Crash

by Jerry Spinelli

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

  • Random House Children's Books; December 2008
  • ISBN: 9780307555397
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Crash
  • Author: Jerry Spinelli
  • Imprint: Laurel Leaf

In The Press

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Winner of Ten State Children’s Choice Awards
 
“Just about everyone knows someone like Crash Coogan, a big jock since he started to move on two feet. He learns some hard lessons about bullying in an entertaining novel.” —The New York Times
 
“Readers will devour this humorous glimpse of what jocks are made of.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
“Spinelli packs a powerful moral wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to drive home his point.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Great fun to read.” —The Horn Book Magazine
 
“Fast-paced and funny.” —Booklist


About The Author

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.