Chris Crutcher





Chris Crutcher

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in Dayton, Ohio, The United States
July 07, 1946

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Chris Crutcher's writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms. Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990-2000. His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial and religious prejudice, mental and physical disability, and poverty; these themes are viewed as too mature for children. Other cited reasons for censorship include strong language and depictions of homosexuality. Despite this controversy, Crutcher's writing has received many awards.



Average rating: 3.91 · 38,670 ratings · 4,618 reviews · 20 distinct works · Similar authors
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Deadline
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Whale Talk
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 7,321 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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Ironman
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,916 ratings — published 1995 — 13 editions
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Athletic Shorts: Six Short ...
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,584 ratings — published 1991 — 15 editions
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Chinese Handcuffs
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,185 ratings — published 1989 — 8 editions
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The Sledding Hill
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,293 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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Period 8
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,235 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Running Loose
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,114 ratings — published 1983 — 10 editions
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“...racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.”
Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

“Love, in the universal sense, is unconditional acceptance. In the individual sense, the one-on-one sense, try this: we can say we love each other if my life is better because you're in it and your life is better because I'm in it. The intensity of the love is weighted by how much better.”
Chris Crutcher, Deadline

“But the truth doesn't need to be known, or believed, to be true.”
Chris Crutcher, Deadline
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