Smiles to Go

Smiles to Go

by Jerry Spinelli


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Ninth grader Will Tuppence is in control.

He plans everything obsessively, from the perfect stargazing night with his crush, Mi-Su, to the regular Saturday-night games of Monopoly with his friends. He's even planned his entire adulthood: career as an astronomer; mint condition, black 1985 Jaguar XJS/12; two kids. . . .

But everything changes the day Will learns one startling fact: protons—those tiny atomic particles, the building blocks to the building blocks of life—can die. The one thing that was so certain in this world to Will has an expiration date.

And Will's carefully planned-out life?

Not so certain, either.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064471978
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 263
Sales rank: 189,088
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Smiles to Go; Loser; Jake and Lily; Hokey Pokey; and The Warden’s Daughter. 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.

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Smiles to Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I like science so it was great! I read this book in a whole entire day. I reccomend it definetly!
ParkerMM More than 1 year ago
Actually more of a romance and a suspense than a children's novel. I liked that it was suspenseful. My favorite part about it is that it was detailed, especially when he talked about his skateboarding. I didn't like the end because I expected it to be more eventful. I would recommend it to preteens, especially girls. I don't think kids under 9 would like it.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As a long-time Jerry Spinelli fan, I was truly excited when given the chance to review his latest, SMILES TO GO. If you loved MANIC MAGEE or WRINGER, be sure to take a look at this one.

Will Tuppence is a typical freshman. He is worried about skateboarding, his annoying little sister, and hanging with his friends, Mi-Su and BT. But, as normal as that sounds, there is another side to Will. His fascination with science gives him a serious approach to life. His idea of a fun time is spending hours stargazing at faraway galaxies, and recent news that a proton can actually die has Will constantly concerned about just how long life can go on. His concern about protons becomes the underlying thought that occupies his mind as he stumbles through his freshman year.

Other things besides the proton problem are beginning to spin out of control for Will. After witnessing a secret kiss between Mi-Su and BT, he starts to wonder why he hasn't tried to kiss Mi-Su. She is suddenly looking like more than just a mere friend. Skateboarding has always provided a great release for Will until BT manages the impossible - a death-defying ride down Dead Man's Hill. How can Will even attempt to match that? There is also the constant pestering of Will's little sister, Tabby. How can he concentrate on his school work or attempt to train for the upcoming chess tournament when she's like an annoying mosquito buzzing through his life?

