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Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
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Aug 23, 09

bookshelves: high-school
Read in August, 2009

Another good Crutcher book, this time exploring the world of anger, especially in adolescents, and how it is expressed. Crutcher uses 3 short stories involving characters that have appeared in other Crutcher books. I dropped it down a star because of two things - a few times the dialogue was not very true to a teenager - too worldly, even for a teenager that has gone through trauma. The other reason was that in the 3rd story he abandoned the story a couple of times to give a history lesson. I think he could have accomplished the same thing with some references within the story and then some end notes. The history lessons were important and needed to be there, but it just didn't enhance the story as it should have.

Crutcher's use of story to reveal his experience of working with kids that live through horrific lives has enlightened me numerous times. It helps me understand why I might see from kids that I encounter abnormal reactions to everyday situations.
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