Reader reviews for King of the Mild Frontier

This book was actually quite funny. I had only read one of Crutcher's books before reading his autobiography, and I can definitely see how his work and life shape his writing. I laughed quite often while reading this book and I may pick up more of Crutcher's work as a result.
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This book was a class requirement. I've never heard of Chris Crutcher, and wondered why his memoir was considered "Young Adult" at my local library. Now I know - he's a YA author. The stories he tells are entertaining, if not quaint in that "grandpa remembering the good ol' days sort of way". Some of the things he discusses can relate to any generation, such as the death of a young friend, others can only exist in a by-gone day (such as the antics discussed in Chapter 5). It was a humorous, light read - reminded me a lot of Jean Shepherd's In God We Trust (aka A Christmas Story) - but I can't help but feel I'd enjoy it more if I was either a) over the age of 50 or b) a Chris Crutcher fan.
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This book is an interesting look at the life of young adult author Chris Crutcher. It was a quick read. I think the book gives much insight to many of Crutcher's fiction novels. I liked the book, but wouldn't recommend it to someone that hasn't read at least a couple of Crutcher's books.The strengths included an honest look at Crutcher's life, though he does acknowledge both at the beginning and end of the book that it is the story of his life as he remembers it and memories aren't always accurate. I also think that many of the stories Crutcher tells about sibling rivalry and the desire to fit in are ones that many readers can relate to.The weaknesses would include many references to Crutcher's books that it really helps to have read.
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Looking forward to hearing Chris talk at next weekend's Children's Literature conference here in Singapore. Hilarious memoir... Parts would be great as a read-aloud to students. Now to read or re-read a few of his YA books.
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Chris Crutcher has written a hilarious book about his life. The book is essentially short episodes of his life growing up in the small town of Cascade, Idaho. He writes about how he was a cry baby when he was a little boy and which later attributes to an anger management problem. He tells tales of how his brother used to trick him into doing things, like urinating in a heating vent in their house. He also talks about his crush on a young girl and his troubles with love. The book is very comical and tells mostly of mishaps from his childhood. Its a wonderful coming of age story for anyone to read. It will help younger audiences to see that what is serious and stressful as a child, ends up being funny as an adult. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone.
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Absolutely hysterically funny. One of the most enjoyable memoirs I've ever read
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Autobiography of Chris Crutcher. It made me laugh, it made me cry. His writing is always powerful and evokes emotions.
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Ever wonder what childhood was like for your favorite author? Not just the “born in the country, raised in a log cabin,” sort of thing, but the embarrassing, mind-boggling moments in high school or church or on the summer job? Well here’s your answer. Chris Crutcher writes his own ill-advised biography that will answer a lot of your questions about how he started writing and where his stories come from. Did you ever ask yourself how the term Stotan came into existence? Or how the author got the inspiration for Angus? Or maybe you just wanted to be let in on the secret of Esus, Jesus’s older brother. This hilarious biography tells the story of how the crybaby of the Crutcher family became one of the best writers for young adults.Crutcher’s autobiography is funny and touching. While he brings up some difficult issues (particularly his relationship with his parents), he mostly keeps the story lighthearted. After reading about Crutcher’s life, you begin to understand some of the trends in his characters. He skillfully connects his childhood stories with deeper meanings that make the reader stop and think.
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Chris Crutcher comes to life in his hysterical autobiography. With stories from getting shot with a BB to learning all about Jesus' older brother Esus, Crutcher has a little bit of story for everyone.
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Got to read some more of Crutcher's fiction after listening to this book! Funny, irreverent, and sometimes a pain in the butt, Crutcher's anecdotes about his formative years are engaging. It was his take on himself as an author (particularly an author of books which have been frequently challenged) and his commitment to valuing the voices of the unheard and those that have been through hardships that moved me.
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