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Dead Wednesday

Jerry Spinelli

Hardcover

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/2/2021)
Library Binding (8/3/2021)
CD-Audio (8/3/2021)

September/October 2021 Kids Indie Next List

“A heartwarming story about living life, dealing with death — even if you’re the one who’s dead — and the impact you have on others’ lives.”
— Melissa Fitzgerald, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
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Description

Can playing dead bring you back to life? Maybe only on Dead Wednesday... On this day the worlds of a shy boy and a gone girl collide, and the connection they make will change them both forever. A brilliant new novel from the Newbery Medal winner and author of the New York Times bestseller Stargirl.

Jerry Spinelli has created another middle grade masterpiece. --BookPage, starred review

On Dead Wednesday, every eighth grader in Amber Springs is assigned the name and identity of a teenager who died a preventable death in the past year. The kids don black shirts and for the whole day everyone in town pretends they're invisible--as if they weren't even there. The adults think it will make them contemplate their mortality. The kids know it's a free pass to get away with anything.

Worm Tarnauer feels invisible every day. He's perfectly happy being the unnoticed sidekick of his friend Eddie. So he's not expecting Dead Wednesday to feel that different. But he didn't count on being assigned Becca Finch (17, car crash). And he certainly didn't count on Becca showing up to boss him around Letting this girl into his head is about to change everything.

This is the story of the unexpected, heartbreaking, hilarious, truly epic day when Worm Tarnauer discovers his own life.

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780593306673, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2021



About the Author

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including Dead Wednesday, The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.