Loser by Jerry Spinelli


Bibliographic Information: Spinelli, Jerry (2002). Loser. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Brief Annotation: Zinkoff, a learning disabled student, unaware that he is different from other students, has a tough time keeping up in class. He faces teasing and bullying from his fellow classmates, but Zinkoff proves that you don’t have to be the smartest kid to be a hero.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: Grades 5-6

Readers who will like this: Children who are having trouble keeping up with the grade level will be able to relate to this and it will help them see that they are not alone.

Rating/Response: 8/10. This book is heartwarming and emphasizes the importance of trying your hardest and never giving up. It also shows kids how to keep a positive attitude through their struggles.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is something that makes you different?

Posted by: Billy Gregg


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