Crash - a Novel by Jerry Spinelli

by Jerry Spinelli

Crash -  a novel by Jerry Spinelli

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Book Information

Publication Date: December 24, 2008


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 560L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level V


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults


Number of Pages: 184 pages


Approximate Word Count: 53,680 words


Book Themes: Violence, Family, Materialism, Language and Communication, Friendship, Change


Genre: fiction


Setting: Pennsylvania


Important Quote: "She's gonna go' -- I made my voice high like a girl's -- 'Oooo, there's that Crash Coogan scoring another touchdown. I do believe I'm falling in love with that boy. He's so good and handsome."


First Line: My name is John," it says. "John Coogan"


Point of View: first person through the perspective of John Coogan

 

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Vocabulary List

Quaker
artery
asphalt
backup
bamboozle
bawl
beaming
blubber
bulge
bulkhead
caper
ceramic
chime in
clammy
clobber
clubbed
conductor
criticize
crouch
crusader
decal
demolish
demon
devour
dinky
eerie
erosion
fleck
fluorescent
forfeit
forlorn
frantically
fumble

galley
gape
gawk
glum
homeroom
infantry
infest
jabber
livestock
loose cannon
lop
lurch
mate
mill
misery
muss
obnoxious
ovation
pennant
perky
pester
pike
pitiful
poacher
pounce
prairie
prissy
proceeds
pry
quaking
ramble
respectable
rouge

rummage
rut
scowl
scrawny
screech
scrimmage
scrumptious
sheepish
shifty
shudder
smirk
sneer
snicker
snooty
spectators
splotch
squawk
stagger
stalked
stall
stampede
stance
swoon
tendon
thrift shop
torment
uproar
vermin
wallow
wharf
wildlife habitat
wince
woozy

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