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Worth Re-Reading

At first glance, Jerry Spinelli's Crash would seem to deal in stereotypes: the high school football hero who knocks down everyone in his path; and the classic schoolyard victim, a funny-looking boy who proves an all too easy target for the jock's roughshod bullying. But the dorky vegetarian possesses his own unique dignity; and the hard boiled jock discovers private reserves of moral courage. Spinelli's funny, moving story about an unlikely friendship is unexpectedly subtle and wise, not unlike its title character.