Blue Ribbon Blues

Blue Ribbon Blues

A Tooter Tale

By Jerry Spinelli; Donna Nelson; Donna Kae Nelson (Illustrator)

Random House Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780679887539, 69pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 1998


Ever since her family moved to Aunt Sally's farm, Tooter's known that farm life is definitely not for her. There's no pizzeria  for miles, her nearest neighbor is a dumb boy, and even her own pet chicken hates her! So Tooter decides to show everyone what she's made of by winning the blue ribbon at the County Fair's goat show. Now all she has to do is keep her little brother--and his paint brush--away from her prize goat!

About the Author
Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Donna Nelson is a Certified Coach and Author. You can find her at

Praise For Blue Ribbon Blues

"Tooter is a real-life, plucky, resourceful heroine."-- The Horn Book