The Sledding Hill
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...more
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
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
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
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
Nevertheless, this would be another great HS book club book, might even make a good English class book, from the standpoint of starting...more
The sledding hill
I dont know how many pages but my guess is 235
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
I found it quite interesti...more
Doesn't that sound like the opening to a terrific book? Sadly I felt as it went in another direction and never...more
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
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
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
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