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New book by Bryan Gillis and Pam B. Cole

Chris Crutcher: A Stotan for Young Adults

Chris Crutcher is a literary icon in the field of young adult literature. With his first book, Running Loose, published in 1983, Crutcher established a reputation for giving young adults a voice in realistic fiction. Since then, Crutcher has written a number of books with spot-on depictions of young adults growing through hard times, including Ironman, Whale Talk, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, and Stotan!

In Chris Crutcher: A Stotan for Young Adults, Bryan Gillis and Pam B. Cole examine the life, career, and works of this young adult advocate. This volume opens with a never-before-published comprehensive portrait of the author’s life, gleaned from numerous conversations with Crutcher. The authors explore Crutcher’s childhood, his adolescent years, his life as an adult, and his career as a family counselor and examine how those experiences became fodder for his stories. The authors also discuss Crutcher's experiences with censorship and his philosophical stance.

In this volume, Gillis and Cole also analyze Crutcher’s novels, short stories, and novellas, examining his literary craft and such social themes as bigotry, identity, sexuality, relationships, and loss—themes almost always positioned within a sports story. The authors also discuss Crutcher’s novel, Period.8., which is a sweeping departure from his previous young adult novels and short stories. The analysis of this book focuses on Crutcher’s treatment of teen sexuality.

The most comprehensive study of his life and work to date, this book benefits tremendously from the cooperation of Crutcher himself. Generally known to be reserved about private matters, Crutcher talks candidly about his life as a child, teenager, and young man and how these experiences helped shape his character and his stories. His cooperative spirit gives voice to a book that could easily have been a stale literary analysis. As such, Chris Crutcher: A Stotan for Young Adults will appeal not only to teachers and librarians, but to students who have been enthralled by the works of this generous writer.

Bryan Gillis is an Assistant Professor of English Education and Literacy and the Undergraduate Coordinator for Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University. He has published several articles on linking reading and writing strategies with YA literature.

Pam B. Cole is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Professor of English Education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is the author of the textbook, Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century.

Publication Date: September 2012
Scarecrow Press

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Wadsworth -- Cengage Learning