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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,951 Ratings  ·  1,187 Reviews
Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of  cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.  

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Library Binding, 176 pages
Published March 19th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1995)
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Simran Fitzpatrick I liked the characters... they were all so well-rounded and all of them had their own personalities.
Liam Simoneau I play lacrosse and he said ''On the football field I don't run around people, I run through people." and I think it relates a lot to lacrosse.
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Ash R.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
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Jun 08, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Clare Cannon
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crash by Jerry Spinelli a book about a boy who's life changes.A boy named John does not like to be called by his real name so they call him Crash.Crash has a sibling called Abby.Abby is a believer she does what she thinks is right. There is a boy named Penn Webb who changes Crash life.I love this book this book is funny,sad, and teaches you a lot of lessons.One of my favorite characters was Jane Forbes if you read this book she will be intruduced.I recommend this book to people who like books th ...more
Ashley Guzman
"Crash" was about a kid who's nickname was Crash. He used to make fun of a boy called Penn Webb. I liked the book because it had detail and I felt like I was there. I recommend this book to many people who are interested to read it.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "Crash" by Jerry Spinelli teaches you many valuable lessons. It teaches you that people can change and that winning is not the most important thing. John Coogan a football player with the nickname Crash, bullies a boy named Penn Webb. Throughout the story Crash faces obstacles. From mean friends to strokes to family. In this book Crash finds out who he really wants to be. A bully or a friend? I personally loved this book. You learn a lot and laugh a lot. A funny part from the book was w ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crash is by Jerry Spinelli. Crash is about an 11 year boy that is very selfish and is always bragging of he has. John Coogan goes by the nickname of crash. Crash is rude because he only cares about himself not others. I really liked the book because it shows that its not good to be mean to other people that are not like you. One thing that is really awesome about the book is the theme. The theme of the book is "Don't care what people think about you because everyone is different", which is what ...more
Natalie Godinez
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel Crash by Jerry Spinelli is a story of a boy that is going back to school. Crash is a boy that is the best one in the football team. Crash and his best friend Mike always make fun of a boy in the school. Crash puts his uncle on the hospital because he wanted to win. I liked this book because it is a very good, funny, and interesting book because when Abby said she's making the environment a better place for her kids on a discussion with her mom. I recommend this book to football players ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tittle of the book is ''crash'' by Jerry Spinelli. This is a great book because it has very good lessons. At the end crash had trouble weather to be webbs friend or not. It wasn't a really hard choice for him because he knew that he would be his friend .I liked this alot because it shows that your enemy can be your best friend and to not be rude to other people unless you know there personality . I think that unkind people should read this because it might change their personality and feelin ...more
Lesli Diaz
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to my cousin because I liked it and I think that she would like reading it too. I gave this book a 4/5 because I enjoyed reading it and it had lots of details also because it grabbed my attention. At first, Crash was being really rude and at the end of the book he was acting kind. In the book there are really interesting things that happen that grab your attention and make you want to read more and more.
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dorian Becerra
This book is about a kid nicknamed 'Crash' who has to choose to be good to his best friend or to a poor kid that moves in. I liked this book because there is a lot of drama between characters. I would recommend this to people who like drama and a good story
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great because it was funny but sad since something happened to Crash's grandpa.
Porter Sprigg
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
worst book I ever read for school. I read it in seventh grade and mercilessly mocked it on all our homework assignments.
Laura Gates
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Yi Kao
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bariza Kennedy 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

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
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Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spinelli-jerry
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
Jeffrey Mohr
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mohr-grades-3-5
“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
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
Read  Ribbet
My teaching partner Michelle Dahlinger gave me Crash -- a 1996 Jerry Spinelli novel I had not read. We read Loser in class aloud through the semester and she thought I might also like Crash which has a similar feel.

The book begins with a new kid moving into the neighborhood -- the new kid seems a lot like a Donald Zinkoff -- a Quaker who doesn't play with guns, own a lot of toys or eat meat. But it is John "Crash" Coogan who is at the center of this story. The opening had me holding my breath as
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
Ambar Flores
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 117
I like this book, it's about a boy that his name is Crash and he is a football player and he has a friend named Mike and they both bully a boy named Web because he buys second clothes around and is wird. He also has a sister named Abby and she wants to stop the mall an 11 years old and she is friends with Web. Mrs. Coogan Crashes mom and Mr. Coogan Cashes dad and scooter crashes grandpa a sailer that has always traveled and a good cook, that had a octopus named olie. Crash's grandpa ends up in t ...more
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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