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Copyboy

(Paperboy #2)

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In the sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning novel Paperboy, Victor Vollmer sets off to fulfill a final request of Mr. Spiro, the aging neighbor who became his friend and mentor. Now a few years older and working as a newspaper copyboy, Victor plans to spread Mr. Spiro’s ashes at the mouth of the Mississippi River as the former merchant marine wished. But the journey will ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Capstone Editions
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Alex  Baugh
I was very excited to see that Vince Vawter had written a sequel to his book Paperboy. Victor Vollmer was such an endearing character and I've often thought about him since reading that book.

Now, six years have passed since the then 11-year-old Vic met Mr. Spiro while temporarily taking over his friend Rat's newspaper route for a month. Back then, the very well read and very well traveled Mr. Spiro became a true friend to Vic, patiently helping him understand the world a little better and
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Valerie McEnroe
When I first started reading this book, I didn't think I was going to like it as much as Paperboy. Sequels usually bother me with all the interference from the first book as authors try to get new readers up to speed. Vic's wonderful mentor, Mr. Spiro, has died, and I was doubtful that Vawter would be able to write a sequel without him. As it turns out, that's exactly what this book needed. Vic is able to take all the advice he learned from Mr. Spiro in Paperboy and apply it to his life, just ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Spiro has died. His last request to Victor Vollmer, now almost 18, is to spread his ashes where the Mississippi river meets the Gulf of Mexico. Against his parents wishes, Victor heads out in his sports car to New Orleans and regions south. He ends up making new friends, nearly dies, races a hurricane, and comes of age.

I had forgotten how much I loved this character from Paperboy, until meeting him again in this novel. Mr. Vawter never expected to write the sequel, but was inspired by
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Maria Antonia
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Note: This book almost defies categories. My library shelves it with the middle-grade books... even though Victor is seventeen (almost eighteen) and is getting ready for college. Is it really Lower YA??? Not sure. I guess I'll go with my library and claim it as MG.

Basic Plot:The sequel to Paperboy... Picking up the story when Victor is seventeen years old. And he's on a mission to fulfill a promise to his mentor, Mr. Spiro. That means taking a trip down to the mouth of the Mississippi River...
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Owen Burge
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vince Vawter, the author of CopyBoy, wrote probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. CopyBoy is a fictional and sometimes humorous book. Vince tends to catch the reader off guard in CopyBoy. From a 17 year old kid driving his dream sports car, to that same person having a stutter. It amazes me how much detail is into this book.

Vawter starts CopyBoy off with Vic Vollmer being our main character walking out of the paper office. He heads home sad because he just learned that his best friend,
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Barbara
I was surprised that the author had written a sequel to Paperboy, but I enjoyed reading about Victor Vollmer's life six years after the first book concluded. He's working as a copyboy at the Memphis newspaper. He takes a leave from his job in order to fulfill a promise he made to Mr. Spiro, his mentor and the man who nurtured his love for writing. Although his parents aren't supportive of his plans to head to New Orleans and then into the Gulf of Mexico to spread Mr. Spiro's ashes, Victor goes ...more
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Copyboy (Paperboy #2) by Vince Vawter, 240 pages. Capstone, 2018. $16.

Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

In this sequel to Paperboy, Vic has graduated from high school, works as a copyboy for the newspaper, and will be starting college in the fall. Mr. Spiro has recently died, leaving instructions for Vic to bury his ashes at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Fulfilling this promise is very important to Vic, so he sets off
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Mesa Library
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Look not so much to the destination, Messenger, but always to the journey." –Constantine Spiro

17-year-old Victor Vollmer is introspective, meticulous, and overflowing with curiosity, and viewing the world through his guileless eyes is a delight. Victor’s friend and confidante, Constantine Spiro, has just died when the book begins, and one of his final acts is to give Victor a quest, sending him to New Orleans to experience the world on his own for the first time. This journey turns out to be
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Kim
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Victor Vollmer transpired when I picked up the book PAPERBOY. It was 1959, Memphis, Tennessee, Victor was eleven, a star baseball player, but bedeviled with a bad stutter. When he took over his friend’s paper route he met several interesting people, but it was Mr. Spiro, a former merchant marine, who became a mentor and friend.

COPYBOY - Six years have passed, Victor is seventeen, still stuttering, still playing baseball and planning to attend college in the fall. He has taken
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Dewey
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Look not so much to the destination, Messenger, but always to the journey."

I love Victor and his introspection, meticulousness, and curiosity. Mr. Spiro was one of my favorite characters in Paperboy, so I was sad when I started reading and realized he had just died (yeah, I don't read the summary on the dust jacket, I brought that one on myself). Of course, though, one of Mr. Spiro's final acts is to give Victor a quest, sending him to New Orleans to experience the world on his own for the
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Amy Large
I loved this book almost as much as Paperboy. Although I suppose these two wonderfully wise stories are aimed at a slightly younger demographic than my "retirees" book club, we have all enjoyed both of Vawter's books. We live in the same part of East Tennessee that he lives in, and (lucky us!) he and his wife are coming to our book club meeting next week to chat with us about his novels.

