A modern classic from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli.
"Readers will devour this humorous glimpse of what jocks are made of." --School Library Journal, starred review
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.
"Without being preachy, Spinelli packs a powerful moral wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to drive home his point" --Publishers Weekly
"Spinelli's writing style is great for kids in this age-group, fast-paced and funny." --Booklist
"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
WINNER 1997 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award
WINNER 1997 - Nevada Young Readers Award
WINNER 1997 - Pennsylvania Keystone State Reading Association Book Award
WINNER 1999 - South Carolina Children's Book Award
WINNER 1999 - Maryland Children's Book Award
WINNER 2000 - Wisconsin Golden Archer Book Award
WINNER 1998 - Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award
WINNER 1998 - Virginia Young Readers Program Award
WINNER 1999 - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
WINNER 1997 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NOMINEE 2002 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 1999 - Iowa Children's Choice Award
WINNER 1997 - Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 1997 - Maine Student Book Master List
JERRY SPINELLI 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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