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|Length: 242 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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And believe me, when you stutter, nothing else much matters. The majority of your being is focused on trying to be "normal."
Now, before you start throwing things at a virtual me because of my review title, I've had a stutter since I was in elementary school -- this was back in the late 1970s. One important technique that I used -- just like in Paperboy -- was to place a soft "hiss" before difficult words (I was more a "blocker" than a "stutterer"). Book, because of the hard B sound, would cause my mouth to freeze up (like a "closed fist", says the main character in Paperboy) and putting a soft "s" sound in front of it allowed me to force the word out. If the hiss didn't work, I'd often change the word entirely -- another technique often used by stutterers. For example, using the word "Story" instead of "Book." Story, after all, starts with a soft S sound. Much easier! (And much less panic provoking!)
Like Little Man (the main character's nickname in the book -- and nicknames are important because they often take the place of hard-to-pronounce real names), I was in speech therapy and learned many ways to compensate for my stutter, though if I was faced with reading out loud (darned teachers who loved round-Robin reading), giving speeches, or talking to people in general, I would often panic. Freeze up. And my speech problem would be all the more severe.
Reading this book was almost reading about my own life. No, I didn't play baseball or deliver papers, but I could relate to every single stuttering-related issue faced by Little Man.Read more ›
However, at 11, he's at the time in his life when he's going from being a little boy to entering into adolescence which brings more awkwardness, but also more determination and pride. He already knows that he's one of the best baseball players around, but he wants to overcome the barriers that stuttering has put in his way.
The other strong setting is the place -- 1959 Memphis. That means that while his parents go out to dinner parties, he is cared for by his African American housekeeper/nanny Mam (it seems as if 50's housewives did a lot of socializing, but perhaps I'm wrong). Mam gives him confidence. A customer on his route who takes the time to talk, listen, and ask questions also helps him figure out who he wants to be.
The novel is great on so many levels -- a great cover, a great premise, lots of heart -- that by the time I got to the end, I forgot the bang that started it all. The first sentence:
"I'm typing about the stabbing for a good reason. I can't talk.
What a hook! One can't forget that, but the story diverged from that event immediately, only coming back around to it in the end.
CONTENT NOTE: I would say this is a book for older middle grade readers, at least 5th and up. There is some swearing.Read more ›
what does it mean to be true to yourself?
when is sharing something you are not good at a strength instead of a weakness?
what would you do if you were in his situation?
great stories offer the best psychological insights.
The best stories come from authors who write about what they know. The struggle for the paperboy to make connections to people, including his own parents despite his stutter, is made all the more poignant because the author, Vince Vawter, has lived with stuttering all his life. This is a novel about the struggle to overcome limits, and the reward that comes from that struggle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for kids to read and for others to understand stuttering.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was one out two of my summer reading books but it has benn the best one this summer.Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book was the best I ever read and it is very interesting that you wouldn't want to stop readingPublished 7 days ago by max
A truly inspiring story! I couldn't keep my hands off this book! I am a speech pathologist and it was wonderful to gain insight into the mind and feelings of those who stutter. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jacqueline
What a wonderful book. It's the best I've read in a long time. Touching, beautifully written and to be enjoyed slowly. The characters are truly remarkable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beverly A. Spooner
This book has unique characters, interesting setting and a remarkable protagonist. Despite the confusion at times due to lack of quotation marks, it is an insightful glimpse into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon Miner
This is a story of a 11 years old that has a big problem but can throw a mean fastball. This book talks about Empathy, and taught me that everyone is different from one another. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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