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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  7,764 ratings  ·  898 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Laurel Leaf (first published October 1st 1995)
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Ash R.
"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
نویسنده اش کاملا جری اسپینلی بود...
شاید با خودتان بگویید که غیب گفتی! اما خب، آنها که از او چیزی خوانده اند، می فهمند منظورم را...

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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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Aug 20, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Bariza Sunday
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
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
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
“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
I thought this book was great because it was funny but sad since something happened to Crash's grandpa.
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
Clare Cannon
Oct 06, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
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
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
Lisa James
Very cute book with a good message. It was one of the required reading books for my son who's going into 7th grade this fall, so I wanted to see what it was all about. It starts with a boy nicknamed Crash Coogan, who meets a new kid from out of state. The new kid, Penn, is so completely unlike Crash that it makes him uncomfortable, so he begins to bully Penn. Another new boy, Mike, moves in, & is a bully in his own right, so he & Crash become best friends. This book follows the boys from ...more
Percy Ranaivohajarivony
The reason why I chose this book is because I adore books by Jerry Spinelli. One thing I liked about the book is that it had told a story from when Crash got his nickname to the end of the book when he is all grown up. When the book said, "As far as I can tell, I've always been crashing-into people, into things, you name it, with or without a helmet."(Spinelli 1) After reading this quote I could tell that things were about to change and things were about to get interesting. This book is understa ...more
Carol Baldwin
I have never read a Spinelli book that I didn't like, and this is no exception. Get the inside view of why a kid becomes a bully--and how his life gets changed around.
Marilyn Mercado
This is a great book.This book is realistic fiction.I recommend this book to people who like realistic Fiction.This is all about a bully that bullied a boy that was different from others. How will this work out? Read the book to find out.
This book was a good choice. It is funny, intresting, and suprising. Crash is only 6 years old when he meets his neighbor, Penn. Penn is a total nerd, and Crash already hates him. Worst of all, Penn won't leave him alone. Eventually, Crash goes to Penn's house and learns how weird he is. Then, the book skips to the 7th grade. Crash and his best friend Mike are popular, and Penn is still a nerd. Life seems great for Crash. But the girl Crash likes, Jane, likes Penn and hates Crash because he pick ...more
I thought that it was a little too predictable but I still liked it.
Nicole Edwards
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This is about a kid in middle school so it's for kids, right? But there's so much in here that's nice for anyone to read about. I would absolutely recommend this book to any kid in middle school, especially boys who like sports since they'd relate really easily. This book was clean, poignant and actually pretty heartwarming. And funny. Not, like, laugh-out-loud funny but I smiled and was entertained, you know? I'm betting middle-school aged kids wo
Jennifer Gallman
I have taught Spinelli's Stargirl for the past few years, so I'm already a big fan. His straightforward charisma with his characters and plot has been a refreshing look into the lives of young people and the issues that plague them. While Crash first appeared in 1996, I didn't come across the book until this year, and I'm so glad I did. Here is a book that explores the life of a successful football player and the ins and outs of acting like one towards those who are not athletically talented.

Crash is an excellent book for kids my age. Especially for kids who love sports like football and track. Personally I am not the biggest reader but this book was one of the few books I couldn't put down. To me it just never got boring which got me more and more excited to read it. Another reason I like this book is because it has to do with football , which I happen to like of that sport.
Crash has a pretty relatable family an annoying sister, hard working mother and father, and a great cook his
Brady Barr
This book was good and funny in some parts. Also, it made me feel pretty sad in a lot of parts. Crash is a mean kid, but will he change?

John “Crash” Coogan is an overall tough kid, all about sports, and obsessed with winning. One day a Quaker family moves in and has a kid the same age named Penn Webb. Crash meets Mike at school and together they prank, bully, and make Penn’s life miserable. Penn wants to be like his ancestors, champions of the Penn Relays. Crash and Penn are both on the track te
Julie Decker
Crash Coogan is a tough guy. He's on the football team. He takes charge. He's respected. He's well dressed. And of course, one of the things a guy in that position generally does is pick on weak, weird kids. Such is the relationship between him and neighborhood weirdo, Penn Webb.

Crash has known Penn since early childhood, and while he's always been a brawny, strong child, Penn is skinny and has weird clothes and weird interests. Crash isn't really even sure why he picks on the kid, except it fee
Courtney Schlenker
Crash is about John “Crash” Coogan who is a one of those stereotypical jocks in school that bullies people and has a wonderful life. One day his grandfather has an unexpected stroke. This makes Crash unconsciously reevaluate his life and the people in his life including his friends. Aspects of his life that were once important to him become trivial. Crash becomes more aware of the world and realizes that football is not as important. “Crash” is a book to help students look at bullying from the p ...more
If you are looking for an interesting, exciting teenage story that fits the interests of both boys and girls, then Crash by Jerry Spinelli is the book for you. With football and drama as themes tied into this book, it makes the plot exciting no matter what you enjoy. The characters seemed believable but somewhat stereotypical (Ex. Jocks, Nerds, Geeks, Stuck Up Girls). The relationships between characters and their conversations were very believable except for the "pretty girl" hanging out with ...more
Anthony Muench
I thought it was a very happy book with a bit of sadness
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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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