By Chris Crutcher
Those six tales from acclaimed writer Chris Crutcher are approximately athletes, yet will not be easily activities tales. right here he provides characters from a few of his best–loved novels, in addition to developing a few unforgettable new personalities, in stories of affection, loss of life, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age. a while eleven+
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No pun intended. Melissa—along with almost everyone, I would guess—is inside, waiting to be crowned Queen of the Winter Ball before suffering the humiliation of being jerked across the dance floor by an escort who should have “GOODYEAR” tattooed the length of both sides. My fear is nearly paralyzing, to tell the truth, but I’ve faced down this monster before—though, admittedly, he gets more fierce each time—and I’ll face him down again. When he beats me, I’m done. Heads turn as I move through the door.
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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher