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The Sledding Hill

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,285 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Eddie hasn't had an easy year

First his father dies. Then his best friend Billy accidentally kicks a stack of Sheetrock over on himself, breaking his neck and effectively hitting tilt on his Earthgame. Eddie and Billy were inseparable. Still are. Billy isn't going to let a little thing like death stop him from hanging in there with his friend. And when Eddie faces an epic s...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 10th 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Washington State native and young adult literature veteran Chris Crutcher is no stranger to censorship. Many of his critically acclaimed novels have been persecuted for their content and use of "inappropriate language," as well as the thematically taboo nature of the stories themselves. THE SLEDDING HILL, Crutcher's latest novel, deals with the issue of censorship, and the struggle students, as well as pro-literature advocates, must undergo to ensure t...more
Meet Billy B, recently deceased, due to an unfortunate incident with a stack of sheetrock, who has stayed about to try to help console his best friend, Eddie Proffit, who was unfortunate enough to find Billy, within months of also finding his own father dead due to a similarly freakish accident. And get ready to laugh.

As grim as the underpinnings of this story may be, you'll likely be cracking up by the end of the excerpt on the cover. I was. Nine pages into it I was saying "It's hysterical." Wh...more
A (librarian) friend of mine gave this to me for my birthday. I blew through it in about a day and quite enjoyed it. The story is narrated by the deceased Billy, who could be zooming about the universe, but chooses to stay with Eddie until he's better able to deal with his loss. I thought Crutcher had a very good blend of humor while dealing with difficult issues. It would be easy for Eddie (and the reader) to sink into a deep depression, but the presence of Billy and his tongue-in-cheek omnisci...more
Joe Schalkowski
This book really hit home with me. Throughout the book I learned many valuable lessons. One of these lessons was to help others and not only your friends. I am going to try and incorporate this lesson into my life no matter how hard it might be.

I read the book "The Sledding Hill" by Chris Crutcher. The book starts out in a small town where the main character, Eddie Proffit, is enjoying his summer with his best friend Billy B. One day Eddie walks into his dads repair shop to find him laying there...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) This was ok. I liked the other books I've read by CC better. This almost seems like he wrote it to pat himself on the back for being so controversial. I don't know that I've read a book where the author inserts himself in the book, name and all. An interesting ploy, but maybe that's why I feel like he wrote this so those who read this will think "hey, cool guy, maybe I should read his other books since he's so controversial." This book is all about the controversy of a pretend book by him...more
Corey Schmidt
I read the book “The Sledding Hill.” It was written by Chris Crutcher. It’s about a freshman in high school named Eddie Profit. He has a very rough couple of months. It starts off with them starting to read the book “Warren Piece.” Another teacher at the the school who is also the pastor at the local church hears about it and tries to get it banned because he thinks the book is wrong. While all of this is happening Eddie’s father and best friend die, and he is the first to find both of them. He...more
The only reason I gave this book four out of five stars is because I have such incredibly high expectations for Chris Crutcher.

His books are truly amazing. I have yet to read one without breaking out in tears at a particularly poignant moment. Crutcher has a phenomenal ability to distill truth.

That being said, this book did not grab me as much as his books normally do. I mean, I was able to put it down and go to sleep last night! The later half of the book is more true to Crutcher's style and...more
I think I am ready to say it: Chris Crutcher may be my favourite YA author. Recently I was speaking with a colleague about my back-and-forth with the genre; a few months of infatuated binge followed by a well needed rest. But while I sometimes get disappointed with the lack of "craft" or "beauty" in YA novels, I understand why they are so important and so beloved by young readers (and why I sometimes get so much out of them). And that is because, when done right, these novels help readers feel m...more
I liked Crutcher's Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, and I respect him for addressing tough issues like child abuse in his books. Looking forward to reading The Sledding Hill for so long, I have to say that when I finally read it-- I was disappointed.

This book follows Eddie Proffit whose father and best friend both die within a few months of each other due to accidents. Eddie is traumatized after finding them both and becomes mute as a way of controlling his world.

