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Meet Crash Coogan. Crash seems to be all brawn and no brains, but he will need more than mere muscles to face the upcoming challenges in his life. Now available in paperback, Award-winner Jerry Spinelli has created a hilarious, poignant story of a cocky seventh-grade super-jock.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Laurel Leaf (first published October 1st 1995)
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ty I like the book becuse of the charcter plost and how crash turns to the better becuse he fainally under stood what he been missing!
Liam Simoneau I play lacrosse and he said ''On the football field I don't run around people, I run through people." and I think it relates a lot to lacrosse.
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Ash R.
Jan 19, 2009 Ash R. rated it really liked it
"Crash" John Coogan is the typical jock. At least what most of us have in mind as a jock. Crash has a wonderful life, until life deals him a hand that he could not have expected. When Crash's grandfather unexpectedly has a stroke, Crash unconsciously steps back and re-evaluates his life without even realizing he's doing it. Suddenly, his cool friends don't seem so cool anymore. Things that were once the most important in his life, become trivial. As a result of his grandfather's illness, Crash ...more
Rana Heshmati
Jun 02, 2015 Rana Heshmati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2009 Blake added it
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Blake by: teacher
I myself am a 7th grade jock just like John coogan the main character in the novel Crash
by Jerry Spinelli. In this book I was really able to relate to the main character John.

This book is about John coogan who plays on his schools football and track team and is
one of the bullys at his school Springfield middle school he likes to pick on this one kid
named Penn Webb because he is a nerd and a cheerleader to. John would shoot Penn with
a water pistol john said “well, it ain’t going to work so
Jun 15, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
At first glance this book looks like it's for children, but even as a teenager and adults we can all learn from this book. Spinelli decides to write this book for a younger audience, but even though the wording is very easy I liked the context. For example, I like the characterization and how Spinelli makes it so easy to understand what each character is thinking and what they want. For example, the main character "Crash" actually feels jealous of his neighbor Penn, even though he beats him up a ...more
Jan 16, 2014 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: همه ی ادمایی که دختر ستاره ای رو دوس داشتن و درضمن تعصب بیش ازاندازه ندارن روش
انتظارمو برآورده کرد. یعنی منظورم اینه که این جری اسپینلی، میتونه همون جری اسپینلیِ دختر ستاره ای باشه. قابل باوره. نه مثه شارلوت برونته مثلا. این همون آدمه. و به ستاره ای بودن آدما بیشتر از هر چیزی اهمیت میده همچنان. فقط این بار جان( یا همون خروس جنگی) از اول ستاره ای نیست. ضدستاره ایه حتی. مثه هیلاری توی دختر ستاره ای مثلا. و داستان، داستان تغییر کردنه. داستان اینکه چطور کسی که خودش سرگروه و رهبر بچه هاس اون موقع هایی که آدمای ستاره ای رو اذیت میکنن، موفق میشه که همه چیزو ندیده بگیره، و بره و ...more
Ashley Guzman
May 16, 2016 Ashley Guzman rated it liked it
"Crash" was about a kid who's nickname was Crash. He used to make fun of a boy called Penn Webb. I liked the book because it had detail and I felt like I was there. I recommend this book to many people who are interested to read it.
Clare Cannon
Oct 06, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-15 years
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
Crash Coogan is cool. He’s the star of the school football team... and he’s a bully.

Penn Webb is small and weedy. Penn Webb hates violence; he’s a ‘Peace’ badge wearing vegetarian. Crash and Penn are not destined to get along.

Crash’s story is funny, crazy: in all the action, the conversation, and even in his few backfiring attempts to show-off he always manages to be on top.

