Crash by Jerry Spinelli

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By Jerry Spinelli

A glossy vintage from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli.

"Readers will consume this funny glimpse of what jocks are made of." --School Library Journal, starred review

Cocky seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan acquired his nickname the day he used his first soccer helmet to knock his cousin Bridget flat on her bottom. And he has been operating over humans ever for the reason that, particularly Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker child who lives down the block. in the course of the eyes of Crash, readers get a unprecedented glimpse into the lifetime of a bully during this unforgettable and liked tale approximately stereotypes and the surprises lifestyles can bring.

"Without being preachy, Spinelli packs a robust ethical wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to force domestic his aspect" --Publishers Weekly

"Spinelli's writing kind is excellent for children during this age-group, fast paced and funny." --Booklist

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She smiled. She looked right at me. She was a goddess. ” She walked away. I stood there. Then I went after her. I tapped again. ” She turned, smiled the same smile, said, “I’m sure,” and kept walking. The bell rang. The door opened. The cattle stampeded. Behind me Mike was choking on laugh balls. I spent the rest of the day checking out the girl. So did a hundred other guys. She was right, she isn’t Michelle Pratt. Her name is Jane Forbes. She moved here from Wilmington. She’s in seventh grade.

We picked up other football kids along the way. We were all itchy for action. We starting thumping each other, juking, throwing body blocks. And then the quarterback, Brill, showed up with a football, and you know we had to get a scrimmage going right there in the hallway. Down to the water fountain and cut to science lab. Passes, tackles, pileups. Even down the stairway. Others were heading for the gym. Hockey players, cheerleaders. Even Webb. I nudged Mike. “You believe it? He played Midget Football one year.

Hit the telephone pole. ” I hit the pole with six stones. He never came close. We long-jumped. We stood on our heads. We spit for distance. He was hopeless. I shook my head. ” He didn’t think long. ” I grinned to myself. “Okay,” I said, “one really, really last chance. ” I pointed. ” We crouched, toes on the crack. I called: “Ready! … Set! ” I was six years old and had never lost a race in my life. That’s why I was so surprised when I reached out to push off the cool blue metal of the mailbox to see his hand there, too.

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