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Crash

by Jerry Spinelli  |  Grades: 4-8  |  Ages 10+  |  Lexile Level: 560

Crash by Jerry Spinelli Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout Crash by Jerry Spinelli

A modern classic from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli.

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. 

Cocky seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan got his nickname the day he used his first football helmet to knock his cousin Bridget flat on her backside. And he has been running over people ever since, especially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid who lives down the block.

Through the eyes of Crash, readers get a rare glimpse into the life of a bully in this unforgettable and beloved story about stereotypes and the surprises life can bring.  

Reviews

"Readers will devour this humorous glimpse of what jocks are made of." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Spinelli packs a powerful moral wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to drive home his point."-- Publishers Weekly 

Biographical Notes About Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli (1941 -   ) is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli. 

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