From the day Penn moves into the neighbourhood, Crash torments him mercilessly. But no humiliation seems to bring Penn down
Aug 20, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle school boys
Recommended to Anna by: another teacher
I read this all in one sitting this morning and for the most part I was pretty into this book. I liked it better than Spinelli's Stargirl because there was much better character development. This book seems like something a lot of middle grades boys could relate to since it deals with issues like bullying, friendship, having a close family member get sick, and dealing with money (or a lack of) in a family. I think it's much more down to earth than some of his books which seem to almost too "colo ...more
Adamaris Jauregui
May 02, 2016 Adamaris Jauregui rated it it was amazing
This book is about a kid named Crash. He was given his name because he is well known to be great at football.Since a new kid Named Penn Webb,Crash has been very mean to him when all Penn wanted to do was be nice to him. After the time passed Crash started to defend Penn and then they became best friends. I really liked this book because it really showed how someone can really change throughout the time. I also really liked it because it showed how people can influence other people's actions.I wo ...more
Yuliana Gallardo
May 02, 2016 Yuliana Gallardo rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it had specific details and it felt like if it was a movie because they explained everything so specific like how they felt and looked. It was about a boy named Crash Coogan who didn't want to be friends with a boy named Penn Web and lived in the same street as he did then that Scooter came but he went in coma and couldn't speak and they both get in the relays and help each other out. I recommend this book to everyone because it is a great book and it is nice to ...more
Lesli Diaz
May 02, 2016 Lesli Diaz rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to my cousin because I liked it and I think that she would like reading it too. I gave this book a 4/5 because I enjoyed reading it and it had lots of details also because it grabbed my attention. At first, Crash was being really rude and at the end of the book he was acting kind. In the book there are really interesting things that happen that grab your attention and make you want to read more and more.
Cristian Corona
May 06, 2016 Cristian Corona rated it really liked it
This book was about a kid called Crash and him wasn't respecting other people. Then crash started to bully other people. Then he started to be nice to the people he bullied all the time. I really enjoyed this book because it had a lot of action. I recommend this book to people that are bullying other and don't know what to do about it.
Edwin Soto
Jun 10, 2016 Edwin Soto rated it really liked it
In this book it starts off with a kid called crash that would always love to prank and be and very like silly and funny kid a guess you can call it but then one day while crash was at home and his grandpa was working crash heard his grandpa scream and then went outside and saw that his grandpa had been found just laid on the ground looking like he was dead his grandpa did go to the hospital but didn't make it ever since that day crash and changed to be more serious and smarter and a more mic chu ...more
Chris Flores
May 06, 2016 Chris Flores rated it really liked it
This book is about that crash is cool and his friend is Penn Webb. I would tell this book to my mom because people help each other in this book. What I feel about this book is that it is cool and crash play football.
Moncerrat Gudino Valdez
May 06, 2016 Moncerrat Gudino Valdez rated it it was amazing
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Dorian Becerra
This book is about a kid nicknamed 'Crash' who has to choose to be good to his best friend or to a poor kid that moves in. I liked this book because there is a lot of drama between characters. I would recommend this to people who like drama and a good story
Porter Sprigg
Apr 27, 2016 Porter Sprigg rated it did not like it
worst book I ever read for school. I read it in seventh grade and mercilessly mocked it on all our homework assignments.
Angel Sandoval
May 13, 2016 Angel Sandoval rated it liked it
This book is about a boy named Crash that is a football player and hates a boy named Penn Webb. I liked this book because is about a boy and because I like reading books. I would recommend this book to Edgar because he is a good reader.
Bariza Kennedy Sunday
Apr 21, 2015 Bariza Kennedy Sunday rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had a nickname that stuck because of something you did. Well in Crash by Jerry Spinelli, John was stuck with the nickname crash because he got a football helmet for christmas; he put on his helmet and ran into his cousin Bridget and knocked her over . Bridget refused to go into the house and was yelling and crying to go back home.Crash’s uncle just took his family back home Later on. John kept on crashing into things.I read this book because it seemed like a good book to read. I a ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Marija rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because I have never read a book from the perspective of the "bully" before. I think Spinelli did a great job of showing the other side of bullying, and I love when Crash has a change of heart at the end of the story. I really think that young girls and boys(especially) would benefit by reading this book. This is a must have for any school library.
Alex Rubano
Feb 13, 2014 Alex Rubano rated it liked it
The book that I chose to do this report on was Crash by Jerry Spinelli. Overall I thought the book was pretty good. It was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read it. At its best parts in the book it was amazing, but it also had its slow parts that were a little boring. This book was about 160 pages which is perfect length for me. It was not to easy and not to hard, just right.There was also a ton of humor, Jerry Spinelli was always funny and put a lot of sarcasm. For example the main cha ...more
Jeffrey Mohr
Jan 25, 2014 Jeffrey Mohr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mohr-grades-3-5
“Crash” is one of my favorite books to help students look at bullying from the perspective of the bully and how a bully can be redeemed not by punishment but by maturing and forming healthy relationships. The main character also goes through a journey that helps him realize what kinds of people you really want as a friend.

