Crash, By Jerry Spinelli

Crash, By Jerry Spinelli

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  • Penn never won but Crash came anyways. Penn's house looked like a garage and his dad looked like he was his Grandpa. He went to play in Penn's room and the only toy he had was a wooden wagon. They ate supper and Crash found out that they didn't eat meat. He was very confused with the way they lived
  • Crash was outside one summer day when a dorky kid walked up and said his name is Penn Webb.  Crash made fun of him and he came again several times, Crash tried to find something to do with him, but it was hopeless. Penn invited him to eat supper with his family and they had different competitions so if Penn could win, Crash would come.
  • During one summer he met a new kid named Mike and was best friends with him in five minutes, they started 7th grade and were pretending to be friends with Penn, they saw a new girl that looked like she was in high school, her name was Jane Forbes. 
  • There was a football meeting on the first day of school and Penn Webb was going out for cheerleading. They continued to torment Webb during school without him finding out it was them. Football practice started and after practice they ate pizza and Crash's sister was a vegetarian now because she hung out with Penn.
  • Scooter!!
  • They won the first football game 45-13, Crash scored 6 touchdowns. He was taken out at the beginning of the third quarter and didn't go back in because he wouldn't come off the field. His parents never came to the game.
  • When he got home, his Grandpa, Scooter was in their kitchen cooking. He told Crash that he was staying for good, but he was sure that Scooter was kidding. But when his parents got home they confirmed that he was going to live with them. The food he made was delicious but no one knew what was in it.
  • His mom was a real estate agent and she announced that she was handling three stores in the mall that was going to be built. Abby, Crash's little sister came home and had a stick that said that the mall must fall, she was protesting against the wall to make sure it won't be built with Penn and Jane Forbes.
  • Abby told Scooter that she wanted to make their yard into a wildlife habitat and already wrote to Washington, D.C. She wanted to grow the grass out, have water and woodpiles. This would be a safe place for animals to live.
  • Mike wanted to continue picking on Penn Webb but Crash didn't want to. He was allowed to visit Scooter but the only thing he could say was A-bye. Abby set up a doll house in the backyard for mice with pizza in it but no mice came. Every night Penn ran past their house and he couldn't figure out why. 
  • Crash woke up one morning and saw Scooter sitting against the tree in the backyard. He had a stroke and had to go to the hospital. About a week later the doctor said that he would be okay, but he can't walk, talk, and he doesn't remember much. He also moved to a rehab place.
  • Crash let Penn win the fourth spot in relay. He wanted his Great Grandfather to see him run in the relays after he read an essay Penn wrote about him. Penn was the anchor and brought the team from last to second. His mom went part-time in her job and they started buying some clothes from the same thrift shop Penn buys his clothes from. Penn gave him mud that his Great Grandpa got from the bottom of the missouri river that was supposed to be good luck for Scooter. The grass in the backyard was tall and they had a wildlife habitat. Scooter was getting better and Penn was now Crash' best friend
  • Scooter came home but he uses a walker and can still only say A-bye. They started track and Penn also went out for track. Every time they raced Penn started out ahead but Crash passed him half way through. They were going to be in the Penn Relays that Penn was named after.They were running in the 4x100 race and one spot was open.
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