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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,375 ratings  ·  961 reviews
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, including a housewife who drinks too ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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I will preface my review with the fact that the author is my first cousin. As the story is semi-autobiographical, it was a real eye-opener to me to read of the struggles that he went through with his stuttering. He was just one of my cousins, who just happened to stutter. We treated him the same as all of our cousins. He was the oldest of the cousins, so he was basically the leader of our family pack. That being said, I loved the book. The story takes place during our childhood, which was in the ...more
Barb Middleton
Writing for me is like stuttering for Victor.Most of the timeI feel lonely and isolated and I'm trying every trick I can to spit out the right words. And I mean spit. The words splatter, sputter, and stutter in a nonsensical way all over the page. The random mishmash starts to take shape after multiple rewrites that usually leaves me frustrated, vulnerable, and exhausted when finished. Writing is difficult for me because it requires focus and my ADHD tendencies get in the way. Exercise is the be ...more
I was a little skeptical going into this book. It seems that the new "hit" genre in kid-lit is writing the main character with a disability. The first book I read from this trend is Wonder. Then I read Out of My Mind now Paperboy and Counting by 7's is on my to-read list. Some of these books have been great, all of them have gotten high praise and great reviews. I think one of my biggest complaints with these books (not just disability books) but any book that seems to jump on the bandwagon is t ...more
Colby Sharp
Wow! Excited that Vince is going to be on Nerdy Book Club in May. This book really opened my eyes to the life of a child that stutters.
Saw this at the library. My dad was a paperboy when he was a kid, and I have fond memories of his stories about peddling papers, so I picked it up and cracked it open. The flap said that the paperboy of the title was a stutterer. My uncle stuttered like hell, all his life. My dad sometimes does, even now. 3 seconds in, I knew I couldn't not read this book.

Our hero (who can't really say his own name but he can say his nickname, Little Man) is not A Kid With A Stammer. He's a kid who plays baseba
The Reading Countess
Beautifully written by a first-time author/retired newspaper man who stutters, Vince Vawter knows much about what he writes. You see, he grew up in the segregated South (Memphis, specifically). A lover of words, much like "Little Man", the main character (loved the photo of Vawter at the end of the book with his prized typewriter), the ebb and flow of the written word both confound as well as delight them both.

As a Language Arts teacher, I especially liked the literary and logophile references
This book was a chore to get through. I would have quit after a dozen pages of it hadn't of picked up an honor. Will someone please explaining to me the elements of the writing that they find distinguished. Very GCF.
Richard Ward
Mar 30, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older kids and adults.
Historical fiction for kids, set in Memphis in 1959. When the neighborhood paperboy goes away to visit family for a month, his best friend handles his route for him, giving us a substitute paperboy to be our hero. About The Author at the end of the book tells us that this has all been memoir as much as fiction. It's not about the paper route so much, of course. (Don't expect an updated version of Beverly Cleary's very good Henry And The Paper Route.) Instead the book is about:
1. A boy of 11 wit
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This is a coming of age story that takes place in Memphis in the sixties. The book opens with the main character telling us about himself and his life as a stutterer. Speaking is, at best, a chore, and sometimes all but impossible. Because of his speech problems, few people can - or bother to - understand him. One such person is "Mam", the black maid who came to live with the family when he was five, and the other is his best friend "Rat".
But the big challenge comes during t
Do you remember Darth Vadar – specifically the voice of Darth Vadar? Here is a link to a video some of his best quotes. The man behind the voice is James Earl Jones and what you may not know is that he barely spoke for eight years. His stuttering problem was so severe that he chose not to talk, rather than deal with the hardships of stuttering. The book Paperboy is set in Memphis in 1959, and 11 year old Victor, has a similar problem to James Earl Jones.
Once I started Paperboy, I couldn’t put it
Paperboy had me at hello. I loved, loved, loved, loved, REALLY LOVED this one. Yes, I'm going to gush about how wonderful and just-right this one is.

Paperboy is set in Memphis, Tennessee, in July of 1959. The narrator is a young boy (11, I think?) who stutters. He doesn't want stuttering to define him. He doesn't think that's fair. He is good at many, many things, like baseball. He is GREAT at baseball. He is good at typing, at writing. He loves words. But his stutter keeps him from loving spea
Anna Olswanger
Paperboy is the story of a boy with a debilitating stutter forced to find ways to communicate—against a backdrop of racial bigotry in the summer of 1959 in Memphis. When the 13-year-old stutterer, who can't say his own name, takes over his best friend's newspaper route for a month, he encounters a fleet of life-spinning characters: an alcoholic housewife who attempts to seduce him, a junkman who steals from him, and a kindly Merchant Marine who seems to have all the answers to the boy's unendin ...more
Stephanie Shouldis
I have read many great books this year, but this is the first book where I wished I could give it more than five stars. Vince Vawter says this book is "more memoir than fiction". I still have chills thinking about the challenges the main character was faced to overcome, all because of a stutter. The choice of words Vince Vawter used, within this story, gives me hope for the world around us.
I am so so glad that his book hit the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS list for Wisconsin or I may not have heard about it. I listened to the audio read by Lincoln Hoppe and his performance was stellar. I did not want this book to end. While gentle in its approach, it was captivating and thought provoking. Even when probing issues such as race and violence, there was an underlying note of sensitivity and pragmatism that left me (the reader) hopeful and contented.
The book is a coming of age story about a boy
Shawn Humphrey
Some of the charm of Paperboy might be lost on kids today. Collections on a paper route, or even a paper route in general but hopefully the message isn't missed. Vince Vawter adds some real life experiences into his book about Victor, the fill in paperboy with a speech impediment and how he deals with it. Racism, bullying, domestic violence and alcoholism are a few things explored in Paperboy. But my favorite is the mentor who helps Victor see through his problems. A cooler than cool nanny adds ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Jaime rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jaime by: Todd Fife
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I absolutely loved this book. It has a To Kill A Mockingbird feel, without being a ripoff. It's genuine and beautiful. I guessed early on that it's based on the author's own childhood. When the paperboy was talking about his name and not being able to say it, it clued me in. I like knowing that it was his own heart that he was pouring out for the readers. I would have voted for this to get the Newberry and not just an Honor book. It's that good.
Do I love this book because I grew up in the same time period, because I was a speech pathologist, because I am familiar with the deadly hot summer days of Memphis, or because I admire the gentle souls of the characters who shaped the life of an 11 year old boy learning to be an adult? Hard to say, but Little Man tells his story flawlessly.
Jenny Christen

