ISBN: 030793151X
EAN13: 9780307931511
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 23, 2014
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.4" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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*Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. --Booklist, Starred

An unforgettable boy and his unforgettable story. I loved it --ROB BUYEA, author of Because of Mr. Terupt and Mr. Terupt Falls Again

This Newbery Honor winner is perfect for fans of To Kill a Mockingbird, The King's Speech, and The Help. A boy who stutters comes of age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life.

Little Man 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's not exactly looking forward to interacting with the customers. But it's the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, who stirs up real trouble in Little Man's life.

A Newbery Honor Award Winner
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book
An IRA Children's and Young Adults' Choice
An IRA Teachers' Choice
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A National Parenting Publications Award Honor Book
A BookPage Best Children's Book
An ABC New Voices Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Recording
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   When his best friend Rat goes away for a month on his ...
Paperboy takes place in Memphis in 1959 and is told by Little Man, an 11 year old who is the hardest hitter on his team and has a debilitating stutter. When his best friend Little Man goes away on his cousin's farm for a month, Rat takes over his paper route. This is a different kind of book coming of age, and over the month he finds out more about the adult world and himself. One of the joys of reading fiction is finding a story with a unique voice, and I really like when a book for young readers doesn 't talk to them. The ending is nice without tying everything into a satisfying package. Little Man has grown up, but there are still mysteries to unravel. It is a great read.
   Newbery Honor book a delightful read
The first book to make a feature of the fact that it was typed in Armenian and Mehitabel and written by a cockroach who could work the typewriter keys. Paperboy is described by an eleven-year-old with a bad stammer who is heavily commas-negative and needs to type in order to make sense of the things that happen to him. It is located in Memphis in the summer of 1959, when the unnamed paperboy takes over the paper round for his best friend, Art. It is slower-traveling, well observed and wise. A shapely first book by an experienced writer, Vince Vawter, had a long career as a journalist before he wrote Paperboy, a journalist who finished all too soon. A splendid read, suitable for independent readers of 8 or higher.
   Great Read for Coming of Age Boys and Their Grandmothers!
The author, a former newspaper editor, had his first book published just. It is a book by a young boy about a terrible problem with stuttering. My husband was a paperboy and as a child stuttered so that I could identify with this young man's problems. The book is set in the 50s or 60s and has a really spellbinding threads throughout. It is well written and keeps the attention as it goes from thread to thread on issues that a young boy encountered when he arrived in his teen years. I was very pleased with the writing, the story line and the interest it had for me, an adult grandmother!
   A Good Read for Youth and Adults
In this short, appealing story, an eleven-year-old boy takes the paper route for a friend who is away in Memphis, Tennessee, for a month in the summer of 1959. The boy, nicknamed “ Little Man ” finds many aspects of the job difficult because he is handicapped by his stuttering. He can not talk to his customers or his fellow paperboys without embarrassment and sometimes ridicule. His African American housekeeper protects him and urges him forward with problems of his own. Two of his customers, the younger scholar and the drunken, lonely housewife, are likewise part of his development. I would like to see this book in middle schools, because the writer, a journalist, has an eye for detail and captures both the struggles of growing up and hidden problems of adults.
   Bullying in the Neighborhood
I have not yet read this award winning book for middle schoolers, but I appreciate the quick delivery and the perfect condition of the book. I am always on the lookout for real school books with middle life issues to offer for reading time.
This was a delightful book, excellent for young readers of middle school age and up, story of a young man tackling his first real job, I enjoyed it very much.
   Innocent boy in a messy adult world
Paperboy explores the world of children, adults and society through the eyes of an innocent eleven-year-old boy. Little Man stutters so badly that he can communicate verbally and so his thoughts, more than his conversations or actions, are the focus of this story. Plenty happens in the book, and much of what happens is disturbing, though young readers may not fully grasp it the way adults would. Little Man sees things that no child should see, but also things that make him want to stretch out and lean into his future. The book made me remember people and events from my own childhood, when I accepted whatever the neighborhood adults seemed to be doing, which I later discovered were silly or cruel or occasionally wise. Kids see and remember without always understanding. Little Man is believable and likable, and through his unjaded eyes, Paperboy tackles important ethical questions.
A beautiful, easy read, this book is as much about stuttering a boy gaining confidence as it is about mid-century Memphis and segregated society.
   Missing Pages!!
I bought this book back in December 2017 and am just reading it now. I enjoy this book, but when I got to Page 136, it is missing pages 137-168!!!!! Of course, the return window is closed and now I am stuck with an incomplete book! I would rate this book higher if I had the middle part of this book!
   An 11 year old boy, who has a stutter, takes over as a sub paperbpoy for his friend.
As Little Man begins his subbing, he is curious about how his stuttering, which significantly inhibits his speech, will be received when he collects his subscription money each week. He finds a true friend who inspires him, a woman who has a difficult life and likes to talk to him, and a dirty junkie of ill repute. This one month story is charming, shows how his family life is influenced and is a life changing venture. As I finished reading, I wanted to continue his story.