Brenden Gray - Mrs. Rayburn - 7th-8th Period - 10/12/14

                  DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER.

In Crash by Jerry Spinelli, John "Crash" Coogan goes through life running over everyone and not caring about their feelings, when he meets the new kid Penn Webb. Penn was different from the rest, such as his parents were older than usual, he lived in a very small house, he was a vegetarian, he didn't watch T.V., and he did not like any sort of violence.  These were all things Crash could look forward in using to pick on Penn.  But when Crash's grandfather, Scooter, has a stroke, it changes Crash's perspective on life, making him nicer to Penn.


When I was in 3rd grade I was picked on just like Penn was.  Only when I was picked on, it didn't last as long as when Penn was picked on.  A teacher stopped the kid who was picking on me, but Penn was being picked on away from adults and had such a positive attitude about life that it didn't seem to bother him.

Evaluate the book

I thought it was a very good book, it was very detailed and well thought out.  I would suggest this to a friend because I want them to have the same good experience that I did.  I liked the book a lot because there were tons of things that I could identify with like being in middle school, playing football, being messy, and working hard to make friends.  I chose this book to read because of the title and my mom had read another Jerry Spinelli book with her students and she told me she really enjoyed it.


"I shoveled dirt into the dump truck; then I drove the truck over to the flower bed and dumped dirt onto a purple pansy until I buried it." I can relate to this quote because all my life including now, I like to randomly dig in the dirt and bury stuff.

"I put them on my Christmas list, but my father said no way was he going to spend more on a pair of sneakers than on a weeks worth of groceries."  I can relate to this quote because I asked for a pair of Jordan's for my birthday and my dad refused to buy me any because they were a ridiculous price. We later had an agreement that I needed to pay 1/3 of the price and they pay the other 2/3 of it, but only because it was a part of my birthday present.

"Today was the first day of school.  Seventh grade." I can relate to this quote because I'm in 7th grade, I'm in football, I am at a brand new school, and every year is a new adventure.

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