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Stotan! by Chris Crutcher
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Aug 23, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: grades-8-and-up, teens-in-trouble-boys, sports, grade-10, grade-8, grade-9, grades-11-12
Read in January, 2011

Chris Crutcher’s novels are often overstuffed with drama, trauma, and unbearable pain. Stotan, however, keeps the action within manageable bounds. That’s a huge plus. There’s terminal illness, racist battles, child abuse, and a troubling case of teacher-student dating. But the strength of the characters is enough to keep the emergencies in perspective.

There’s a fair amount of teenage male posturing to the language, another Crutcher trait, but he significantly tones this down after the first few chapters.

Also to his credit, Crutcher didn’t focus so much on the swimming competitions. For every minute swimmers race in the pool, they have to put in hours of training. Crutcher makes the training interesting, along with all the other social baggage these teenagers are lifting.

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