Author Chris Crutcher is the author of more than a dozen novels and two short story collections. His work features teen protagonists coping with serious problems, including poverty, abuse, and prejudice. Chris’s books have been informed by his work as a teacher, director of an alternative school, child and family therapist and child protection advocate. All of his books and stories have been challenged or banned at some point during his forty-year career. As a result, Chris has earned two lifetime achievement intellectual freedom awards.