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Spinelli, Jerry. Eggs.

SPINELLI, Jerry. Eggs. Little, Brown. 240p. c2007. 0-316-16646-4. $15.99. J

David and Primrose make an odd pair. David, age nine, recently lost his mother, and he vents his rage at his long-suffering grandmother. Primrose, age 15, has a childlike, neglectful fortuneteller for a mother, and she never knew her father: she creates a bedroom for herself in a junked van. The two lonely children forge an unlikely friendship, full of teasing and bickering. Like siblings, though, they do care for each other. They sneak out at night to have adventures, like trashpicking or finding nightcrawlers for Refrigerator John, a handicapped repairman who becomes their friend. When Primrose and David set off on their biggest adventure, walking the rails all the way to Philadelphia, these two lost children who reach out to each other to fill the ache in their hearts discover that there are indeed many people who care about them. Still, this isn't a sentimental sob story, but rather the tale of two quirky, convincing characters for whom readers will come to feel great affection. This unusual new novel by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee may take some booktalking, but it's a touching tale. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Date:May 1, 2007
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