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Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
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Jul 17, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

Wow, I did not expect this book to impact me the way it did. That was until I found myself bawling in the last chapter. This story was told in first-person by Shawn, a teen with c.p. (cerebral palsy). At first I didn't really identify with Shawn, but as the story continued, I was impressed with the positive, surprisely-normal outlook he had on life. I was pulling for Shawn so badly and felt so helpless that I couldn't make him move or talk or anything! Trust me... don't give up on this book until the last chapter.

I'm not sure what I would do with this book in the classroom. I can see so many students reacting the way I did at the end of book, but I think they might disengage during the middle (that hurdle can be overcome though). It would be interesting to incorporate Shawn's poem in some way when teaching the book. It would be interesting to present Shawn's poem (by his dad) and then challenge students to make changes, or create a response to, from Shawn's perspective.

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