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Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
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Aug 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-own, 2008, young-adult-literature, books-ive-taught, multiple-reads
Read in August, 2008

This book was an amazing story told through the perspective of a boy with cerebral palsy. He has absolutely no control over his muscles (not even his eyes), so everyone thinks he is both physically and mentally retarded. Because he is unable to respond to them in any way, they don't realize that he is a witty and intelligent boy. Throughout the story, he tells of his experiences and interactions with people and of his fear that his father is planning to kill him. I read this book in just three hours. It's an easy read but one that is powerfully moving and thought provoking.

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message 1: by Carrie (new)

Carrie I read this book for a class 2 summers ago. I thought it was so good! Like you said...thought provoking.

Leslie I have a class of all 9th grade repeaters this semester, so I was looking for something to give them that might be high interest for them and still bearable for me to read. :) Hopefully this will be that book.

message 3: by Carrie (new)

Carrie All repeaters...ouch! Do you use much non-fiction? A handful of my "reluctant readers" actually admitted to liking "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance." And I was fascinated by it. :)

message 4: by Brent (new)

Brent I saw a documentary on Shackleton's story... amazing, brutal, fascinating...

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