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Crash (1996)

by Jerry Spinelli

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I'm torn about what to think of Crash. It's a children's book that in certain ways takes a very harsh view on the world. It's a book that might be good for future Crashes, but for more Webb-like readers such as myself is disturbing in parts. Yet at the same time, Spinelli's realism is awesome when it comes to things like the whole situation with Crash's mom and sister. An unusual children's novel in that its flaws are intertwined with its virtues. ( )
  Audacity88 | Jul 30, 2014 |
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 |
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My real name is John. John Coogan. But everybody calls me Crash, even my parents.
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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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