Loser by Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli (Editor), Joanna Cotler (Editor)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5U4.336204

From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen.

Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip."

Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero."

With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy's individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs. The perfect classroom read.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on March 1, 2003 by Collins
ISBN-10: 0007143788
ISBN-13: 9780007143788
40 Book Reviews
  • jackds
    jackdsMonday, November 9, 2020 at 2:18 pm55 stars
    The book “Loser” is amazing! I mostly liked when Zinkoff started searching for Claudia, even though she was found. I think that Zinkoff is very caring. On page 218, someone finally chooses him to be on his team, and that is when Zinkoff feels like he has a friend. For example, if you liked “Wonder”, you will absolutely love this book because it has almost the same situation going on. I think this book is really good, and I hope you like it (if you actually read it)!
    • peloquin
      peloquinWednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:09 am
      i ii i i love love love love love love loved it!!Its the best. Most recommended.
      • neverkid
        neverkidThursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:00 am
        Thanks for the reviews. I am thinking of reading it now.
        • howls
          howlsThursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:56 am55 stars
          So far it's ok I thought maybe every one should read it if your over8 at least but ya so far it's good/neverkid your welcome I bet you end up loved it maybe when we both are done we can talk about it what do you think?
          • Bob the guyMonday, June 18, 2018 at 9:09 am
            I was sadly forced to read this book last year for summer reading. I am not too fond of this book, it's nice how he tries to find a little girl who gets lost in a storm.. but in the end.. *spoiler* he doesn't even find the girl. Turns out the little girl was found hours ago and Zinkoff was the one trying to be found! He laughs so hard at the easiest things.. and his name doesn't make too much sense either? And he randomly vomits too? Now I can see how the book got it's title. Maybe someone else will like this book better than I did. He tries to find a girl but he doesn't find her, he vomits, picked on at school, laughs at EVERY little thing, and his name is ZINKOFF.
            • allison2314
              allison2314Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 9:52 am55 stars
              I loved the book allot totally recommend you read it💘💘💘💘💘
              • celekovymu
                celekovymuThursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:13 am44 stars
                Zinkoff is a great person to learn from when you are being teased and you can learn a lot of lessons from him
                • fabbeauty
                  fabbeautyThursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:31 am
                  At school we are doing book clubs and we are reading Loser! Its bout this kid called Zinkoff but aka Mr.Weirdo and how he is a Loser pretty awesome book! I recommend 4th-5th graders read this.
                  • e06
                    e06Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm
                    Me and my classmates recently finished this book. I highly recommend this book if you like " The Warden's Daughter" , " Stargirl", and " Wringer" . This book is action-packed. Its shows the bullied child's side of the story. His kindness towards some. You should read it!
                    • missadair27
                      missadair27Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm55 stars
                      We are currently reading this book during Read Aloud; the kids love it!