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
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.
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