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Take a look behind the bully in this modern classic from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli that packs a punch. And don't miss the highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday.

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.

Readers will devour this humorous glimpse of what jocks are made of. --School Library Journal, starred review

Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Yearling Books
Published: 03/18/1997
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.28lbs
Size: 7.69h x 5.24w x 0.75d
ISBN: 9780679885504
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.6
Point Value: 4
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 14993 / Crash

Award: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award - Nominee
Award: North Carolina Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - Winner
Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Winner
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 05/01/2005 pg. 51

About the Author
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including Dead Wednesday, 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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