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November 14, 2008 | Preston Williams, Williams is a writer at the Washington Post.
Here's all you need to know about Chris Crutcher, whose young-adult fiction is set against a high school sports backdrop and is a hit with jocks and non-jocks, not to mention readers and supposed nonreaders: During the morning sessions of an all-day appearance at Strasburg (Va.) High School recently, students approached Crutcher on three occasions and paused while tears welled in their eyes as they talked to him. That's how much his books reflect their lives. Although Crutcher, 62, has no children, he said that knack comes in part from years of working as a director of an alternative school and as a family therapist dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.
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November 14, 2008 | Preston Williams, Williams is a writer at the Washington Post.
Here's all you need to know about Chris Crutcher, whose young-adult fiction is set against a high school sports backdrop and is a hit with jocks and non-jocks, not to mention readers and supposed nonreaders: During the morning sessions of an all-day appearance at Strasburg (Va.) High School recently, students approached Crutcher on three occasions and paused while tears welled in their eyes as they talked to him. That's how much his books reflect their lives. Although Crutcher, 62, has no children, he said that knack comes in part from years of working as a director of an alternative school and as a family therapist dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.
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September 5, 1987 | JOHN LEVERT, LeVert's most recent young adult novel is "The Flight of the Cassowary" (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow Books: $11.75; 215 pp.) Willie Weaver is one of those small-town athletes who seem to come along once every generation, who play sports so well that their greatest games seem somehow to spill over from the playing field into the life of their town.
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September 5, 1987 | JOHN LEVERT, LeVert's most recent young adult novel is "The Flight of the Cassowary" (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow Books: $11.75; 215 pp.) Willie Weaver is one of those small-town athletes who seem to come along once every generation, who play sports so well that their greatest games seem somehow to spill over from the playing field into the life of their town.
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September 15, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Angus" takes us right smack back into the hell that was high school for all of us who didn't fit in for one reason or another. It's a journey made many times over in the movies, but this film, although uneven, has an uncommon honesty and a beguiling young actor, Charlie Talbert, in the title role. Angus describes himself accurately as "a fat guy who's good at science"--and therefore, the guy least likely to make an impression on the prettiest, most popular girl in school (Ariana Richards).
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October 18, 1986 | PETER F. NEUMEYER, Peter F. Neumeyer recently translated Hans Baumann's German children's book, "Mischa and His Brothers." and
The Impact Zone By Ray Maloney (Delacorte Press: $14.95) Stotan! By Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow Books: $10.25) As early as 1802, education specialist Sarah Trimmer distinguished between books for children and those for adolescents, defining "all young gentlemen and ladies to be children till they are 14 and young persons till they are at least 21."
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February 7, 1993 | MARY LAINE YARBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Mary Laine Yarber teaches high school English
My students frequently tell me that they would like to do more outside reading but just can't find any books that hold their interest. Parents also ask me how to remedy this. I've got 10 great answers. Here are 10 novels that are popular with teens right now. All are paperbacks in the $3 to $4 range. * "Sex Education," by Jenny Davis, has the most eye-catching title in the bunch, but it isn't the racy little saga you might expect.
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March 3, 1993 | MARY LAINE YARBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
My students frequently tell me that they would like to do more outside reading but just can't find any books that hold their interest. Parents also ask me how to remedy this. I've got 10 great answers. Here are 10 novels that are popular with teens right now. All are paperbacks in the $3 to $4 range. * "Sex Education," by Jenny Davis, has the most eye-catching title in the bunch, but it isn't the racy little saga you might expect.
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June 20, 1993 | SUZANNE CURLEY
Outsiders have always been "in" in young-adult fiction. Those who deviate from the norm--especially amid the intense peer pressure of teen-age years--may make us uncomfortable in real life but fascinate us in the pages of a book. The reason could be that reading about characters whose outward appearance or behavior or life circumstances set them apart is a safe way to explore the pain of our own feelings of separateness.
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December 10, 2001 | BARBARA J. ODANAKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man plays his cello in a war-torn village square. A refugee family flees unspeakable horrors. A boy dreams of bombs and death. ... The war in Afghanistan? No, scenes from books for children. Bleak settings and subject matter are not new in children's literature.
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