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King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography

by Chris Crutcher

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Autobiography of the YA author that reflects on his growing-up years in Cascade, ID. He was a geeky guy who never got the girl. Memorable scenes: the olive/naked boy relay, the glow-in-the-dark Jesus, his questions of religion, his fake book report and how his stories came from his work as a therapist.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Crutcher is an author out of Spokane, WA., and our students love all his novels. This allows students to get a glimpse into who he was and what his background is like. Students love that they can identify many of the places he lived and they also relate to his antics. ( )
  Lynchd | Jul 6, 2015 |
Love this book and nearly everything by this author. Apparently he grew up in de olden days when kids were allowed to be mean to one another, it was even expected. This book shows some of how Chris Crutcher got to be who he is today and why he writes that awesome Y.A. books that he does. Books that tackle subjects with humor and compassion that would easily cause some to want to ban them. They are so full of wisdom. ( )
  LisaHicksStoryteller | Aug 12, 2014 |
Looking forward to hearing Chris talk at next weekend's Children's Literature conference here in Singapore. Hilarious memoir... Parts would be great as a read-aloud to students. Now to read or re-read a few of his YA books. ( )
  katie | Apr 7, 2013 |
This book was actually quite funny. I had only read one of Crutcher's books before reading his autobiography, and I can definitely see how his work and life shape his writing. I laughed quite often while reading this book and I may pick up more of Crutcher's work as a result. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060502517, Paperback)

Do you know:

A good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives?

How shutting your mouth can help you avoid brain surgery?

How to survive in the winter wilderness with only a fishing pole and a sausage?

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Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk, " as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer. Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Song, " as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.… (more)

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