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Eggs  
Eggs cover.jpg
First edition, June 2007
Author Jerry Spinelli
Country USA
Language English
Genre(s) Young-adult fiction
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date June 2007
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
Pages 224pp
ISBN 0316166464
OCLC Number 71788820
LC Classification PZ7.S75663 Egg 2007

Eggs is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli that was published in 2007. The story outlines a relationship that develops between two children that seemingly have little in common other than loneliness.

Plot

On April 29th, Carolyn Sue Limpert dies from slipping on a wet floor and falling down the stairs, resulting in her death. The next day, they promised to watch the sunset but they couldn't because Carolyn Sue Limpert didn't open her eyes again. The Limpert family, Margaret, the grandmother, David, her son, and her husband move from Minnesota to Perkiomen Township, Pennsylvania. David becomes quiet and sensitive about his mother's death. His father, a sales manager, only comes home on the weekends, usually ending up with only David and his grandmother, whom he disrespects and ignores completely.

In the beginning of the book David's grandmother is taking him to the Easter Egg hunt, much to his disappointment. While hunting for eggs, he finds a beautiful girl resting underneath leaves by some trees. When David asks if she's dead, she makes no response, and willingly tells about himself to her. He leaves, thinking that it's a dead body he's seen, and waits for a newspaper to come to express the news. It turns out to be the 'dead' girl is Primrose, a ruthless thirteen year old who defies all rules.

In a short time, the two, a thirteen year old with no father but a fortune-telling mother, and a nine year old with no mother, become friends,and they show a great friendship. Primrose lives in a 1977 van instead of a home, despite her mother's wishes for her to sleep with her. The duo commonly fight and get into loud arguments, but one day, when David slips about Primrose's unknown father being a homeless man on the streets, she releases her rage, shoving the boy's face into the cushions and nearly-suffocating him. Refrigerator John, a man Primrose's size with a bad leg and a friend of the two is very kind to them.

On the night of the Summer Night's Scream, Primrose, disguised as David's mother, and David go to the event, only to end in a quarrel in which David reveals Primrose's disguise, and his feelings of sadness and anger at his mother's loss. Infuriated, he runs, and ends up sleeping at Refrigerator John's home, much to his grandmother's worry.

Time passes, and the two quickly reunite. Primrose sets off on a journey with David, who seemed at no choice when she said she would go to Philadelphia. Later, she admits that she wants to see the Waving Man, a man who had been seen on TV, and known for waving at people as they passed. She also confessed that she wanted to ask why he waves. Much to David's shock, the two spend the night alone and away from home, since they couldn't make it back in time. David finds a comic book, Veronica, and reads Primrose to sleep. In the morning, they are soon found by a police officer who had been looking for them throughout the night.

The book ends with David planning his 10th birthday party. He leaves, to go to Primrose, and helps her shove her beanbag back into her home. She wants to move back in with her mother, who had been the first to see her back in town when she came out of the police cruiser. In addition, Primrose and David watch the beautiful sunset.

Characters

  • David - A loner nine-year-old boy who is described as very grief-stricken and sensitive about his mother's death. David lives with his father and his grandmother, whom he dislikes because she acts like she is his mother. His grandmother constantly encourages David to make some friends, which he eventually does with a girl named Primrose. He is skilled with his yo-yo and loves to watch TV.
  • Primrose Dufee - A rebellious thirteen-year-old girl. David describes her as beautiful. She is often embarrassed by her mom, causing her to live in her "room", a broken down van, away from her real house. She moves back with her mother by the end of the story.
  • Grandmother - An old, seemingly kindly woman who cares for David. She is always trying to help David but he doesn't see it the same way she does. She is very timid and nervous, especially when it comes to driving. They become closer to each other in the last few chapters of the novel.
  • Madame Dufee - Primrose's mother. She is a fortune teller who tells everybody she sees "you will live a long and happy life".
  • Refrigerator John - A man who Primrose and David go to see. He cares for them and they spend much of their time with him.
  • David's father - He only comes home on the weekends. His grandmother says he's overwhelmed, but David thinks that his father doesn't have enough time for him. David's father works on Connecticut, so his grandmother takes care of him most of the time.

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