King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher
An Ill-Advised Autobiography

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Do You Know:

A good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives?

That you can step inside a roaring coal furnace and feet cool?

That Jesus had an older brother?

How shutting your mouth can help you avoid brain surgery?

How to avoid cow-pies during your baptism?

How to survive in the winter wilderness with only a fishing pole and a sausage?

Chris Crutcher
knows the answers to these
things and more.

And once you have read about Chris Crutcher's life as a dateless, broken-toothed, scabbed-over, God-fearing dweeb, and once you have contemplated his ascension to the buckskin-upholstered throne of the King of the Mild Frontier, you will close this book, close your eyes and hold it to your chest, and say, "I, too, can be an author."

Hell, anyone can.

About Chris Crutcher

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Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. Drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protec-tion specialist, Crutcher writes honestly about real issues facing teenagers today: making it through school, competing in sports, handling rejection and failure, and dealing with parents. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.
Published October 5, 2004 by Greenwillow Books. 260 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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"In this funny, bittersweet and brutally honest autobiography, Crutcher recounts his journey from a boyhood misspent in remote Cascade, Idaho, to his present life as a writer," wrote PW in a starred review.

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Among the many laugh-out-loud episodes he recalls are his older brother's knack for always gaining the upper hand (he talks young Chris into peeing down the heat-register in the living room and convinces him that Jesus had an "older, smarter brother" named "Esus"), plus the author's penchant for ...

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