By Jerry Spinelli
A sleek 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 working over humans ever on the grounds that, specially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker child who lives down the block. in the course of the eyes of Crash, readers get an extraordinary glimpse into the lifetime of a bully during this unforgettable and loved 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 type is excellent for children during this age-group, fast moving and funny." --Booklist
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The short silence after my question gave me the answer. It was too dark to see his face, but I knew what it would look like: a kind of sad, wincey expression. There would be one of three reasons: He was just starting up his own business, and he had to work seventy-hour weeks just to get it off the ground. He and Mom already had something to do that night. He was so dead-tired from the seventy-hour week that he didn’t even have the strength to blow his nose, much less leave the house. It was reason No.
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. I ate lunch with Mike. We spotted her in the salad line. She still seemed by herself. ” Mike asked me. In the morning the principal had announced sign-ups for football and cheerleading and other stuff. ” “You’re lucky,” he said, “you’re a running back. I’m a grunt. ” Mike is a lineman. I’m a fullback.
So we stood there thinking of girls from last year and trying to imagine how they would look if they went Whoa! ” “No way,” I said. ” He punched my arm. “That’s the point. ” I studied her some more. ” We went through other names. ” I said. I made my hands like a telescope and peered through. ” Mike made his own telescope. “I don’t think so. Look, she’s all by herself. ” “Even they don’t know it’s her,” I said. ” “Going over? ” “I don’t know. ” I started over. ” She was standing sideways to me as I moved in.