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Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. Drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, Crutcher writes honestly about real issues facing teenagers today: making it through school, competing in sports, handling rejection and failure, and dealing with parents. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.


Gr 9 Up‘As a result of an altercation with his high school English teacher, Bo Brewster must attend an anger management class composed of problem teens. The ties he establishes with the students and the unorthodox teacher help him sort out his emotions and attain a higher level of maturity. George Guidall's negative tone establishes the rough atmosphere of the classroom and adds muscle to the characters who seek to break Brewster. The teacher's country twang seasoned with wisdom chips away at the teens' hostile facades exposing kinder, more thoughtful young adults. The author, Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, 1995), sprinkles the drama with humorous letters written by Bo to his idol, radio's Larry King. Paul Hecht's good-natured tone reflects the lightness of the letters which chronicle Brewster's preparations for the local triathlon. An adequate purchase for YA listeners interested in sports or troubled teens.-Mark Phillips Tierney, World Bank, ITP Resource Center, Washington, DC

Though the message embedded in this novel about a teenaged would-be triathlon champ "sometimes overwhelms the cast and the story line," said PW, "at its best, the narrative crackles along in the author's inimitable style." Ages 12-up. (July)

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