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Crash

by Jerry Spinelli

Random House Children's Books | March 18, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli''s hilarious, poignant story of  cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.  

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 2.98 × 2.07 × 0.17 in

Published: March 18, 1997

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679885501

ISBN - 13: 9780679885504

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Crash

by Jerry Spinelli

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 2.98 × 2.07 × 0.17 in

Published: March 18, 1997

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679885501

ISBN - 13: 9780679885504

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My real name is John. John Coogan. But everybody calls me Crash, even my parents.

It started way back when I got my first football helmet for Christmas. I don''t really remember this happening, but they say that when my uncle Herm''s family came over to see our presents, as they were coming through the front door I got down into a four-point stance, growled, "Hut! Hut! Hut!" and charged ahead with my brand-new helmet. Seems I knocked my cousin Bridget clear back out the doorway and onto her butt into a foot of snow. They say she bawled bloody murder and refused to come into the house, so Uncle Herm finally had to drag his whole family away before they even had a chance to take their coats off.

Like I said, personally I don''t remember the whole thing, but looking back at what I do remember about myself, I''d have to say the story is probably true. As far as I can tell, I''ve always been crashing--into people, into things, you name it, with or without a helmet.


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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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"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

About the Author

Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees. One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote “Goal to Go,” a poem about the game’s defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times–Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer. After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but children’s publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of children’s books. Spinelli’s hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in
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Now available in paperback is Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan

Editorial 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

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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