Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Since yesterday morning, I have been listening to the audiobook of Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman because I'll be joining Bill Clarke's class at Blackstone Academy on Monday to begin a series of discussions about the book. Last year when we discussed another book, I brought in the audiobook and it was a great way to get the class interested in the book so we decided to try that approach again.

Back to Stuck in Neutral, this book is told from the point of view of Shawn McDaniel, a 14 year old boy who has cerebral palsy which means he can't walk, talk, or communicate in any way. But we're let into his mind as he tells the story because he can hear what is being said and remember it all in vivid detail.

It's a book that is sure to give us LOTS to discuss, I predict.

As for other books by Terry Trueman, last year I picked up an advance copy of No Right Turn which was a very different story than this one. In that book the main character is a high school student dealing with his dad's suicide and the man his mom begins dating who owns a beautiful car that he covets.

Lots of students, especially boys like Trueman's books so I would definitely suggest giving them a try if you're looking for something to read.