Search Results: "Chris Crutcher"


BOOK REVIEW

PERIOD 8 by Chris Crutcher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2013

"Fast-paced intrigue keeps the reader hanging on as Paulie pieces together clues to the discomfiting truth behind the strange, shadowy behavior of people he trusted. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Suspense, heartbreak, a healthy dose of athletics—this novel has everything that Crutcher's longtime fans have come to expect, and more. Read full book review >

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CHINESE HANDCUFFS by Chris Crutcher
Released: April 25, 1989

"Human beings are connected by the ghastly as well as the glorious," the author says—and demonstrates—in this intense, painful novel. Read full book review >

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DEADLINE by Chris Crutcher
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Ben, like the book itself, is likable enough, but ultimately forgettable. (Fiction. YA)"
Star cross-country runner Ben Wolf learns during a physical that he has developed a rare, aggressive, fatal blood disease. Read full book review >

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THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Crutcher ever pack light? (Fiction. 12-16)"
Eddie's "high-speed randomness" and habit of blurting outlandish questions at school and church are unappreciated. Read full book review >

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ATHLETIC SHORTS by Chris Crutcher
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"An involving group of stories, somewhat uneven in focus but all thought-provoking and discussable. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Six short stories, five of them about characters from Crutcher's novels. Read full book review >

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WHALE TALK by Chris Crutcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2001

"A welcome return. (Fiction. YA)"
High-school senior The Tao (T.J.) Read full book review >

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STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES by Chris Crutcher
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Pulse-pounding, on both visceral and intellectual levels—a wild, brutal ride. (Fiction. YA)"
Once again, Crutcher assembles a crew of misfits to tackle the Big Issues. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Essential for the many fans of Crutcher's work, and new readers will go from here to his fiction. (Nonfiction. YA)"
Telling the story of growing up in a tiny Idaho town, Crutcher relates how "an unusual path leads from my life as a coonskin-cap-wearing, pimply-faced, 123-pound offensive lineman with a string of spectacularly dismal attempts at romance, to a storyteller of modest acclaim." Read full book review >

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IRONMAN by Chris Crutcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"Less intense than Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes (Greenwillow, 1993), this is still strong enough to carry its messages with reasonable ease. (Fiction. 12+)"
A teenager holds the moral high ground, but doesn't know what to do there until wise advice sets him straight. Read full book review >

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THE DEEP END by Chris Crutcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Though the plotting (crucified cat—colleagues' freeze-out— threatened kids—motorcycle chase—apocalyptic face-off with villain from hell) is standard fare, YA-author Crutcher's needle-sharp focus on hurting kids makes this memorably harrowing from the starting gun."
Family therapist Wilson Corder, treating Peggy Parker and her young son Jerry after Jerry's sister Sabrina has been kidnapped, feels sure that Peggy and Jerry are hiding something—but before he can get Jerry to open up to him, he's warned off the case by letters and calls threatening him and his shattered family. Read full book review >

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DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ninja training begins early, but before any power moves are taught, young ones must first learn to control their emotions—practical advice for any 3-year-old. Read full book review >

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COOKIE THE WALKER by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Read full book review >