By Jerry Spinelli
A glossy vintage from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli.
"Readers will eat this funny glimpse of what jocks are made of." --School Library Journal, starred review
Cocky seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan received 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 in view that, specially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker child who lives down the block. during the eyes of Crash, readers get a unprecedented glimpse into the lifetime of a bully during this unforgettable and cherished tale approximately stereotypes and the surprises existence can bring.
"Without being preachy, Spinelli packs a robust ethical wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to force domestic his element" --Publishers Weekly
"Spinelli's writing kind is superb for children during this age-group, fast moving and funny." --Booklist
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The coach grinned and pumped us one back and we went wild. Then he started talking to us, the usual stuff about parents’ permission and physical exams and all. All of a sudden Deluca jabs me hard with his elbow. “Hey,” I growled. I was ready to crack him. “Look,” he whispered. His voice was straining, squeaky. He was pointing to the end of the gym, under the scoreboard. I looked. I figured I knew what he was talking about: Jane Forbes. Sure enough, there she was, a beauty among beauties. And then I knew she wasn’t the one he was pointing to, after all.
Hah. We had a fight before practice even started. ” “And I got him good later. We ran some drills, and twice I plowed him into the ground. ” He looked up. He laughed. He reached out and mussed my hair. ” I kind of felt like sticking around, but I figured I better not press my luck. I backed on out. “Can’t wait for that first game,” I said. ” “Go get ’em, Crasher,” he said. He was rooting in his desk.
Webb saw me looking. “They’re breaded mushrooms. ” I tried one. It was delicious. ” she said. I shrugged. ” Four grown-up eyeballs landed on me. I had to think quick. ” I said. ” I didn’t wait for an answer. I jumped from the table and went behind their sofa. I dived over the back of it, landed on my head and hands on the cushion, pushed off, swung my feet around, and landed on the floor. I threw out my arms. ” They clapped. We went back to eating. I stuck with the sweet potatoes and mushrooms.