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The first four novels that Jerry Spinelli wrote were intended for adults and all four were rejected by publishers. He wrote his fifth novel for adults too, but it ended up being his first book for children. “Space Station Seventh Grade” was published in 1982. “Maniac Magee,” “Wringer” and “Stargirl” are among his best-known works. Spinelli’s most recent book is “Third Grade Angels” (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books).

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Jerry Spinelli