A modern classic from Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli.
"Readers will devour this humorous glimpse of what jocks are made of." --School Library Journal, starred review
Cocky seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan got his nickname the day he used his first football helmet to knock his cousin Bridget flat on her backside. And he has been running over people ever since, especially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid who lives down the block. Through the eyes of Crash, readers get a rare glimpse into the life of a bully in this unforgettable and beloved story about stereotypes and the surprises life can bring.
"Without being preachy, Spinelli packs a powerful moral wallop, leaving it to the pitch-perfect narration to drive home his point" --Publishers Weekly
"Spinelli's writing style is great for kids in this age-group, fast-paced and funny." --Booklist
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A-bye Abby ain't anymore asked baby backyard ball Bridget Bugs Bunny button called cheerleading chest Christmas coach Conestoga wagon Coogan Cool Whip Crash dance Deluca dinner door eyes face father feel feet field hockey finger floor football Franklin Field front girl going gonna grade great-grandfather grin guess hallway hand head heard Henry Wilhide Webb Jane Forbes Jerry Spinelli kitchen knew laughed looked mall Mike minute Missouri River mother mouse mouth never nodded North Dakota nose oatburger octopus Okay parents Penn Relays Penn Webb pepperoni pizza pulled Quaker race race-off rodent runners Scooter scream shirt shoulder shoved smiled sneakers Stargirl staring started stopped stuck stuff tell there's thing thought told took touchdown tree turned turtle U.S. Navy Uncle Herm walked wear Webb's Weedwacker What's Yeah