Synopses & Reviews
These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories.
Here he presents characters from some of his best–loved novels, as well as creating some unforgettable new personalities, in tales of love, death, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age.
"[Crutcher] and his athlete protagonists take on such weighty issues as racism, homophobia, sexism and the teenager's essential task of coming to terms with his parents." Publishers Weekly
"A winning collection of stories...will speak to YAs, touch them deeply and introduce them to characters they'll want to know better." School Library Journal
"The characterizations are powerfully drawn, and the dialogue is quick and scorching." The Horn Book
"An involving group of stories...thought-provoking and discussable." Kirkus Reviews
"Crutcher knows teen issues and how kids think and talk...he mixes poignancy and humor in just the right proportion to keep readers involved." ALA Booklist
About the Author
Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, the ALAN Award for Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. He has been a child and family therapist with the Spokane Community Mental Health Center and is currently chairperson for the Spokane Child Protection Team. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.