With SMILES TO GO, Spinelli takes his readers into the life of Will Tuppence. In his traditional straightforward style, he presents Will's challenges and triumphs in a way that left me chuckling and teary-eyed, often at the same time. I think Spinelli recognizes that his loyal fans are now a bit older and has given them a story to match their growth and maturity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it doesnt have bad stuff its okay for kids 4 th grade and up i love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will is what they call a Renaissance man as his interests and talents are varied. He's intelligent, likes not only gazing at the stars but can also identify what he's looking at. He's also a chess wizard, a Monoply master, an anchovy pizza lover, and a true and loyal friend. He's known by classmates as the mature guy, the giver of thoughtful advice, the one blessed with a head full of common sense. Will is the guy who, when he sees his best guy friend and best gal friend kissing, worries about the guy friend's feelings because he, too, has more than friendly feelings for their gal friend. Confusing? Well, for a guy who has his future mapped out with the set precision of a map of the constellations, it's fairly mindblowing. Add in his worry about the decaying protons around and within him, the constant agitating of his little sister, Tabby, for attention and inclusion, and the way his mind can't seem to focus on anything but the girl he's known since childhood and Will's world is anything but starry. A few unprecedented freak-outs, a Monopoly showdown, and a near tragedy open Will up to the realization that he needs to open his eyes to the NOW, not the mindboggling infinity of forever. Fans of Spinnelli will not be disappointed and newcomers to his work will find the down to earth normalcy of his kids and their problems completely familiar. I'd recommend it for boy and girl readers 10-14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone carries their own oppinions and mine is that this was a touching and cute story. Recomended to 12-14 yr olds or who ever loves to read for fun. Its a story that revolves around family and friend relationships and how nomatter how tough things get there will always be smiles to go..... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Spinelli, this is the best book yet! With many exciting twists and turns and true love tis book keeps you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. I think it is the best book ever written. Thank you Jerry...
Grace Rients More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book once i got into it i definetly reccomend it
Lauren Henesey More than 1 year ago
i love this book! i finished it in a matter of days
Joseph Petruzzo More than 1 year ago
soooooooo good! it had a good story line, and was put in chapters weirdly, so. it wasnt just chapter 1,2,3, but 'proton dead 24 days ago'. like. this: PD 24
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very interessting. It sort of reminds me a little like my life near the end, where Will's sister, Tabby got hurt, and he realizes just how much he loves her...... Last, last winter, my sister had a brain injury, and had to be hospitalized. That's really when I realized how much I treasure her, and how much life'll be different without her, no matter how annoying she might be. This book was really cool though! A little on the normal side though, like...almost every book I've read is about a normal teenager, living their normal lives until something happens. In this book, Will falls in love. Really interessting though! I love Jerry Spinelli!!!
nateray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My friend Ben recommended this and at first I was kinda BUt when I forced myself to read it, I couldn't get away from it! My nose was stuck inside of it!
prettypinkpony1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the ending of this book because it surprised me when Tabby was doing stuff to annoy Will just because she wanted to be closer to him, but she didn't know how to show it. It also really surprised me when Tabby took Will's skateboard and rode it down dead Man's Hill.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Will Tuppence is a quirky, chess-playing, list-making, skateboarding, stargazing character! When the book opens, he gets a phone call from one of his two best friends, Mi-Su, who tells him to turn on the radio. Listening, Will hears that in a research facility in Yellowknife, Canada, scientists have recorded data that proves that protons can be destroyed. This causes Will to have some concerns - -when will his protons up and die on him? At what point will all the particles of Will no longer exist? And though he will obviously be dead by then, will he be an angel or spirit and aware of it? You might think this is a serious book -- but then, this is Jerry Spinelli, who adds in plenty of real-life situations: skateboarding down the infamous Deadman's Hill, annoying little sister Tabby, the every-Saturday-night Monopoly games and pizza with Mi-Su and BT and the inevitable teenage romance problems their triangle presents, the teachers who are detention-slip gods, and where to hide the Christmas presents so no one finds them. Will's experiences are funny, especially when he asks the five-year-old neighbor boy who has a crush on Tabby for romantic advice! 6th grade and up.
ErmaSue44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's about a skateboarder who likes his best friend since childhood. He has another friend who he is afraid also likes his friend. He wants to be an star gazer. He keeps track of days in his diary by how many days after the first proton died.
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ninth-grader Will learns to deal with uncertainty in this quiet coming-of-age title. His best friendships get confusing when he realizes he has a crush on Mi-Su when he sees her kissing BT. His little sister will not leave him alone no matter what he does. When even the science he has learned to rely on fails him, he doesn't know where to turn.
teacherddunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Will has an incredibly annoying little sister, a crush on a girl he has been friends since kindergarten, and another friend who is a goof ball. As Will tries to deal with all of these factors, he comes to grips with who he really is.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first, this book just seemed like a breezy, but still very enjoyable, read from the fantastic Jerry Spinelli. Then Will's obsessive ruminations started to get on my nerves a little bit and I was starting to feel over this book. And then, it socks me in the gut with a twist and gets all emotional and I'm almost crying. In the end, this was quite a good book. Spinelli continues to impress me. His books are simple yet spellbinding at the same time.
brainlair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I don't like not knowing what comes after Plan Part VII-G." Will Tuppence is obsessed with forever. That's how long he wants to be around. Will tries to control his life, his friend's lives, and everyone else's. Then the proton dies...and Will's live becomes the very thing he is so afraid - unpredictable.This story is funny and lyrical. You can't help writing down some of the lines or reading them to whoever happens to be near you! I can't wait to pass it on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that everyobe should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good just blewup the lab well good by
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles To Go In Smiles to Go, by Jerry Spinelli, a science nerd, a ninth grader called Will, lives in his own world. He faces several challenges in life, like having a crush on Mi-Su, but his plan doesn’t work out that well, fights with his little sister, and worries about the protons dying. In the end, Will’s relationship changes with his sister and friends. The writer’s style is realistic. Two examples from the book that shows this is, “‘Daddy!’ ‘I can’t think,’ I said. ‘Focus,’ he whispered.” (pg 181) and “‘To the tournament. Saturday. I’m not ready, and I can’t get ready because of her. Maybe you can focus with all that racket, but I can’t. I’m not you. I’m not going.’” (pg 186). The four main characters are Will, who is described above, Mi-Su, who is famous, BT, who is a fun guy, and Tabby who is an annoying little sister. My opinion of the book is even though I liked and enjoyed reading the book, it could’ve been better. The beginning of the book could be more interesting or more fun, because I got bored when it started. However, the characters are realistic, like the behavior of the characters and the ending was good. I recommend this book to middle schoolers because they could more understand the story than those who are younger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pearsonally loved there was lots of romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles To Go is a very good book. It as a little sience mixed with a teen boys life. We highly recommend it.