Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780688108168, 160pp.
Publication Date: October 23, 1991
These six powerful short stories chronicle bits of the lives of characters, major and minor, who have walked the rugged terrain of Chris Crutcher's earlier works. They also introduce some new and unforgettable personalities who may well be heard from again in future books. As with all Crutcher's work, these are stories about athletes, and yet they are not sport stories. They are tales of love and death, bigotry and heroism, of real people doing their best even when that best isn't very good. Crutcher's straightforward style and total honesty have earned him an admiring audience and made readers of many nonreaders.
“The characterizations are powerfully drawn, and the dialogue is quick and scorching.”
-The Horn Book (starred review)
“An involving group of stories…thought-provoking and discussable.”