Crash By Spinelli, Jerry Book - 2004 | 1st Dell Laurel-Leaf ed

This story’s theme—the making and unmaking of a bully—makes it bit of a rarity among YA books. Crash’s awakening to the wrongness of his ideas is a gradual journey, brought on by personal issues that don’t necessarily make themselves known to outsiders. Crash’s evolution from hard-headed, hard-knuckled bruiser to (somewhat) sensitive teenager who thinks about others is a convincing one, with amusing little side trips along the way. For a different experience in YA fiction, “Crash” definitely passes muster.

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