His best friend Billy, sticks aroun...more
This is the first Chris Crutcher book I have read, and I am hooked! The guy really can write. I would have given this 5 stars, except I personally don't think the 'gimmick' of inserting himself as a fictional character into the story worked as well as he had hoped. I kind of wished he had created a fictional writer to do everything his 'fictional character' did.

Nevertheless, this would be another great HS book club book, might even make a good English class book, from the standpoint of starting...more
Jun 01, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those that are against censorship of books
This book was a book that directly attacked censorship. In this story, a church is functioning in a school to try to attack and prevent or censor a book by Crutcher because of the contents in the story. They are trying to use Eddie who recently has just lost his father and his best friend to 2 accidents on a one year span. He since hasn't spoken to anyone except for his dead best friend's father. The church is trying to use him to attract attention since he is popular after the incidents to have...more
Sep 22, 2009 Karina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ssr
Karina Procopio
The sledding hill
Chris Crutcher
I dont know how many pages but my guess is 235
Sept. 5

I dont remember the persons' name from the book so im going to call him he.
He changed becase he knew that his friend was with him and had his back. At the end of the book he learned about the pass life and how the people or person is always with you and with be there to help you.In the begining he didnt carre much and just blamed everything on other people for his fathers death.His friend chang...more
Will Carta
The book is told by Billy Bartholomew. billy is friends with Eddie Proffit. Eddie is upset with Billy’s death and his father died. eddie has ADHD and he talks a lot. but after the death of billy and his dad he doesnt talk much anymore. eddie deals with these deaths by not talking to anyone for a long time. eddie’s mom want eddie to get help at the Red Brick Church. the church is run by a teacher at eddies high school. eddie doesnt want to go to the church because eddie hates the teacher at the c...more
Sophia F
Narrated by Billy Bartholomew, a '21 gram' ghost who died from kicking Sheetrock onto himself and killing him, "The Sledding Hill" tells of the story of Eddie Proffit who lost both his father and his best friend (Billy) in the same year. This leads into how his teacher and pastor 'Tarter' is constantly pushing for him to be baptized and "given to God", which THEN leads into a battle of the books. (Fighting over the content of a book the children were reading in school.)
I found it quite interesti...more
The cleanest Crutcher book ever. And because of that, not his best, but a good middle school read nonetheless. The story is ripped out of real life, and I love that he puts himself in the story as a writer that is being censored. My favorite thing, though is the librarian character that teaches a class called "Really Modern Literature" and of course risks losing her job because of the books the kids are reading under her direction.
Eddie and Billie are best friends and nothing is going to stop them from being best friends, not even a little old thing like Billie kicking the bucket, especially when that stupid accidental death thing follows just a few months after Eddie's dad's stupid auto shop accident results in his dad being dead. It really does just takes a moment of not paying attention to get yourself killed.

