Crash by Jerry SpinelliCrash by Jerry Spinelli

Crash

byJerry Spinelli

Paperback | March 18, 1997

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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
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...
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Title:CrashFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.63 × 5.19 × 0.41 inPublished:March 18, 1997Publisher:Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679885501

ISBN - 13:9780679885504

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A colourful deep and enjoyable book This book is full of likeable characters interesting developments, good morals and is a genuine crowd pleaser, worth a read whatever your age.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My teacher read this to my class and it was the most amazing book ever! I loved its understanding towards kids in a teen age! And its approach to bullying.
Date published: 2008-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Touching Crash (John) Coogan is someone you swear you know. The jock. You may even know him even better considering that he picks on other people such as Penn. But this soon changes after a family crisis. Crash soon wonders if life as a jock may not always be as great as it used to be.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Crash" I think the book, "Crash" was pretty interesting because a lot of it was really realistic. It was also interesting because a lot of the words were descriptive and it catches the reader into reading the book. Penn Webb, the wimpy, dorky kid, made me think about if there are really kids out there that are just like him. Penn is really nice, and he keeps his smile on no matter what. He never knows what's coming, and he never gets mad at anyone. Crash thinks he has no life because of that. Penn's whole family is vegetarian, and they don't believe in violence, so they're quakers. This book is based on Crash's perspective, so he talks in his point of view. Crash's real name is John Coogan. He's almost the opposite of Penn. He eats meat and he loves to have a fun fight with his friends, Mike. He sometimes goes to pick on Penn, and he got really annoyed when they first met. Penn kept calling him John. At first, I thought this book talked about how Crash's life kept screwing up and he needed some kind of thing to keep him up for his life. Soon, I started to find out that it was about friendship and I was thinking about that probably Crash and Penn will become best friends. I can't tell you if they will be, though. If I was Penn Webb, I'd kindly ask Crash to stop bullying me, because Penn never made a move when Crash started to squirt him with water guns. This book really caught my eye to read it. I was really glad I finally read a great book like this one. I hope you read it too, because if you like realistic fiction, this is the book for you! :D -Candy Zhong
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hi it was a funny book about a jock making fun of a dork on his street but as time goes on he starts to see what thier doing to penn is cruel like taking his work and shooting him with a toy gun. then crash starts thinking its cruel and its not funny and they should stop. my opinion of the book is that its funny and its pretty much like a typical high school about soem one cool making fun of the nerd or dork or something over all it was a pretty good book and i recomend u should read it
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (\(^.^)Awesome! :{ I believe this is a great book because us gr:7's can relate . I bet every Gr:7 I know has bullied someone else or has been bullied. in fact i think Jerry Spinelli has had a bullying experience to inspire him for this book I have had the same thing between the two main characters in the book Penn and John 'Crash' Coogan. At first he make fun of him ever since he was six. He makes fun of him and bully's him until the middle of the 7th grade. He even tackled him so far he flew across the gym floor. One day in language class he reads a paper about Penns Great Grandfather who named him after a famous track in Pennsylvania. Penn wrote that his drean is to race at the penn relays for his Great Grandfather and it wold make him the happiest Great granfather in the world. That is when it all started. Crash also wants what penn has a family that is always there for him and the girl of his dreams but he doesn't hate him for that. He hates his best friend Mike 'nipplenose' Deluca for taking a prank too far. Oh my bad Iorgot to describe the characters. Penn is a small scrawny boy who is a quaker (someone who hates war) and a vegetarian. His parents look like grandparents and most of all he is a cheerleader. Yes a cheeleader.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (\(^.^)Awesome! :{ I believe this is a great book because us gr:7's can relate . I bet every Gr:7 I know has bullied someone else or has been bullied. in fact i think Jerry Spinelli has had a bullying experience to inspire him for this book I have had the same thing between the two main characters in the book Penn and John 'Crash' Coogan. At first he make fun of him ever since he was six. He makes fun of him and bully's him until the middle of the 7th grade. He even tackled him so far he flew across the gym floor. One day in language class he reads a paper about Penns Great Grandfather who named him after a famous track in Pennsylvania. Penn wrote that his drean is to race at the penn relays for his Great Grandfather and it wold make him the happiest Great granfather in the world. That is when it all started. Crash also wants what penn has a family that is always there for him and the girl of his dreams but he doesn't hate him for that. He hates his best friend Mike 'nipplenose' Deluca for taking a prank too far. Oh my bad Iorgot to describe the characters. Penn is a small scrawny boy who is a quaker (someone who hates war) and a vegetarian. His parents look like grandparents and most of all he is a cheerleader. Yes a cheeleader.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (\(^.^)Awesome! :{ I believe this is a great book because us gr:7's can relate . I bet every Gr:7 I know has bullied someone else or has been bullied. in fact i think Jerry Spinelli has had a bullying experience to inspire him for this book I have had the same thing between the two main characters in the book Penn and John 'Crash' Coogan. At first he make fun of him ever since he was six. He makes fun of him and bully's him until the middle of the 7th grade. He even tackled him so far he flew across the gym floor. One day in language class he reads a paper about Penns Great Grandfather who named him after a famous track in Pennsylvania. Penn wrote that his drean is to race at the penn relays for his Great Grandfather and it wold make him the happiest Great granfather in the world. That is when it all started. Crash also wants what penn has a family that is always there for him and the girl of his dreams but he doesn't hate him for that. He hates his best friend Mike 'nipplenose' Deluca for taking a prank too far. Oh my bad Iorgot to describe the characters. Penn is a small scrawny boy who is a quaker (someone who hates war) and a vegetarian. His parents look like grandparents and most of all he is a cheerleader. Yes a cheeleader.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must buy! This book is great. It's funny, yet it also sends a message across to people. The book is about this jock who always makes fun of the "nerd" who lives on his street. This book taught me that it's okay to be different. It says that no one deserves to be treated differently just because they're not like you. You have to buy this book.
Date published: 2001-02-04

Read from the Book

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.

From Our Editors

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