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Chris Crutcher

Författare till Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

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Chris Crutcher is the critically acclaimed author of seven young adult novels and a collection of short stories, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, Crutcher writes honestly about real issues visa mer facing teenagers today: making it through school, competing in sports, handling rejection and failure, dealing with parents. Chris Crutcher has won two lifetime achievement awards for his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, and the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature. He lives in Spokane, Washington visa färre
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Verk av Chris Crutcher

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (1993) 1,523 exemplar
Whale Talk (2001) 1,312 exemplar
Deadline (2007) 1,259 exemplar
Ironman (1995) 639 exemplar
The Sledding Hill (2005) 510 exemplar
Stotan! (1986) 360 exemplar
Chinese Handcuffs (1989) 358 exemplar
The Crazy Horse Electric Game (1987) 314 exemplar
Running Loose (1983) 305 exemplar
Angry Management (2009) 265 exemplar
Period 8 (2013) 233 exemplar
Losers Bracket (2018) 76 exemplar
The Deep End (1725) 34 exemplar
Deadly 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 759 exemplar
Guys Read: The Sports Pages (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 193 exemplar
On the Fringe: Stories (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 177 exemplar
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 112 exemplar
Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 111 exemplar
Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 96 exemplar
Ultimate Sports (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 66 exemplar
Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance (2012) — Förord — 46 exemplar
Connections (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 44 exemplar
Prejudice: A Story Collection (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 40 exemplar
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 38 exemplar
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 36 exemplar


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What marvelous and well-rounded characters! Every one of them has a reason for being, and the author reveals them, sometimes through a dream character named Hey-Soos. Respect everyone’s journey.
There is also some side exposition about school curriculum, particularly in history and civics, that just now is in the news and general awareness. (Book was published in 2007.)
This is my first exposure to Crutcher, but I will read him again.
Also pleased to see the publisher, Greenwillow Books, still with the excellence I remember from when my kids were small.… (mer)
2wonderY | 89 andra recensioner | Sep 3, 2023 |
This book touched on a lot of different topics from bullying, religion, social acceptance, social issues, child abuse, etc. It also showed that no matter what a person looks like on the outside, the inside is where the scars and beauty are hidden.
SRQlover | 70 andra recensioner | Jul 18, 2023 |
after rereading Ironman, i cannot explain why i originally assigned this novel two stars. seems mean and stupid and inaccurate. like, i'm a crutcher fan, so how did i miss how crutcher-y and great this novel is?! i'm glad i reread it, and i'm even more glad (what even is this pollyanna-ass sentence) that i just don't even rate books anymore.
alison-rose | 17 andra recensioner | May 22, 2023 |
Chris Crutcher's Chinese Handcuffs is written in both narrative and letters written to Dillon's dead brother Preston.

Dillon's brother Preston was a troubled teen (well, it never states his age that I recall but he is 2 years older than Dillon). After a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed, Dillon turned more to drugs and a motorcycle gang. Unable to fight his demons, he killed himself in front of Dillon. The book deals with Dillon trying to figure out his life. Everything has changed for him. His mother left and took his younger sister Christy. It is now just Dillon and his dad.

Preston's death left behind feelings of anger, depression, sadness and one other thing, a baby. Dillon has had a crush on Stacy for years. Stacy only had eyes for Preston though. After Preston's death, Stacy goes away to North Dakota to "heal". The story when she comes back is that a cousin of hers had a baby out of wedlock and was going to put it up for adoption. Stacy convinced her parents to adopt the baby. You find out (although it is no real surprise) that the baby is really Stacy's and Preston's.

Then there is Jennifer. Dillon's friend and major basketball superstar at the high school, Jennifer is battling her own demons. Jennifer has been sexually abused by her biological father and is now being sexually abused by her step-father.

Dillon works through his grief over Preston, anger over Jennifer's abuse and love of Preston and Stacy's baby throughout the course of the year. Jennifer tries to work through her fear on the basketball court and Stacy comes clean over the intercom at school about the parentage of the baby.

While there is no pat "happy ending" there is some resolution. Dillon finally puts to rest his anger with his brother; helps Jennifer; loves Stacy's baby; and gets his dad to talk to him about life.
… (mer)
Dawn.Zimmerer | 18 andra recensioner | Jan 9, 2023 |



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