Study Guide

Crash Chapter 1

By Jerry Spinelli

Chapter 1

  • Meet John "Crash" Coogan, a super tough seventh grader. He wants to tell us about the summer before first grade.
  • Crash is outside minding his own beeswax when a dorky kid walks past, whistling. The nerve! Crash decides, Gandalf-style, he shall not pass.
  • The kid introduces himself: he's Penn Webb, the new kid from North Dakota. He seems friendly.
  • Crash, who's not so friendly, introduces himself as Mergatroid. Penn totally buys it.
  • Wanting to rattle the kid, Crash pulls a button Penn's wearing clean off his shirt. Penn walks away without comment.

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