's book, Space Station Seventh Grade, was published in the early 1980s.

Before Fame

He attended Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently worked as an editor for a department store publication and held a number of other odd jobs that allowed him to pursue a writing career in his spare time.

Trivia

He received a 1991 Newbery Medal for his most famous work, Maniac Magee.

Family Life

He married fellow children's book author, Eileen Mesi, in 1977. The couple went on to have six children and more than twenty grandchildren.

Associated With

He is a fan of author Madeline Lengle.