About the book: "Crash" John Coogan is the
typical jock. At least what most of us have in mind as a jock. He's
cool; he's popular; he's well-dressed. Crash has a wonderful life,
until life deals him a hand that he could not have expected. When
Crash's grandfather unexpectedly has a stroke, Crash unconsciously
steps back and re-evaluates his life -- without even realizing he's
doing it. Suddenly, his cool friends don't seem so cool anymore.
Things that were once the most important in his life, become trivial.
As a result of his grandfather's illness, Crash becomes more aware
of the world around him and realizes there more important things
in life than breaking records in football.
Crash is an easy-to-read young adult novel. Jerry
Spinelli allows the reader to see the finer points in life, without
dragging his reader in a "touch-feely" kind of story.
Boys will be drawn to this book because of the sports aspect, and
the book is told from a guy's point of view (Crash, of course).
And what's really great is that girls will also be able to relate
to this book because Spinelli does a wonderful job of weaving female
characters into the story. Spinelli does this in such a way that
neither the boy reader or the girl reader will be turned off by
the story line. Crash is a wonderful book that touches on many issues
which both boys and girls will be able to relate to.
About the Author: Jerry Spinelli began writing when he
was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee.
After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering
through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and
wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the
local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league
shortstop. In most of his books, Spinelli writes about events and
feelings from his own childhood. He also gets a lot of material
from his seven adventurous kids! Spinelli and his wife, Eileen,
also a children's book author, live in Pennsylvania. (Source: http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmr/mtai/spinelli.html)
BOOKS BY JERRY SPINELLI: (Not a complete list!)
- The Bathwater
Gang. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990
- Do the Funky Pickle.
New York: Scholastic, 1992
- Knots in My Yo-Yo
String: The Autobiography of a Kid. New York: Knopf, 1998
- *Maniac Magee.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1990 (My personal favorite!)
- There's a Girl
in my Hammerlock. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991
- Who Put that Hair
in my Toothbrush? Boston: Little, Brown, 1984
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