Doesn't that sound like the opening to a terrific book? Sadly I felt as it went in another direction and never...more
Jun 17, 2008 Elise rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians with books challenged
It was amusing that Chris Crutcher (the author) brought himself into the book by having the school that the main character attended challenge one of his books for language and content. He is one of the most challenged Young Adult authors by religious groups in America.
I love Chris Crutcher. We are talking L-O-V-E. Have always, will - well, not always. I read about 30 pages of this. Too quick to get to the tragedy, too much dying. So I gave up. Chris, I'm not sure I love you "like that" anymore.
Usually I like Chris Crutcher's books, but this book was very strange and I found myself embarrassed for the author... The main character is from a really religious community where the church is trying to sensor the books that kids are allowed to read. The character's class reads another book by Chris Crutcher, the author of this novel, and they talk about how the kids all liked it but people are trying to get it banned, etc. Chris Crutcher even makes an appearance at the school board meeting wh...more
Jo Sorrell
Ironically, I picked up this book to read during Banned Book Week. The reason was; I was going to a Chris Crutcher lecture at ASU and had not read one of his books in a few years. The Sledding Hill is about a controversial, while ficticious book entitled "Warren Peece." A teacher at the local high school in small town Idaho, chooses this Chris Crutcher book for her class to read even though she knows it might be controversial. She sends permission letters home to be signed and offers another tit...more
Nathan Clifton
The most interesting concept about this book that kept me intrigued was the fact about the boy who had an imaginary friend. As a matter of fact is was pretty funny because he had a girl that he liked and he was talking to his imaginary friend about how he peed in the bed the night earlier. My favorite character in this whole entire book was Eddie. The reason for my liking was because he was an understanding person but at the same time he had an imaginary friend. I would recommend this book to pe...more
Rebecca Ann
Oh this book. For about 100 pages I feared it would end up being a "Christian Tale", which (no offense to christians) I have no interest in reading. Crutcher's book does have an underlying spirituality, but it is a far cry from the extremely conservative view I so fear. While I liked the topic of this book and the morals, and the characters...I found it boring, melodramatic, and overly simplistic. I can, however, see why it has a lot of appeal to certain readers. If you are of the liberal persua...more
This is a great story of commitment and friendship between two young kids, Eddie and Billy. Eddie is ADHD and he is always getting into trouble at school. Eddie is extremely intelligent, yet his teacher’s do not see this side of him. But his friend Billy sees his tremendous potential. Unfortunately, Billy is killed suddenly and Eddie is lost and alone.
The best part of the book is that Billy becomes a ghost and still helps Eddie with his life. Eddie’s dad died when he was young and his mom is dat...more
I have to say that I loved this book. I don't rate books a 5 star unless I absolutely love it. The Sledding Hill is about a boy who loses his dad and his best friend within months of each other. He feels pressure from the preacher to become baptized. He misses his dad and his friend. Then he is introduced to a book (fictional) by Chris Crutcher. This book makes him realize that he isn't alone in the world and feels like he has friends again.

Courtney Cashman
I would recommend “The Sledding Hill” by Chris Crutcher because it talks about how two best-friends connect while one is dead. “Your my friend, and you’ll always be my friend. Dead or alive. And I wanted you to know everything turns out okay, so you don’t have to be afraid, and you can do what you need to do whenever you need to do it.” “I really don’t like you being so confident and everything,” he says. “That’s all backward.” (P.156) From this line, I could tell that Billy was trying to tell...more
Jul 31, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: An amazing book!
Recommended to Julia by: I read all Chris Crutcher
Shelves: ya
This sly, complex and seemingly effortless novel has Eddie Proffit losing his beloved father and best friend Billy to two violent accidents in three weeks over the summer before he starts high school. This is about loss and grief, but it’s also about censorship, as Eddie goes mute and his favorite (not real) book Warren Peece by the very real Chris Crutcher, who becomes a minor character in this book, gets banned. This book has no swear words, or discussion of sex, the fundamentalists are multi-...more
The Sleding Hill is about a boy named Eddie who can talk to his dead best friend Billy. Eddie had been the one to find his dad laying in his garage dead and then three mounths later finds his friend Billy trapped under 250 pounds of sheetrock dead. Eddie starts to have "hulitionations" that Billy is talking to him. As the story goes on Eddie relizes that it really is Billy who is talking to him. During this time Eddie had gone mute and was now taking classes to be baptized. But his plan is to t...more
I rate this book The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher at a 3 star

In the beginning of this book Eddie Proffit lost his father and had his best friend Billy there to help him get through everything. After a while Billy died by getting stuck under sheetrock. Eddie goes to school one day and decided to get into a underground book club.

I thought that the main strength of this piece was Eddie and Billy’s friendship. After Billy died he was still there for Eddie and got him through everything that he ne...more
I rate this book, “The Sledding Hill” as a 5 star.

Eddie, a boy that loses both his father and close friend, has a hard time getting over the lose of those two people. He tries to get preoccupied by joining a underground book club and joins a jury to get rid of this book that they think is bad for the kids.

I thought that the most/biggest strength of this piece to me was Eddie getting over his father and friend dying in just a short amount of time, him seeing what happens. In the book it doesn’t s...more
The Sledding Hill is a decent but kind of sad book, overall I would rate this book a 2 star. Chris Crutcher is telling the story of a young man that lost his dad and best friend all in a matter of one summer. Although it is sad it can be hard to follow.

After Eddie lost his dad and best friend his life was turned around. He was lost and didn’t know what to do. He had another father figure try to step in but that didn’t really work out as they didn’t get along. Eddie finally found something that...more
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