By Chris Crutcher
Those six tales from acclaimed writer Chris Crutcher are approximately athletes, yet aren't easily activities tales. the following he offers characters from a few of his best–loved novels, in addition to developing a few unforgettable new personalities, in stories of affection, dying, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age. a long time eleven+
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I oughta take you out, fat boy,” he says, but his unimaginative description can’t touch my glory. I put up a finger and wag it side to side in front of his nose. ” He says, “There’s a lot of differences between us, lardo. ” “That’s probably true,” I say, closing my fist under his nose. ” He stares silently at my fist. I say, “Don’t even think it. ” The Pin PREFACE THE PIN In the summer of 1968, when I coached the Spokane swim team, one of my best distance swimmers, Kevin, was a fifteen-year-old boy in constant conflict with his father.
Dad has just finished announcing to Mom and Mac and me that from this point on, when we want food passed to us at the dinner table, we must first say the name of the person we want to pass it. That way, he explained, not everyone will have to look around. Though that is not much of a problem among the three of us (it doesn’t really include Mac. When he passes food, he passes it), I will later thank him when I am eating among large numbers of civilized Americans. ” Mom asks, her eyes rolled back in disbelief.
In my relatively short life as a writer, I have heard my share of praise (for writing about real problems, stories that boys will read, stories that have teaching value and can be used in the classroom), and I have received my share of criticism (for packing too much into one book, for depicting my characters’ hardships too graphically, and for using language and ideas that kids don’t need to be exposed to). Like most writers, I like to think the praise is well deserved, the criticism harsh and unfair.