The Library Card by Jerry SpinelliMongoose, Brenda, Sonseray, and April have nothing in common...until a mysterious blue card appears as if by magic and begins to change each of their lives. None of them guesses it at first, but that strange blue card will be their ticket to the past--and to a future that they never imagined. In stories that range from humorous to heartbreaking, Newbery-award-winner Jerry Spinelli reveals the amazing possibilities lurking behind library doors.
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The Library Card – Review
The Library Card is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli. The book is broken into four short stories each following a different main character, but all connected to a library card. The book The Library Card is about four kids who each have some problem in life that the library card solves. During the course of the four short stories, the library card changes each of their lives for the better. The main character of the first section, Mongoose, struggles with peer pressure from his friend Weasel.
School is dumb, playing by the rules is dumb, and breaking the rules is extremely cool. They aren't kids anymore and cannot be scared into cooperation by teachers and principals. When Mongoose rips off the Mini-Mart for the first time he feels like a king and he joins Weasel in discussions of what they will both do when they get their first cars and when they leave school at the age of sixteen. Then Mongoose finds a library card. On a whim Mongoose goes to the library, something he has never done before and he discovers something extraordinary. He finds out that there is an enormous world out there full of remarkable things and all he has to do is to open a book and he can read all about animals, people, places, distant galaxies, and so much more.
Summary: This book tells the stories of four different kids and their experience with a magical library card. The first kid, Mongoose, is struggling with peer pressure to be a delinquent and take up graffiti. Brenda, the second kid, is obsessed with television, but has to give it up for a week for a class project in favor of reading.
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Spread the word. Four kids, with difference backgrounds, families and lives, come into contact with a simple blue library card that soon changes their lives and helps shape their most important decisions. The book is broken into four section, each section devoted to one of the 4 kids. The first section is about Mongoose and Weasel. Both are slackers in school and dream of dropping out and running away. Sonseray is a troubled child who lost his mother to a drug overdose. Finally, April takes a trip on a bookmobile in a new town that soon changes her perspective on life and the people in it.
Are Mongoose and Weasel thieves? They steal candy from the store and sell their loot at school and by spray paint. Weasel is the thief. Stealing 2 pillowcases full of donuts, pies, Devildogs, Twinkies, and coffee cakes. But Mongoose only a bit.