Ask students: Have you ever had something been thrown a "curveball" in life? (Explain a "curveball" for those who don't know what this is). What was that like? What things were hard for you during that time and how did you deal with it? This is the story of a boy who had to deal with a curveball of his own when he takes over a paper route for his best friend during the summer. He really isn't looking forward to interacting with his paper route customers and he runs into some trouble with
Paperboy by Vince Vawter tells of an 11 year old boy who takes over his best friend's newspapr route in July, 1959, in Memphis, and how his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

While throwing papers is easy for a terrific pitcher, Victor worries about communicating with customers while collecting the weekly payment because of his terrible stuttering problem. Victor can't say a sentence or even his own name without stuttering. He really loves words, but just can't say them easily. Whi
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I thought this was generally a well-told story. The sense of suspense, especially with the foreshadowing about the yellow-handled knife, made the book almost too difficult to listen to, since I had no control over the pacing of the book. Depending on how much of a sadist you are, I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a read aloud. I do wish that I had offered to my class as an option for historical fiction since it had a very good feel for the time with lots of details subtly in the background of the ...more
This book felt very real, which is understandable when you read in the author's note that it is "more memoir than fiction." It puts you right in the head of the 11-year-old substitute paperboy who is trying to deal with his stuttering problem while talking to strangers, and adults at that, as he collects the paper money.

This reminded me a little of Wonder. I think they are both great books for kids (and adults!) to read to help them see and understand the world from someone's point of view who
The first person narrative of a young boy with a stuttering problem who takes over his best friend's paper route for a month is filled quirky characters, wonderful incites, and some adventure. The boy, who is unnamed until the end of the book, takes on the challenge of the paper route because he figures he can practice his pitching by throwing the papers. His fear is having to knock on doors to collect the weekly payments from strangers. However, it is through those strangers that we learn about ...more
Drew Simoneau
This book only took me a day too read it! I loved it. This is a re-read for me. The last time I have read this book was in xmas of 2014! So, basically last year. I loved this book! I finish 5 books this weekend!(:
The book "Paperboy" by Vince Vawter was a book that was pretty interesting at the beginning and end of the book. It slowed down a lot in the middle of the book, which is the main reason I gave it a 3/5. If it had the intensity of the beginning and end, I would have given it a 4 or 5. I read the first 100 pages very quickly, but then it took me about a week to finish the middle part. After the pace of the book sped up, I finished the book very quickly, because there was so much acton that left me ...more
Kayla Strand
I really liked how this book was written, in the eyes of a young boy who is typing on a typewriter because he stutters when he talks. It shows the characters true personality throughout the book, while getting a look into his inner thoughts. The main points of the book are this young boy has a stutter and takes on this paper route that his friend has while he is at his grandpa's for the summer. While being the paperboy he sees many things that he probably shouldn't and makes new friends that he ...more
I really loved Paperboy! It was such an amazing book and really opened my eyes about the struggles people with stutters have to go through everyday. I have to say my favorite character by far was Mam. She is always there for little man and never gives up on him. Although she shows empathy for him, she never lets him take the easy way out which I think really helps Little Man gain confidence and improve his speech. I think this helps Little Man gain enough confidence to go on the paper route too. ...more
Seojin P
This book is about an eleven year old boy named Little Man. He stutters every time he speaks, but he is extremely talented in throwing. He has a friend named Art, but he calls him Rat, because he cannot pronounce the A well. One day, Rat gets hit by the baseball Little Man threw, busting his lip. So to pay for this accident, Little Man takes over Rat's paper route when Rat goes to his grandparents'. While doing his paper route, he meets Mr. Spiro, who becomes Little Man's friend and teaches him. ...more

Paperboy, by Vince Vawter, is a story about an eleven year-old boy named, “Little man” who has a speech impairment called stuttering. The story takes place in the late 1950’s and is about his journey filling in for his friends paper route and the adventures in which take place. To me the story to me started out way too “cold” and slow and didn’t really start to pick up it’s pace more than halfway through the book. This to me ultimately turned me off as a reader as i was quite bored reading throu
Margaret Henderson
Although I enjoyed this novel, I do not think that it is written for children. Victor is a young boy with a stuttering problem. Throughout the novel he has to overcome a series obstacles and he does this by getting close to two older characters Mr. Spiro and Mrs. Worthington. I loved his relationship with Mr. Spiro. Mr. Spiro could get the boy to come out of his and he is one of the few people that the boy can actually have a conversation with. Mrs. Worthington is a strikingly beautiful woman th ...more
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Retired after 40 years in newspapers. Live on a small farm in Tennessee with my wife and two dogs. Debut novel, PAPERBOY, will be published May 2013 by Random House. Lived 65 years to discover that you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. Thank you, Mick Jagger.
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