Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.
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This was a great book to sit and read. The message is great and the adventure of Crash is exciting. I enjoyed all of the characters and his little sister was adorable. This book just shows that you can find friendship in people that seem to have nothing in common with you.
Students can tell a story about the person they admire the most in their family or on TV the most. They can also have a discussion about what a friendship really means, and how to avoid school bullying.
I loved this book. The story flowed smoothly, the subject line kept my interest, and the moral of the story was important for everyone to know. I will definately add this to my personal library, and have introduced it to my 11 year old son to read. My 14 year old son has read the book and loved it too. Jerry Spinelli offers a great list of books to read and I will be picking them up soon.
As a class extension, the students could talk about what makes a good friendship and a bad friendship. The students can discuss what could have/should have happened at certain parts of the story. Each student could draw a picture of their family members and make a short story about them. I feel the moral of this story could be discussed further. Also, the subject of grandparents could be a lesson in itself, possibly having grandparents as special guests in the class.
CRASH COOGAN IS NOT A VERY LIKEABLE YOUNG MAN
From the minute Crash
The characters were well developed and the plot was extremely realistic. As I read this book I was almost able to plug the names of former students into the place of the characters. This will be one I highly recommend to my students and especially anyone who loves Jerry Spinelli.
John “Crash” Coogan is
Crash by Jerry Spinelli was a good book. I don’t typically read books by Jerry Spinelli because his books don’t really appeal to me. However, overall this book was good. It had a good plot base, the character’s feelings were expressed well.