The main character of both stories, Vic, is patterned after Vince's own life (minus some of the details).
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Judy
Copyboy is hands-down my favorite young adult novel of 2018! The characters are well-developed and likeable. Victor's trip to fulfill his friend's last request is fascinating. Mr. Vawter's teenage dialogue and emotions are spot on. I felt like I was on the trip with Victor. Copyboy is a book that should be in every middle and high school library. It would a great read aloud or small group discussion selection, and I plan to recommend it for my adult book discussion group. As soon as I finished ...more
Adler
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: copyboy
This book is the second book of the series Paperboy, However this new book is called Copyboy. Although I personally like the first book more this one was just as enjoyable. This book is about a young boy who goes by Victor Vaster. Victor isn't like any other boy, he has a speaking disability which as caused him many struggles. Its difficult for him to pronounce several words. he took the job this summer as a copyboy, making copies of the newspapers. With Secrets, Lies, Broken Friendships Victor ...more
F.T. Bradley
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year--truly an undiscovered gem.

The story continues where Paperboy left off, and I'll admit that I went back and read that one first. Where Paperboy is a beautiful middle-grade, Paperboy is a great YA. We follow Victor as he's about to go off to college when his mentor Mr. Spiro passes away and asks Victor to spread his ashes.

The journey takes Victor to the Gulf Coast; the author reflects the culture there so well. I loved how this was a
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Barbara
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copyboy and Paperboy are both excellent historical fiction books by Vince Vawter, set in the South during the 1960’s. Young Victor begins as a substitute paperboy in Memphis, and learns many life lessons in the Newbery award Paperboy. He continues his love of the newspaper business at age seventeen in Copyboy, and has become slightly more rebellious. Victor still stutters, but he seems wise beyond his years as he learns to honor his promises. Speckled with historical tidbits, my favorites ...more
Judy
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
COPYBOY IS ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE BOOKS.
It is a stand-alone book. You do not have to read Paperboy to fully understand and read Copyboy.
It is an easy read. This author is an excellent writer. I read this book very quickly.
This is a fun book, but also offers deep meanings. I laughed out loud, and cried at times. Such a terrific read.
I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL TEENS AND ADULTS. I plan to purchase some copies and give them out to friends.
I think about Copyboy often, and when a book does
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Deb Holloway
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This equally wonderful sequel picks up when Vic, the paperboy who stutters, is an older teen who has graduated and works part time as a copyboy for the city newspaper. While there, Vic decides the only way to keep an important promise to a friend he made on the paper route is to go to New Orleans. While there, he meets another cast of great characters, his new friends, and runs headlong into a truly big story, a hurricane!
Sarah
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot begin to imagine the daunting task of writing a sequel to a Newbery Honor-winning book, especially with a gap of several years' time. I thoroughly enjoyed being reunited with Vic and following his life-changing journey, although it would work as a stand-alone read, too. I am not certain if it will be marketed/targeted for a YA audience, but I think middle grade readers will enjoy and have great discussion after reading.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Victor, the likable protagonist of the Newbery Honor book Paperboy (2013), has grown up a lot since first learning critical life lessons from ever-so-wise Mr. Spiro.Now Mr. Spiro is gone, but he's left 17-year-old Victor with one last enlightening mission: to scatter his ashes at the very mouth of the Mississippi River. [from Kirkus Reviews]
Allison
I don't always love a sequel as much as the original, but I do love this one.

I sure hope Vince Vawter has another book in him, especially one about Victor and Philomene.

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Marilyn
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A well written, different type of coming of age story with well drafted characters, settings I could see, and a mostly believable adventure. Most of all, I really liked Victor and Phil and the strong cast of supporting characters.
Beth
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to read this book, which is very unusual for me. I enjoyed it and wanted to read it, but kept walking away. I will recommend it to my students who read Paperboy if they want to know what happens next.
Tamsyn
Loved this sequel to Paperboy. What a wonderful new cast of characters and a fitting tribute to Mr, Spiro, as Victor travels from Memphis to New Orleans and down to the Gulf of Mexico to send his ashes on their way. Wonderful journey!
Cristi Schwamb
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than Paperboy
Ally Goodwin
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tweens-jya, ya, hx-fic
I think i loved this one even more than the previous one. Quiet, warm hearted coming of age story. Really love the character of Vic
Kimberly
2.5 stars. While I really enjoyed the first book, this one was more of a well, that was okay. And moving on... couldn’t quite find myself as invested in the characters.
Anne Bezek
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read "Paperboy" first !
Addy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a cool book.
Noah H
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book. But I think you should read "Paperboy" first.
Lisa
Vince Vawter can write.
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Vince Vawter is the author of PAPERBOY, a 2014 Newbery Honor book, and COPYBOY, a sequel published Aug. 1, 2018. He lives with his wife near the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee on a small farm. Vawter spent 40 years in the newspaper business before retiring to write books.

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