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Crash Mass Market Paperback – May 11, 2004

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Spinelli (There's a Girl in My Hammerlock) takes the brawny, bullying jock who is the villain in so many middle-grade novels and casts him as the narrator of this agile tale. Ever since first grade "Crash" Coogan has been tormenting dweeby Penn Ward, a skinny vegetarian Quaker boy who lives in a tiny former garage with his aged parents. Now that they're in seventh grade, "chippy chirpy perky" Penn becomes an even better target: not only does Penn still wear outdated used clothes, he joins the cheerleading squad. But even though Crash becomes the school's star football player and wears the most expensive togs from the mall, he still can't get what Penn has?his parents' attention and the admiration of the most gorgeous girl in school. And when his beloved grandfather Scooter is severely disabled by a stroke, Crash no longer sees the fun in playing brutal pranks and begins to realize that there are more important things in life than wearing new sneaks and being a sports star. Without being preachy, Spinelli packs a powerful moral wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to drive home his point. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8?A winning story about seventh-grade Crash Coogan's transformation from smug jock to empathetic, mature young man. In a clever, breezy first-person style, Spinelli tackles gender roles, family relationships, and friendship with humor and feeling. As the novel opens, Crash feels passionately about many things: the violence of football; being in charge; the way he looks in shoulder pads; never being second in anything; and the most expensive sneakers at the mall. Although a stereotypical bully, the boy becomes more than one-dimensional in the context of his overworked, unavailable parents and the love he has for his grandfather, who comes to live with the Coogans and then suffers a stroke. It is because of his affection for Scooter that Crash comes to appreciate Penn Webb, a neighbor and classmate whom for years Crash has tormented and teased about his pacifism, vegetarianism, second-hand clothes, and social activism. Penn relentlessly offers friendship, which Crash finally accepts when he sees Penn's love for his own great-grandfather as a common bond. The story concludes as Penn, named by his great-grandfather for Philadelphia's famous Penn Relays, wins the school race while the elderly man looks on. Readers will devour this humorous glimpse at what jocks are made of while learning that life does not require crashing helmet-headed through it.?Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0560 (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238577
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine being nicknamed Crash. Now, imagine you got that name because when you were five you tackled your little cousin into a snow bank. This is the situation in Crash by Jerry Spinelli. This is a wonderful book that I greatly enjoyed. While I was reading, my favorite character had to definitely be John "Crash" Coogan. He was the reason I kept reading this book. The pranks he did as a young child were just, hilarious. For example, the time he first met Penn Webb, his Quaker neighbor, Webb had just moved from North Dakota and was wearing a button that said, "Hi, I'm a Flickertail." Webb explained how the Flickertail was the state bird in North Dakota, and Crash just ripped the button right off his shirt and buried the button. The next day, Webb was wearing another button. This time the button said, "Peace." Once again, Crash, tore the button right off his shirt and buried the button. On that same day, Crash also took Penn's turtle for a ride on his bike. Penn did not like that too, too much. Penn showed Crash his one toy-a raggedy, old Conestoga wagon. Crash thought that that was ridiculous, a kid with only one toy, and he laughed about the whole idea of having just one toy. Then, for dinner, they ate oatburgers. Being Quakers, of course, they were vegetarians. Crash didn't even know what a vegetarian was; he made fun of the whole family for being vegetarians. I find that to be the way kids really are, too. Those are just some of the events that occurred in the beginning that made me want to continue to read the book. I wanted to find out what happened to Penn and Crash as they began to grow older and go to school, where other kids might also find Penn a little weird because he was a Quaker.Read more ›
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I first read Spinelli's CRASH during the sixth grade for assigned reading at Waldron Mercy Academy, my private grade school. I was pulled in from page one and couldn't help but laugh out loud at the adventures and the misadventures of Crash Coogan, who got his nickname all because of a long ago incident involving a football helmet and his cousin, Bridget, who Crash knocked down into three feet of post-blizzard snow. Crash is not an inherently bad kid - he's got his flaws just like the rest of the human population. In CRASH, Spinelli takes the archetypal bullying jock and narrates through him, making this book anything but ordinary.
Nonetheless, Crash is a bully. Enter Penn Webb, his target. Why pick on poor Penn, you ask? Why not pick on Penn? is more of the question here. Penn Webb is a skinny Quaker boy, mild-mannered and with a heart of gold. He wears used clothes that are painfully outdated, he's joined the cheerleading squad, his aging parents look like grandparents, and he officially lives in the dinkiest house in the entire universe (a former garage). So Penn, very obviously flawed with qualifications to make him an outcast, must now endure teasing from Crash and his best friend, Mike DeLuca.
Spinelli captures how spoiled and materialistic kids can be today, only they most likely don't view themselves that way. I remember it took me a long time to wake up and realize that yes, I was a spoiled child. All Crash cares about are new sneakers, football, and being the best footballer he can be. Pretty shallow, eh? Crash is a self-centered bully who only cares about himself and how he is viewed by others which, by the way, as I am sure you realize, is a natural thing and has been since the beginning of time.
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Crash is...........How could I explain it??? Let me tell you it's funny, it's sad, it's hip, it's funky, and it's even more funny. Once I started reading it I couldn't put the book down, I was in love with it. It has so many real life problems that kids go through during entering their teenage years or in the teenage years. One thing I learned from this book is not to make fun of people because you know that the person/people could end up being your best friend/s or being really close to you. This book is awesome, and any stranger who comes up to me and asks me about the book Crash I would say, "Read it, it's a wonderful heartwarming book to read!"
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A Kid's Review on March 3, 2005
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The book Crash by Jerry Spinelli is about a boy named John Coogan. John Coogan was a boy who liked to crash into anything he saw. He first started crashing into everything when he got his new football helmet for Christmas, and so everyone called him Crash. Then one day, he met a new neighbor, Penn Webb. Penn was wearing weird pins and Crash thought it was unusual and didn't like him.

Penn Webb wasn't a very bright boy and so he didn't have many friends. Crash and his friend Mike, teased Penn. They all met from the first day in 7th grade. But Penn and Crash knew each other the year before, when Penn had just moved into his neighborhood. Mike made fun of Penn. Since Crash was Mike's friend, he always teased Penn with him. They teased him about what he wore. For example, Penn's mom bought his clothes, and they made of that. Mike and Crash also made fun of him because he was trying out for cheerleading. He made the team. I think what Mike and Crash did was really mean, showing me that they don't know how others feel.

In English class, Penn wrote an essay about his family. Some bad boys came and crumpled it up. When Crash was walking by, he happened to see it. He felt sorry for Penn, and he turned it in to the teacher for him. I think this shows that Crash actually cared about others and was thoughtful.

By the end of the story, Penn and Crash start being nice to each other. I think it was nice that they had a good friend like Penn. Crash stopped being mean, trying to fit in with Mike. I also think it was nice for Penn to forgive him and be kind.

This book shows a good point of view from another person's feelings. Also it is a good book that shows strong friendship about the two boys.

Soobin a 6th grader
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