Chris Crutcher A Stotan for Young Adults by Bryan Gillis, Pam B. Cole


Chris Crutcher A Stotan for Young Adults by Bryan Gillis, Pam B. Cole

Chris Crutcher is a literary icon in the field of young adult literature. In this book, Gillis and 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 encounters with censorship and his philosophical stance. 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.


This book will be a valuable addition to the current scholarship on young adult literature and will be useful in high school libraries where both students and teachers can access it. American Reference Books Annual Through personal communication and interviews with the author, this book explores Crutcher's life, career, and selected works. ... Fans of Crutcher will enjoy the conversational anecdotes provided by the author throughout the first two chapters that tell of his life and experiences. VOYA

About the Author

Bryan Gillis is 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. She is the author of Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century.

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224 pages


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Publication date

17th August 2012



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