Why [Gettysburg alumnus and] children’s author Jerry Spinelli won’t shy away from tough topics (PBS)

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Watch a recent PBS interview of Gettysburg alumnus, Jerry Spinelli, who is an American writer of children’s novels and former editor of The Mercury, the college’s literary magazine.

Opening Excerpt:

Though Newberry Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli has always written for kids, he’s never shied away from tough topics. In his writing, Spinelli — best known for his 1990 novel, “Maniac Magee,” which explores racism and homelessness, and his 1996 novel “Wringer,” about a boy learning to stand up to peer pressure towards violence — explores the difficulties of adolescent life with empathy, humor and realism. His new book, “The Warden’s Daughter,” is no different, as it follows a girl who grows up without a mother in a county prison.

In an interview with correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Spinelli said he doesn’t worry about whether kids can handle more mature themes.

Click HERE to watch the recent interview on PBS.

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