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When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307975058
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (224 p.)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Paper boy


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An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. Ages 10+

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Jul 16, 2020

The paperboy was a very pleasant character. His insight and wisdom at his age I thought was remarkable. His experience during that short term delivering paper was interesting. However, I thought overall the plot was rather slow paced I found myself reading it as fast as possible just to finish the whole story asap, nothing was really memorable. I liked the relationship built between him and Mam.

ArapahoeJanetW Jul 29, 2019

I really appreciated this endearing book. The author shares his own story as a young boy growing up with the challenge of stuttering. He takes over his friend's paper route for awhile in the summer. His interactions with some of the people he meets during this time leads him and us, the readers, into a journey of the heart.

Sep 07, 2015

I think 'Paperboy' is a valuable book, well worth reading, for youth or adults -- especially for anyone with concerns about stuttering.

I loved this book, for reasons that make it a good book to read to my granddaughter. There is insight into how a child deals with stuttering, and into the racial climate in 1950s Memphis .
I met a smart, likeable boy coming of age, and dealing with his severe stuttering.
I saw him becoming aware of racial injustice -- that hurt his beloved nanny.

I liked that the book was warm. I felt like the 11-year-old paperboy was speaking directly to me -- and he was. In the Author's Note, Vawter says his book is "more memoir than fiction."

Alert: There is one long chapter (#17) that deals with a violent, criminal incident. I might try to delete this section when reading the book to my granddaughter.
Or wait till I think she is old enough to handle it.
Or, for ideas, Google Vince Vawter, and see how 'Paperboy' is being used in schools.

Apr 10, 2015

Really good book. Might be bit slow moving for some readers but i really enjoyed it.

Jan 15, 2015

This boy filled in to do a friend's newspaper route, and found help to change his life from an unexpected source! Very uplifting book. Based on true experience of future newspaper editor who broadened his vocabulary to be able to speak!

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend's paper route for the month of July, he knows he'll be forced to communicate with the different customers – something he fears but feels compelled to face.

Apr 01, 2014

I enjoyed this cross between To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help.

Mar 21, 2014

Excellent book about a boy who overcomes stuttering to take over a paper route for a friend for one month. I enjoyed the relationship he built with a customer who encouraged him and shared the importance and love of reading. I did not appreciate the side story about the negro junk man. I thought it took away from the story of the boy, not added to it.


Good Book. SMD/JH

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Jan 15, 2015

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Jun 08, 2015

"I listened to him call me the stuttering poet."


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