About Chris Crutcher

Born July 17th, 1946 in Dayton Ohio. Chris Crutcher is the young adult author responsible for several highly praised and sometimes banned novels and collection of short stories. His body of work, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, include titles such as: Whale Talk, Ironman, Athletic Shorts, Stotan!, and King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography. While much of his subject material comes from his work as a family therapist and child protection specialist, he doesn't feel shy about working his often troubled stories of his own youth into a work of fiction. He lives in Spokane Washington.

Growing up was a challenge for Chris Crutcher, due in part to his older brother, who felt the need to have Chris do things because they were “neat”. While most of the young adults Crutcher writes about are strong willed, highly educated, and athletic; Chris Crutcher seemed to fall short in athletics, making the right choices, and thinking he could cut it as a boy scout. But life wasn’t always bad for Chris Crutcher. He did manage to win a small trophy for his attendance in Sunday school, which his brother dropped moments after it arrived home. Whether it was the BB to the head (another of his brother's neat ideas), or the grace of Esus (Jesus’ one eyed smarter older brother), Chris Crutcher shows readers that growing up is hard, but if he can do it, anyone can.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Crutcher. Information provided from King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Biography, by Chris Crutcher.

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