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The Last Newspaper Boy in America Hardcover – September 3, 2009
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This book takes me back to summers when I was a child when we didn't have cable, every kid wasn't scheduled into every activity, and if you wanted to go somewhere you rode your bike. I'm glad there are still places like that and that there are still families like the David family (at least I hope so). If you want to share a nostalgic slice of what small town midwestern life was like when you were young and still read a contemporary novel with great characters that will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings, share this book with every kid you know. It's an especially good choice for boys in 4th to 7th grade, younger if you read aloud.
A HUGE RECOMMEND for just about anybody.
One thing I noticed is that at the beginning of this book, Wil didn’t really seem to know his neighbors. He knew their names, addresses, and how they liked to get their papers, but he didn’t really interact with them. As his campaign to keep home delivery went forward, though, his meetings with his neighbors became more frequent when he got to know them personally. I don’t want to ruin the awesome ending, but I will drop a hint about how Wil’s neighbors come to his aid. One lesson to take away from this book is that an organized group of people will always accomplish much more than just one person can.
“The Last Newspaper Boy in America” is actually more about community organizing than it is about a newspaper route. Still, I felt that it was an awesome book, and one with a good message. But that leads me to ask if you’ve ever felt that something happening to you was unfair? What was it, and what did you do about it? Do you think that writing a complaint letter could have made a difference?
Resourceful Wil is determined to keep the town's newspaper delivery intact and to find out the mystery of why no one can win the Cover the Spot game at the Fair. Yes the story starts out slowly, but what a delightful message to all young people. Just think, Wil gives up his dream to own a laptop computer all to save the town's one and only factory building. Our children always assume that the computer is at their disposal and not to put themselves out for others.
Excellent message - suggested for larger church libraries too.
Sue Corbett has written a delightfully funny novel about a small town and family inhabited by believably quirky personalities. THE LAST NEWSPAPER BOY IN AMERICA also left me nostalgic for simpler days - when the carnival coming to town is big news-- and places, where everyone knows and is more accepting of everyone else.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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BOUGHT IT FOR NEPHEWS SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT AND HE READ IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH, ENJOYED IT MYSELF.Published 11 months ago by Glenn Davis
My friend recommended this book to me from the battle of the books list. I thin it is a really good look into the past and the story shows that little towns can do big things!Published on January 17, 2013 by Hilary Conway
This story is basically a good one. The moral is good and the overall twists make it an ok read.Published on July 7, 2010 by K. Mcdermott
If you are looking for a book to read, whether you are 12 or 92, The Last Newspaper Boy in America is my pick. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by L. A. Ciraolo
Wil has been hurling newspapers with bullseye-on-the-front-porch accuracy since he was 3, but he had to wait until he was 12 to take over the paper route handed down through his... Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by L. Johns