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Favorite author project for 646 on Chris Crutcher.

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Ironman Athletic Shorts
The Sledding Hill “These serious subjects [that Crutcher writes about] sometimes belie the reality of his conversational and writing styles, which invoke laughter as often as they deliver poignant perspective. His own past as a reluctant reader, a less-than-ideal student, and a rebellious teen seems to feed into his novels, which the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom has recognized again this year as among the most frequently banned.” Common Themes Six short stories mainly focusing on characters from previous novels. Lionel Serbousek, from Stotan!, begins to recover from the entire death of his entire family and reaches out to the boy who killed them. Louie Banks, from Running Loose, deals with his still-raw feelings about his girlfriend's death and his own homophobia while working at a bar the summer after high school graduation. One previously published story about Angus Bethune, his two sets of gay parents and his problems revolving around the winter dance. Published Works Censorship and the Fight for Intellectual Freedom 17-year-old Bo Brewster is angry; angry with his dad and especially angry with his English teacher/ ex-football coach. When an outburst lands him in anger management classes before school each morning, Bo finds an unlikely new support system and even begins to fall in love with a fellow future felon. By writing letters to the only adult who understands (Larry King), Bo navigates his senior year of high school, trains for a super-triathlon, and faces bigotry and prejudice in many forms, including his own. Johnny Rivers, last seen in The Crazy Horse Electric Game, just wants to wrestle, make bad pun jokes and get his father off his back. Johnny thinks he has the perfect plan when he comes up with the idea to wrestle his father in an exhibition match before the entire school. Petey Shropshire, also from The Crazy Horse Electric Game, is reluctantly starving himself to drop down a weight class to wrestle a girl. He accidentally meets the girl a few weeks before their match and together they hatch a plan to ensure their minimum, or maximum, humiliation depending on who's looking at the situation. In the third story to draw on characters from The Crazy Horse Electric Game, Telephone Man begins to question his father and the values he's been raised with. Jennifer B. Pierce, American Libraries Dec 2007 Running Loose Stotan! Chinese Handcuffs The Deep End Athletic Shorts The Crazy Horse Electric Game Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Ironman Whale Talk King of the Mild Frontier The Sledding Hill Deadline Angry Management YA Fiction Short Stories Adult Fiction Non-Fiction
Crutcher’s life story comes out in his books; almost all of his stories can be traced back to incidents in his childhood or later career as a teacher, therapist, child advocate and triathlete. Some highlights include...

Still plays basketball and participates in triathlons
Biography Sports prejudice and bigotry religion sexuality abuse coming-of-age romance anger death standing up for your beliefs the individual vs. the establisment Since 2005, Chris Crutcher has appeared on every single one of the ALA's annual lists of most frequently challenged authors. His website includes a page dedicated to following the challenges to his books until the end of the process and the eventaul retention, banning, or censoring of the book. He also posts responses to complaints against his books as he becomes aware of them. A pdf file for Banned: A Guide to Teaching Challenged and Banned Books, featuring the novels of Chris Crutcher is available on his webpage His website includes links to further resources on censorship and pdfs of posters and bookmarks promoting freedom to read Born in 1946 Raised in the small logging town of Cascade, Idaho

Attended Eastern Washington College, majored in psychology and sociology
Taught in Washington and California Directed an alternative school for at-risk kids in Oakland, CA Lives in Spokane, Washington Continues to work as a counselor and child advocate Fierce defender of intellectual freedom Awards and Criticism "formulaic and predictable" "disgusting" "inapropriate" "too much at once" "Gratuitous use of vulgar language, sexual explicitness, and violent imagery" 2000 Margaret A. Edwards Award, ALA 1998 National Intellectual Freedon Award, NCTE and SLATE 2004 Writers Who Make a Difference Award, The Writer magazine 1993 The ALAN Award for Contributions to Young Adult Literature Eddie Proffit's had a rough summer... Teaching Chris Crutcher
Why are his books challenged so frequently? What is it about his books that make people uncomfortable? Is that a valid reason to remove them from libraries? Sports to hook reluctant readers Fiction from reality Awareness for abuse, use Crutcher books as an avenue to dicussing this tricky issue and providing students with resources in their community Can fiction reveal truth? Resources
1)"Banned Books Week: The Stories Behind the Bannings and Challenges". American Booksellers Foundation. Saturday, April 17, 2010 <http://www.abffe.com/bbw-booklist-detailed.htm>.
2)Crutcher, Chris. Athletic Shorts. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1991.
3)Crutcher, Chris. Ironman. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996.
4) Crutcher, Chris. King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2003.
5)Crutcher, Chris. The Sledding Hill. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2005.
6)Crutcher, Chris. "Author, Chris Crutcher". Saturday, April 17, 2010 <http://www.chriscrutcher.com/>.
7)"Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century". American Library Association. Saturday, April 17, 2010 <http://www.lita.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedauthors/index.cfm>.
8) Pierce, Jennifer. "redemptive Reading". American Libraries December 2007: 68-69.
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