I find this book is great for 4th grade and up because it starts conversations about stereotypes and how a persons prejudices can blind them. A good example from the book is ho
Bryce Williams-Hamilton
Jun 10, 2016 Bryce Williams-Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jerry-spinelli
This book is about a kid named Crash Coogan who is friends with a guy named Penn Web. I like this book because it has funny jokes. I would recommend this to a 3rd grader so they can learn about oat burgers.
Nov 03, 2014 Jasmine123 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great because it was funny but sad since something happened to Crash's grandpa.
Jan 31, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
As i remember, this strange boy is one of the "cool kids" and he makes and new friend, drops him for another, and becomes friends with him again
Ambar Flores
May 06, 2016 Ambar Flores rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 117
I like this book, it's about a boy that his name is Crash and he is a football player and he has a friend named Mike and they both bully a boy named Web because he buys second clothes around and is wird. He also has a sister named Abby and she wants to stop the mall an 11 years old and she is friends with Web. Mrs. Coogan Crashes mom and Mr. Coogan Cashes dad and scooter crashes grandpa a sailer that has always traveled and a good cook, that had a octopus named olie. Crash's grandpa ends up in t ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Mike added it

Crash is a touching and very beautiful story in my opinion. I really love this book. I used to love reading a lot and was reading countless novels, but since I have slowed down and completely stopped almost. However, this book makes me want to start again, and gives me hope. I love the whole feel and lesson learned in the book.

I really can relate to Crash Coogan in a lot of ways. I think that is another reason that I like it so much is because it hints to me at a personal level. I, like Cra
Books Kids Like
Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it
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John Coogan's uncle nicknames him Crash. One Christmas, John got a brand new football helmet. As his uncle's family came through the door, John charges and knocks his cousin Bridget back out the doorway and into a foot of snow. This experience epitomizes Crash's personality; rough and tumble, a typical egotistical jock. When Penn Webb moves into the neighborhood just before 1st grade, he becomes the butt of a lot of Crash's practical jokes and teasing. Crash attacks Penn's second-hand clothes, w ...more
Yi Kao
Jan 31, 2013 Yi Kao rated it really liked it
John Coogan is Crash's real name, he got the nickname from his uncle because one Christmas, John got a brand new football helmet, and when his uncle's family came through the door, John charges and knocks his cousin out the doorway and into a foot of snow. The story starts when Crash met a kid called Penn Webb that become Crash's neighbor. Crash hate Penn, In Crash's mind, Penn is just a Quaker and vegetarian. Later when Crash is in 7th grade he met a cool kid called Mike and both of them tried ...more
Laura Gates
Jun 07, 2012 Laura Gates rated it really liked it
The primary reason Jerry Spinelli is such an important author for our students to read is because of the way he characterizes kids and the way they can change and overcome struggle in his stories. Crash is a book about a boy who seemingly has it all. John "Crash" Coogan is a smug 8th grader who has everything. He is popular, mildly smart, and a star athlete. What he lacks is attention from his very busy mother and father. Early on, Penn Webb is introduced as a foil for Crash. Penn is everything ...more
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his
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