Chris Crutcher grew up in Cascade, Idaho, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. He is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels and a collection of short stories for teenagers, all chosen as ALA Best Books. In 2000, he was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution in writing for teens. Drawing on his experience as an athlete, teacher, family therapist, and child protection specialist, he unflinchingly writes about real and often-ignored issues that face teenagers today.
96fools, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by 96fools)
Louie Banks of Trout, Idaho is a senior at Trout High School and is having a good life. He has the football position he wanted and a girl everyone dreams of having, Becky Sanders. There is only one problem, that is all about to change. He is about to experience the worst relationship ending ever and the worst sport decision made about him by the principle, Anthony Jasper. Anthony will make this decision on Louies’ actions at the game couch Lednecky said they would take out the opponents’ star player, a black kid named Washington. Louie will need to find a way to occupy his time and prevent himself from going over the edge. That is all I am going to say so go and read the book! Running Loose is a great book for anyone going through hard times or just trying to get through high school. Personally, I loved it. There is so much description and emotion that I couldn’t put it down. I believe you will feel the same. Chris Crutcher must have an excellent mind to write this book. There is so much detail as to how Louie does stuff like breaking a plaque out of the ground. When he chucks that plaque into the river, it says that Louie could almost hear Becky laughing. You need to read it to understand exactly what was going through Louies’ mind in that little space of time. This book is meant to be read by teenagers. Anyone who is having problems with sports or relationships should definitely read this book. This book seems like it was meant to help solve problems for people just like Louie.
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kdizzle, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by kdizzle)
Running Loose is one of those books that you just can’t put down! It was written in first person point of view. The book begins when Louie, the main character, was a starter on an eight man football team in a small town called Trout, Idaho. He had the best girlfriend that he could ever wish for. Everything was going good for him until catastrophe struck! His football coach ordered for an illegal hit for one of his teammates to take out a player that was on the other team. When his teammate took the other player out, Louie went off on the coach. Since he had embarrassed the whole Trout high school for doing that, he was kicked off the team by his coach. After a couple weeks, he had got a call that his girlfriend, Becky, had died from trying to dodge a kid on a motorcycle and had driven off the bridge into the water. He goes through a lot of depression during this time. After her death, he keeps going back to visit the place where they went almost every evening to be alone. He chopped a tree down that reminded him of sitting under it with her in the evenings where they would sit and talk about their lives. The book was an action packed thriller! I think this book relates to someone in a special way. I would recommend this book to young adults because of some language and some sexual content.
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renji 5961, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by renji 5961)
This high school student that is having a great start to his senior year. He trains all summer for football because he wants a starting position on his 8 man team. His best friend Carter trains with him. At football tryouts he tries to make quarterback, but he doesn’t get it; although, he does get his starting position. His year is going great; he has the best girlfriend in the school and the team is winning every game. Then they face their rivals Salmon River. Before the game the coach tells them to purposely take out there best player who happens to be black. He yells when it happens and that is when it all goes downhill. It has good plot turns and a great climax. I liked it because this can happen to anyone and it probably has happened to a lot of people around the world. It isn’t one of those happy ending but a good ending for this book. I think the author was describing something that may have happened to him. This could just be him getting rid of the sadness if it happened to him. Just think what you would do if that happened to you how you would act. This is a good book to read. This book is a great book for grades 8 and up. This is a great book and if you like sports or a little romance or if you just like the author then you should read this book and have some fun.
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