Historical Context

The War on Drugs Campaign in the 1980s
When The Crazy Horse Electric Game was published, President Ronald Reagan and...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Form and Content

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

Using a seventeen-year-old golden boy athlete, Chris Crutcher weaves a realistic story about how fate rules life in The Crazy Horse Electric Game. The novel follows Willie Weaver from the height of his popularity as a baseball hero, which ends in a tragic boating accident, through the rebuilding of his life in Oakland, California, at the One More Last Chance High School. Crutcher uses short chapters, an easy-to-follow plot, strong characterization, and foreshadowing to hook and maintain the reader’s interest. The third-person narration allows the reader to see inside the minds of the characters, feeling their emotions and drawing the reader into the nightmare that has become reality for Willie.

The game is a watershed event in Willie Weaver’s life. His controlled pitching and awesome final catch take the championship away from the three-time winning team, Crazy Horse Electric. He becomes the star player for Sampson Floral and the town hero. In the blink of an eye, however, Willie’s life and the lives of his friends and family change forever. A water skiing accident leaves the left side of Willie’s body paralyzed, impairing his speech and movement.

Lost in a world that he no longer knows, in a body that he no longer controls, Willie struggles to overcome his confusion and frustration by trying to play racquetball, managing the girls’ basketball team, talking to a psychologist, participating in speech therapy, and going out with friends. The decisions that he makes are based on his emotions and have...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Setting

The Crazy Horse Electric Game begins and ends in the small town of Coho, Montana— another fictional representation of Crutcher's...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Literary Style

Setting
The novel’s two settings serve to greatly differentiate between Willie’s life before the accident and after the...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Literary Qualities

The Crazy Horse Electric Game is told in a unique way. Rather than utilizing first person as he had in Running Loose and...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Social Sensitivity

There are many social issues raised in The Crazy Horse Electric Game. Too many according to reviewer Todd Morning who notes Crutcher...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Topics for Discussion

1. Do you think Willie should have left home? Does he leave home or does he run away?

2. Is what happened to Willie really an...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Willie Weaver's sister dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Research the causes of SIDS and what advances are being made to combat this...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Topics for Further Study

Chris Crutcher has often been criticized, and sometimes censored, for tackling serious and controversial subject matter. Is it wrong for...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Related Titles / Adaptations

For more about the tough streets of Oakland the works of Jess Mowry are instructive and entertaining, in particular Babylon Boyz, Ghost...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game What Do I Read Next?

The Ironman: A Novel, by Chris Crutcher, is an intense look into the life of a seventeen-year-old athlete whose strained...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game For Further Reference

Brown, Jennifer. "PW Talks with Chris Crutcher." Publishers Weekly (March 12, 2001): 92. This is an interview focusing on the novel...

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The Crazy Horse Electric Game Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Bosc, Michael, “Street Gangs No Longer Just a Big-City Problem,” in U.S. News & World Report, p. 108....

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