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“Part personal memoir, part mystery, part young adult coming-of-age story, Paperboy is one of those rare novels that works on a variety of levels. On the surface it is a snapshot of one 11-year-old white boy's summer between his 6th and 7th grade years in school. The youth (the author as a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Don't want to give anything away except to say it is about a boy who has a hard time speaking because he stutters. It's in the juvenile section of the library, but is for teens and adults, too. Very, very good!”Mary Ann L wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best stories are those written from experience, and Vince Vawter wrote one that reflected the struggle he lived with growing up with a stutter or any other form of speech impediment.
I cannot stress how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and following the journey of this Little Man (such was the nickname given to him by Mam). An eleven-year-old boy, with a really strong throwing arm, finds himself in the awkward position of having to take over his best friend's role as paperboy for a month while he's away on holiday. Following the route of his friend, he meets an array of people with their own unique qualities that draws them apart from everyone else. Such as the lady who drinks too much and seems to be going through marital problems, an old man who knows everything there is to know about the world and a family with a little boy who seems to watch way too much television.
There's also the neighborhood junkyard man, who steals from people, and has stolen several times from the paperboy himself. When he mentions it to Mam, the colored lady who lives with his family and looks after him, and also the only other person (aside from the old man who knows everything) who understands him and knows how to speak to him in a way that reduces his stutter, she decides to take matters into her own hand - leading to a whole lot of trouble.
I found this story absolutely beautiful. The depth of Vince Vawter's knowledge in dealing with a stutter made it all feel so very real to me. I felt like I knew this boy, and I wished I was there to try and understand him and listen to him and give him the time he needs to express himself. When the book ended and the boy was finally able to say his name out loud (a name that is very similar to Vince Vawter's name) I felt my eyes sting with unshed tears of pride for him. And when I read Vawter's note at the end, it left me feeling like I've just read his own story, his own journey, of how he grew up and dealt with a stutter.
That feeling made the story resound so much louder in my mind, and I was thinking of it long after I've read it.”
“Inside the mind of a stutterer.”JMA wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'd really probably go with more of a 2.5 rating. I tend to love historical fiction, but found it a little hard to get through this one. It was interesting to read about a main character who stutters, though. ”Ms.H wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An eleven year old boy he is really good baseball player but he has a hard time talking to other people. He has a really hard time talking to people. But when he gives people newspapers he has to comunicate with them. But he gets in danger because of this a mean neighbor.”Jake wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story has heart in droves. The author writes in a way that makes me feel like I'm with the paperboy on his route. The Mam character lives and breathes throughout the book. I could feel the relationships as they developed. I suspect this will be a Newbery contender”Karen M wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“stuttering boy takes over his friend's paper route for the month and encounters danger and things he doesn't understand yet can't vocalize.”Jen G wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read on Kindle”Peter R. Auber wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was a great middle reader for a number of reasons. First, the main character, an 11-year-old boy, stutters, and the story shows how the boy tries to overcome his disability. Second, it's set in the late 1950's in the South and shows the realities of segregation. Third, it depicts news delivery before computers. The book has an interesting cast of characters, some humor, and some action. It's an all-around great book.”Janet C wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No