Crash - a novel by Jerry Spinelli

by Jerry Spinelli

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Book Information

Publication Date: December 24, 2008


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 560L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level V


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults


Number of Pages: 184 pages


Approximate Word Count: 53,680 words


Book Themes: Violence, Family, Materialism, Language and Communication, Friendship, Change


Genre: fiction


Setting: Pennsylvania


Important Quote: "She's gonna go' -- I made my voice high like a girl's -- 'Oooo, there's that Crash Coogan scoring another touchdown. I do believe I'm falling in love with that boy. He's so good and handsome."


First Line: My name is John," it says. "John Coogan"


Point of View: first person through the perspective of John Coogan

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