For fans of To Kill a Mockingbird, The King's Speech, and The Help. A boy who stutters comes of age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life.
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 much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything.
The paper route poses challenges, but it's a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble - and puts the boy's life, as well as that of his family's devoted housekeeper, in danger.
"[A] compelling first-person narrative." (The Washington Post)
"Lincoln Hoppe's narration is pure perfection.... [he] brings out Little Man's endearing vulnerability and portrays the stutter with a tender ease and grace that will make listeners feel empathy and hope for the boy.... The afterword is read by author, and stutterer, Vince Vawter, making this an extraordinary listening and learning experience." (AudioFile)
"In a compelling climax, he, still stuttering, proudly announces his real name; the moment is as eloquent as his story." (The Horn Book)
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Great book my favorite!
Not for my Elementary students
The absence of the word bitch.
I was listening to this book as a possible buy for my school library. It may be a good book but it isn't write for my school's population.
- Sharon Amolo