Crash - PDF Free DownloadChapter 1 opens with John setting the stage for the main narrative by starting with a flashback. John "Crash" Coogan explains how he got his nickname. When John was a young boy he received a football helmet as a present for Christmas. John tackled his cousin Bridget. John does not really remember the incident but does think it makes sense since he tends to crash into people and things wherever he goes. There is only one person who does not call John "Crash," Penn Webb, his peer and neighbor.
Crash. Jerry Spinelli. A Novel Study by Nat Reed
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Jerry Spinelli's "Crash" novel takes place over the course of John "Crash" Coogan's seventh grade year with brief glimpses of his life when he was younger. During his seventh grade year, John is forced to confront his changing stances on violence, aggression, and bullying. In particular, John has to think about who he really is and whether his true thoughts, feelings, and actions match up with the ultra-competitive and physically dominant jock "Crash Man" persona that was given to him when he was just a little boy. John's changing relationships with his neighbor and bullying victim Penn Webb, best friend and fellow football player Mike Deluca, and beloved grandfather Scooter help shape John's transformation from someone who always did what others expected of him to someone who acts with more sincerity and stays true to his thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. At the beginning of the novel readers meet the one person who does not call John "Crash," Penn Webb.
How long have you been writing? Well, I've been writing since I was sixteen. At first, I wrote mostly short stories and poetry. The first thing I ever had published was a poem about a football game. It was printed in my local newspaper. What is your favorite book that you've written?
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