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The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
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Oct 14, 11

bookshelves: my-middle-school-reading
Read from October 12 to 14, 2011

Where do I start in naming all the reasons I love this story? I love that this story is told by a dead guy. I love that the story deals with true friendship and loss and censorship. I love that Chris Crutcher has written himself into his own story as a side character in such a clever, humorous, ans self-deprecating way. I love that the most thoughtful, articulate, profound guys are the high school janitor and the gas station attendant. I love that the phrase What Would Jesus Do? is answered in the most honest way I know...

This story reminds me of so many other stories I know, told by authors I love. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving, The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements, Cut by Patricia McCormick, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak... I love that I got to revisit those stories as I read this one.

I can't believe I hadn't read any of Chris Crutcher's fiction before now. I read his memoir King of The Mild Frontier years ago and devoured it. Now I'm off to devour everything else I can get my hands on by Chris Crutcher.

No time to write more. I'm off to find Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes...

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Reading Progress

10/13/2011 page 120
47.0% "I read 120 pages of The Sledding Hill yesterday. I can't believe I haven't read any of Chris Crutcher's fiction before! I read his memoir King of the Mild Frontier a few years ago and loved it, but hadn't read his other work until now, and now, I can't put it down. Such an awesome read."
10/13/2011 page 200
78.0% "AMAZING"

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