Eggs

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat, moving tale of coping with grief.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence

The main characters get into some minor scuffles. David's mother was killed by slipping and hitting her head.

Sex
Language

"Crap" and "damn."

Consumerism

Restaurant, bottled juice, and convenience store brands mentioned

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's not much to be be concerned with here, beyond a bit of mild swearing and some minor scuffling. The main character, age 9, is dealing with the death of his mother a year earlier.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Parent of a 12 year old Written by[email protected] September 29, 2010

eggs

i love it
Kid, 11 years old July 22, 2009

readers ned to understand good from bad

I absolutely love Jerry Spinelli, and i think that eggs is a great story. It's heartwarming...I gave this book a role model concern because a kid has to be... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 1, 2009

Strange at first

This book was very interesting and well written. It's kind of strange, but once you get into it, you'll realize how good of a story it really is.

What's the story?

David's mother died almost a year ago, and his father is burying his grief in work. So David, 9, lives with his grandmother, and takes out all of his anger and pain on her. Primrose, 13, never knew her father, and her mother is so distant that Primrose has moved into a van in the backyard. David meets Primrose while she is pretending to be dead at an Easter egg hunt, and the two begin sneaking out at night, roaming the town looking for trash to sell. As these two angry, hurting children squabble and connect, both find something in the other that allows them to begin to heal.

Is it any good?

There's a surreal magic to the scenes where David and Primrose are abroad together in the night, almost as if they have entered another world. By flashlight and moonlight they explore their town, searching for trash or night crawlers, hanging out with a kindly junkman, constantly bickering, but learning more and more about each other. Spinelli has a keen eye for character and motivation, and even though from the outside the kids' behavior would seem bizarre, as Spinelli takes readers inside, their actions start to seem not just understandable -- but familiar.

The central metaphor, which recurs again and again in ways both obvious and subtle, will give discussion groups lots to talk about. So will the difficult and complicated relationships here: the central one between David and Primrose, of course, but also between the children and the adults in their lives. By turns moving, magical, and startlingly original, this story gives readers plenty to chew on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the title. Why is the book called "Eggs"? 

  • How does it relate to the story?

  •  What are the different ways eggs appear in the book? 

  • Why do you think the author chose eggs as a recurring image?

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