Excerpt from Loser by Jerry Spinelli, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

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Loser
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    May 2002, 224 pages
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    Aug 2003, 224 pages

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Who?

Who?

Who?

Burping, growing, throwing, running -- everything is a race. There are winners everywhere. I win! I win! I win! The sidewalks. The backyards. The alleyways. The playgrounds. Winners. Winners.

Except for Zinkoff.

Zinkoff never wins.

But Zinkoff doesn't notice. Neither do the other pups.

Not yet.


Chapter Four
Zinkoff 's First Day

Zinkoff gets in trouble his first day of school.

In fact, before he even gets to school he's in trouble. With his mother.

Like the other neighborhood mothers of first day, first grade children, Mrs. Zinkoff intends to walk her son to school. First day is a big day, and mothers know how scary it can be to a six-year-old.

Zinkoff stands at the front window, looking at all the kids walking to school. It reminds him of a parade.

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Excerpted from Loser by Jerry Spinelly. Copyright (c) 2002, Jerry Spinelli. Reproduced with permission from Harper Collins. All right reserved.

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