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Spinelli, Jerry.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
IL 3-6  RL 4.8
ISBN 0679979573
(3 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

Crash Coogan is the seventh-grade football star and he's been crashing into anything that's in his way from the time he started walking.  Penn Webb, his nerdy, vegetarian peace-loving neighbor, has always been his favorite target.  Crash has always been a winner and things have always come easy for him.  But know he meets the girl of his dreams and she's not impressed by him at all. Then after his grandfather's stroke, and his best friend, Mike, takes a prank against Penn a little too far, Crash takes a good look at what really counts.  Crash, the football star, has to choose which side he's really on. (Stacy Charlesbois,  Adult & Young Adult Services Librarian,,  Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan)

Booktalk #2

Crash by newberry medalist Jerry Spinelli is a highly recommended book. Crash is recommended because of the setting the book takes place.  The setting is in Pennsylvania on a cul-de-sac with fourteen houses.
  The characters all have great personalities and backgrounds. Crash comes from great history of a great navy cook. His name is known as Scooter. Scooter had a stroke when he was working on his granddaughters tree house years after he retired in the navy. His stroke caused him to be in a rehabilitation center for recovery. Crash, on the other hand, the great football hero, started football when he got his first football helmet. At that time he knocked his cousin out into the snow. This is how Crash got his nickname. When Crash first moved to Pennsylvania, he met someone that was hated for a long time. This person was Penn. Penn was named from the great race that his great grandpa had won called the Penn relays. The reason why Crash hated Penn so much was because of how he lead people and of how happy he always was. Not to mention that he was not very tuff. Crash then met Mike. Mike was Crash's best friend because of how he stood up to Crash. He did this by showing no fear of Crash.
  From all these characters a plot was formed. There were other characters, but they were static. The plot starts off with the introduction when Crash meets Penn and Mike. Then, the rising actions, he starts to become famous to all the cool kids at school, but not Penn. At the end, During the climax, Scooter has a stroke which makes crash care a bout Penn and be nice to him.  The falling action is where Crash starts caring about Penn and Penn becomes more popular than In the resolution, Penn and Crash become best friends. We liked this book partly because of of football. The other reason of why we liked this book was because of the many characters that occur. We recommend that you read this book. (Daniel Griffith, student)

Booktalk #3

If you like Jerry Spinelli or a humorous book you would love Crash! Crash Coogan is a   bully and jock who gets a new neighbor named Penn Webb.
Penn makes Crash hate him since he hates war, doesn't eat meat and acts like a geek. They both go to the same middle school and join sports to play and clubs to join. Crash chooses football but Penn joins cheerleading. Many people are friends of Penn but not Crash. He keeps on making fun of Penn until uncle Scooter comes and changes everything.
I recommend this book to kids from ages 10-14. Kids who like funny books and books that relate to life would like to read Crash.  (Mike A., K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Conduct of life --  Fiction
                        Friendship --  Fiction
                        Family life --  Fiction


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