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
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.
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 ...more
(Longer review to come)
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 ...more
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
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 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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more