Loser is a book written by Jerry Spinelli in 2002. It earned Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award.
Donald Zinkoff the main character shows how he deals with his problems. He almost lives in his imaginary world. He is almost like a normal kid: riding his bike, waiting for snow days, wants to be a mailman like his dad. His adventure starts in first grade. He enjoys school. He is trying his best but nobody notices him. His teacher have no believe in him. His dad always supports him, even if he’s losing. Even in second grade he does not give up. He always go further. He still tries to write well but he can’t. Then one teacher Mr. Yalowitz believes in him and gives him a new hope. Later on field day his team loses because of him. They call him loser. He finds his best friend, Hector who is making candles with his own earwax. He meets old lady that calls him mailman because he was dressed like him and gave lists with his paintings. He meets Claudia. He also saw waiting man on 900 Willow Street. Waiting man is old guy expecting his brother to come from vietnam war for thirty-two years. In sixth grade he skips field day because nobody wants him in his team. After graduating he goes to seventh grade where he signs up for almost every activities. But he must reject most of them for band. But then there is a accident on 900 Willow Street…
The main theme is about “Going up with your life”. Zinkoff started from the bottom and now he has friends and plays in a band. It also shows to never give up and there is always someone to support you. You need to go further and maybe you are going to fall sometimes but you need to get up and go.
I recommend it for kids 8-12 years old but adults can sure read it. Some moments are serious and sometimes it’s very funny. I hope you will like it.