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My left hand drums its fingers against the steering wheel, while my right grips the stick shift. My veins pulsate with the need to change into First, slam on the gas, and sprint out of the barren gray parking lot.
I yank the gear stick free with my rigid fingers. While music can help you relax, the bass from the speakers vibrates in such a way that it might attract attention to my car, which is parked in the employee-only lot. I have a good view of the tourists as they enter and leave the social services building from here.
My gaze is drawn to the corner windows near her cubicle, which are just six feet away from my car. Courtney closes her eyes and rests her hand on her hip. Her ponytail sways from side to side, as if she were an irritated racehorse. She was assigned my case in June, fresh out of college. I suppose her boss thought she couldn’t increase my salary any higher than it was already.
“I advised you not to make a visitation appointment.” As if we were in the same bed, I stare at her. What is it about Courtney that I admire? She returns the look. She’s one of only three people who has the courage to look an inked seventeen-year-old with a shaved head and earrings in the eyes. My best friend is the second. The third, well, she was the girl I was in love with.
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Jerry Spinelli, a Newbery Medalist, has written a modern classic. “This funny look at what makes jocks tick will be devoured by readers.” —Starred summary in School Library Journal Seventh-grade super-jock with a cocky attitude Crash Coogan earned his nickname after knocking his cousin Bridget flat on her backside with his first football helmet. Since then, he’s been running people over, especially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid who lives down the street. In this unforgettable and beloved tale about prejudices and the surprises life can bring, readers get a rare insight into the life of a bully through the eyes of Crash. “Without being preachy, Spinelli delivers a strong moral blow, relying on the pitch-perfect narration to make his case.” Publishers Weekly says: “Spinelli’s writing style is ideal for this age group, as it is fast-paced and humorous.” —From the Booklist This is an extract from the Trade Paperback edition.
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