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Chris Crutcher


Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award.

He has been a child and family therapist with the Spokane Community Mental Health Center and is currently chairperson of the Spokane Child Protection Team. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.

Chris Crutcher

Books by Chris Crutcher

by Chris Crutcher - Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

When it comes to family, Annie is in the losers bracket. While her foster parents are great (mostly), her birth family would not have been her first pick. And no matter how many times Annie tries to write them out of her life, she always gets sucked back into their drama. Love is like that. But when a family argument breaks out at Annie’s swim meet and her nephew goes missing, Annie might be the only one who can get him back. With help from her friends, her foster brother, and her social service worker, Annie puts the pieces of the puzzle together, determined to find her nephew and finally get him into a safe home.

by Chris Crutcher - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

A group of misfits brought together by T. J. Jones to find their places in a school that has no place for them, the Cutter All Night Mermen struggle to carve out their own turf. T. J. is convinced that a varsity letter jacket will be an effective carving tool. He's right. He's also wrong. Still, it's always the quest that counts. And the bus on which the Mermen travel to swim meets soon becomes the cocoon inside which they gradually allow themselves to talk, to fit, to bloom.

by Chris Crutcher - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend. Now Sarah Byrnes --- the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known --- sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.

by Chris Crutcher - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Period 8. An hour a day. You can hang out. You can eat your lunch. You can talk. Or listen. Or neither. Or both. Nothing is off-limits. The only rule is that you keep it real; that you tell the truth. But someone in Period 8 is lying. And when a classmate goes missing and the mystery of her disappearance seeps beyond P-8 and into every hour of the day, all hell breaks loose.

by Chris Crutcher - Fiction

Eddie Proffit must cope with the unexpected deaths of his father and his best friend, while having to face the possibility of one of his favorite books being removed from his school. But Billy Bartholomew, his friend, doesn't disappear completely. He comes back to speak with Eddie and to help him find his way again.

by Chris Crutcher

Following angry outbursts at school, Bo Brewster is sent to Mr. Nak's Anger Management Group, where he meets a hard-edged pack of survivors whose own defenses are rigged as high as his. It is here he meets and falls in love with Shelly, a future American Gladiator, whose passion for physical challenge more than matches his.