Happy Birthday, Jerry Spinelli!

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Beloved children’s author Jerry Spinelli turns 70 today. The man behind middle-school classics — including Maniac Magee — is beloved for his representations of young adult life. In 2003, Nickelodeon released a film adaption of Maniac Magee , which chronicles the tale of a runaway teen who winds up in a racially-divided town. The flick stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Rip Torn and the whole thing is available on YouTube. Indulge in a little nostalgia, won’t you?

February 1, 2011 - 3:23am
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