Paperboy by Vince Vawter : Newberry Honor award deals with real issue of stuttering

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Intermediate, Primary School
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By Vince Vawter

Awards just announced by the Association for Library Service to Children highlight the best books for children. While I knew most of them one did slip by that I knew nothing about. Paperboy by Vince Vawter is a Newberry Honor Award winner which I have just reserved from the city library. (Have to wait in line as all copies are in use so that already tells me it is going to be good).
It is a story set in the summer of 1959 in Memphis. It deals with an 11 year old boy who is sensitive yet resilient. He needs to be, as he can barely talk without stuttering. Taking over his best friend’s paper round for a month he suddenly has to deal with people. How will he cope when he can’t even say his own name?
But life becomes dangerous when he has a run-in with the neighbourhood junkman. Not even his family are safe.
This book deals with the very real issue of stuttering and the impact it has on the lives of sufferers. I can’t wait to read this book.

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