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The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
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Jun 07, 10

Recommended for: readers of all ages
Read from May 16 to 17, 2010 — I own a copy

The focus of this novel is censorship.

The hero of our novel, Eddie Profitt, is a young man mired in tragedy. His father is killed at his mechanic's shop by an exploding tire. One month later his best friend, Billy Bartholomew, is killed in a sheet rock mishap. Eddie is the person that discovers both bodies.

The narrator of the story is Billy Bartholomew. Newly dead, and weighing in a feathery 21 grams, he is ready to help is best friend through his loss. Eddie stops talking to people and begins to feel more distant from his mother. Billy slowly reveals himself to Eddie.

Mr. Tartar, the local reverend and a teaching at the town high school begins a crusade to ban Chris Crutcher's "Warren Peece" from the high school curriculum. Eddie uses his silence to infiltrate the Red Brick Church and gain knowledge how they plan approach the school board censorship meeting. Eddie begins talking the Sunday in church before the meeting and doesn't say what the faithful want to hear. Crutcher writes himself into the school board meeting, but Montana West defends the book so well it leaves him scarcely anything to say.

The novel includes a nice amount of the author's tradmark humor, but the focus on modern censorship--which the author has personal experience with--makes this an important book for all readers.
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