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Crash (1996)

by Jerry Spinelli

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Crash is a great read for the times. Even teasing and practical jokes can hurt, and it took a major change in Crash's life to put his priorities in order. Some bullies never change, but some can.

Also, totally enjoyed Webb and also Abby and her backyard wildlife preserve. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 22, 2014 |
Very cute book with a good message. It was one of the required reading books for my son who was going into 7th grade at the time, so I wanted to see what it was all about. It starts with a boy nicknamed Crash Coogan, who meets a new kid from out of state. The new kid, Penn, is so completely unlike Crash that it makes him uncomfortable, so he begins to bully Penn. Another new boy, Mike, moves in, & is a bully in his own right, so he & Crash become best friends. This book follows the boys from the beginning of first grade to 7th grade, when Crash's grandfather moves in with them, & consequently has a stroke. That really shakes Crash up, & makes him really begin to look at the world differently. The books ends with a positive message, that bad people can & do change, & this was a very easy read for an adult, & a very good book for the middle school-older elementary school levels ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
RGG: Easy, fun read about a middle-school athlete's emotional maturing.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 1, 2014 |
RGG: Easy, fun read about a middle-school athlete's emotional maturing.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 1, 2014 |
Jerry Spinelli’s Crash was a good book. It was definitely not one of my favorite books because the reading level was lower than mine. If you are into books that have something to do with football and choosing who your friends are then this will be a great read for you.

John “Crash” Coogan is known for being the best at everything. Everything changed for him when Penn Webbs moved into his neighborhood in the 1st grade but not the way you think it might change. When Crash met Webbs he immediately thought he was a very peculiar child. When he found out they were in the same grade Crash was not happy. For he didn’t like Penn Webbs. Crash bullied him but not a lot...at least not until the 6th grade. Mike Deluca bullied Penn, but a lot worse than John. Mike, one day, took it too far. John started second guessing his friendship with Mike and his relationship with Penn. Is Mike taking it too far? Crash has to make a decision. Is he going to be friends with Mike, his partner in bullying and football? Or is he going to befriend Penn his neighbor and the boy who he hated for so long?

Crash by Jerry Spinelli was a good book. I don’t typically read books by Jerry Spinelli because his books don’t really appeal to me. However, overall this book was good. It had a good plot base, the character’s feelings were expressed well.
  br14alth | Nov 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440238579, Mass Market Paperback)

Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of  cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.  


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Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.… (more)

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