Meet Chris Crutcher

Mr. Crutcher will be speaking to IHS on Monday, April 18 at an all-school p.m. assembly. His visit will kick-off Right to Read Week.


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About Mr. Crutcher:

Born on July 17, 1946 in Dayton Ohio to a WWII bomber pilot and a homeaker, Crutcher grew up in Cascade, Idaho, a logging town north of Boise. He graduated from Eastern Washington State College -- now Eastern Washington University -- with a BA in psychology and sociology. He later earned his teaching credential and taught primary and secondary school in Washington State and California.

He admits he was a popular teacher, but not a good one. However, once offered the chance to direct a "last chance" alternative school in Oakland, CA, he thoughtfully served at-risk K-12 students for almost a decade before returning to the Pacific Northwest to write his first book.

RUNNING LOOSE was his debut novel for Greenwillow, published in the early 1980's. Nine other novels -- STOTAN!, CHINESE HANDCUFFS, THE CRAZY HORSE ELECTRIC GAME, THE DEEP END, STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES, IRONMAN, WHALE TALK, THE SLEDDING HILL and DEADLINE--
as well as two short story collections -- ATHLETIC SHORTS and ANGRY MANAGEMENT-- and his autobiography, KING OF THE MILD FRONTIER -- followed. Other books, including more short stories and nonfiction as well as several motion picture projects are also in development.

Crutcher's fast-paced fiction -- heavily influenced by his vast experience as a child and family therapist and child protection advocate -- is known for its expert balance of comedy and tragedy, as well as its unflinching honesty and authentic voice.

He has been honored with dozens of awards and honors including the CLA's 2005 St. Katharine Drexel Award, Writer Magazine's 2004 Writers Who Make A Difference Award, the ALA's 2000 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, the NCTE's 1998 National Intellectual Freedom Award and the ALAN Award. And he takes great pride in landing on the ALA Freedom to Read Foundation's top ten banned books and authors lists, whenever it happens.

A popular columnist (Voices from the Middle, Family Energy Magazine, the Signal Journal, iParenting) and public speaker, Crutcher lectures at universities, conferences, libraries, schools and bookstores across the United States and around the world more than 200 days a year. He makes
his home in Spokane, Washington. (from his official website - http://www.chriscrutcher.com/biography.html)

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Mr. Crutcher has written 11 books, as of the summer of 2010.


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