Chris Crutcher





Chris Crutcher


Born
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: 3.90 · 46,245 ratings · 5,322 reviews · 22 distinct works · Similar authors
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

3.94 avg rating — 11,128 ratings — published 1993 — 21 editions
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Deadline

3.96 avg rating — 10,264 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Whale Talk

3.95 avg rating — 8,823 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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Ironman

3.95 avg rating — 2,270 ratings — published 1995 — 14 editions
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Athletic Shorts: Six Short ...

3.79 avg rating — 1,895 ratings — published 1991 — 15 editions
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Period 8

3.52 avg rating — 1,682 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Stotan!

4.01 avg rating — 1,401 ratings — published 1986 — 10 editions
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Chinese Handcuffs

3.95 avg rating — 1,373 ratings — published 1989 — 8 editions
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The Sledding Hill

3.69 avg rating — 1,496 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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Running Loose

3.75 avg rating — 1,335 ratings — published 1983 — 11 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
tags: truth

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