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Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

Summary: Will Tuppence’s life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends. 248 p., Joanna Colter Books.

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14 thoughts on “Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

  1. I loved this book! There was great character development and the writing was descriptive without being overly wordy. I liked the way the theme followed through to a strong ending. I think it has definite Newbery potential.

  2. This book has a ton of emotion packed into it. The main character is a confused teen that goes through the emotions everyone goes through. The end almost made me cry. I had to reread it, reading the last few pages listening to The Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog… : ) This book is a definite contender for the Newbery Award.

  3. This is a very good book! The writing is so descriptive that you feel like you are in the story. You are the main character, you share his emotions and his experiences. The ending was so unexpected that it felt like real life. While it does get a little silly in the middle, the six point plan for kissing a girl, it is good all the way through. I agree with Allison, and I will put this book on my top six in a heartbeat.

  4. I loved this book too! Lots of emotion…it’s just plain great! I will definitely put this on my top six list.

  5. This was such a good book! I felt like I was right there while reading it-I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the balance of humor and tenderness. The ending was so very unexpected, and, while things turned out OK, made me cry. Ithink this definitely has potential.

  6. Smiles to Go is an excellent book. It has a great plot, and I especially like the writing style because it conveys the characters feelings well. The ending was sad and surprising, but it resolved the book well. This book is not my top choice but I think it has a good chance at becoming a Newbery Honor book.

  7. This is one of the best books that I have read in newbery so far. I loved the plot, it was exciting the whole way through and got me hooked fast.

  8. Like everyone else has said, this is a wonderful book. I love the writing style and the character development. I must admit that I found some parts slightly unbelievable, but at other times I felt that I was in the story myself! This is definitely in my top six!!! ^.^

  9. This book was amazing! Like Allison, I had to listen to The Rainbow Connection over and over! I would definitely put this in my top 6!

  10. During our First Top 3 Vote this year, the following comments were made about this book:
    “What’s on the outside of a person is not what’s really on the inside. I was very nice to my sister after I read this book – it inspired me!”
    “Has a mixture of sappy, kinda dumb romance, humor, and seriousness.”

  11. this book was excellent. just like everyone else had said it feels like you are part of the story. my favorite part about this book is will’s relationship with his strange nieghbor korbet.

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