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The Sledding Hill

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,533 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Billy Bartholomew has an audacious soul, and he knows it. Why? Because it's all he has left. He's dead.

Eddie Proffit has an equally audacious soul, but he doesn't know it. He's still alive.

These days, Billy and Eddie meet on the sledding hill, where they used to spend countless hours -- until Billy kicked a stack of Sheetrock over on himself, breaking his neck and effectiv
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Greenwillow Books
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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
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
Levi Erdmann
Personal Response
I thought this was one of the most interesting books that I have read. The point of view is from a dead person and I've never read a book with that kind of perspective. I thought that the author had quite a few twists to the plot and that he changed up the story a lot.

Plot Summary
In the beginning, Eddie has some very rough times. First of all, his father and his best friend both die in freak accidents and is not talked to by classmates. Then the book is seen from Eddie's best f
Jan 04, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2015 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of weird of the author to create a story that has a book hw wrote centered around the story. Eddie though was quite the character and Billy's perspective was quite interesting. It's always fascinating to how other people see life and death. This one made me think.

(Longer review to come)
Hannah Sroka
Jan 20, 2016 Hannah Sroka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Personal Response: The Sledding Hill was a very meaningful book full of life lessons. The book was a benefit to me, because I could easily relate and connect with the emotions being displayed. One theme that was presented was the concept of death. I could easily relate to how the main character was feeling, because I have experienced the loss of a loved one. Another theme that was presented was censorship. The Sledding Hill included banning a certain book from the school. I enjoyed reading about
Joe Schalkowski
Oct 23, 2014 Joe Schalkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 21, 2009 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2013 Dominic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 18, 2009 Donalyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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
May 03, 2009 Cornmaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hs-adult
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
Jun 01, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 14-year old daughter chose this from a list for her English class, and she enjoyed it so much that she told me, “You should read this – it’s great!” She doesn’t usually get excited about books outside the fantasy genre, and, truth be told, this one has some fantasy elements. Eddie Proffit and Billy Bartholomew, aged fourteen, are best friends. One terrible summer, Eddie’s dad dies after making a careless mistake with a truck tire, and Billy dies after kicking a pile of sheetrock leaning again ...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
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
Mar 09, 2015 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an exercise in the author's narcissism. It was painful to read and I discourage others from considering this book.

The author builds up the reader's emotional capital on a likable main character who is traumatized by the senseless deaths of his father and best friend. The deceased best friend then becomes an omnipotent and beneficent narrator to help his friend overcome these tragedies. This beginning was well written and enjoyable (2 of 18 chapters).

The main character then decide
Jun 17, 2008 Elise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rating: 3.5

Ehh... Not much to say. Just another book project.

But, I do have to say that I enjoyed the characters in the book. Their friendship is really strong and powerful, something a lot of people want in there own friendships.
Aug 19, 2008 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
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.
Laura Richcreek
(Note: I read the stage adaptation by Jarrett Rapier) Really appreciated the content of this play and how it didn't necessarily come out the way the protagonist hoped, but they all learned something. my favorite quote is from Ms. Lloyd, "I don't believe there are good or evil authors. Most tell their stories the best way they can. Stories aren't good or evil either; they're just reflections of one person's perception of the world. One kid might read a story and feel recognized, another kid might ...more
Kelly Wayment
This book had an interesting premise. The narrator is dead. It follows the friendship between two boys in a small town in northern Idaho. Billy, the narrator and Eddie Proffit his best friend. After the untimely death of Billy, and also of Eddie's dad, Eddie lapses into a self-inflicted bout of mutism. The book explores the topic of banned books and how Eddie tries to fight against what he considers injustice in banning a book assigned by a controversial English teacher. I liked some of this boo ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2016 EmmaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun to read this book in a day. An other worldly (Earthgame?) meta-book of translating grief, and the joy of a good book (and maybe a good run) with Chris Crutcher as a character in his own book. Having lost his friend and his father (and in someways his mother to a fundamentalist preacher) Eddie looks for hope and compassion in the universe, and finds it through his old friend's (not quite the right word) spirit who speaks to him, and in his friend's father's grief and compassion. I hope M ...more
Tracey Hanna
Jan 24, 2016 Tracey Hanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy has died in a freak accident a month after his best friend Eddie’s father died in a different, but just as freak, accident. Billy, as a ghost, helps Eddie find something that matters and fight for it.

A book about students standing up for intellectual freedom was a must read for me. I enjoyed seeing Eddie fight for what he believed in, within the rules, and use adults like Billy’s father to help him along the way. It was also really amusing for me the way Chris Crutcher wrote himself into t
Different than his other books since he is trying to make a statement about censorship. Interesting tilt to it... as usual, incredible writing, characters and plot. I think his books will prove to be timeless for teens.

It did also cause me to reflect on the fact for being as conservative as I am, I am huge proponent of free speech. Crutcher would I guess find me strange for that... However, I believe that corrupt ideas, when put in the spotlight, will show themselves to be evil. Truth can handle
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