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Stuck in Neutral
Stuck in Neutral
Author: Terry Trueman
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.
ISBN-13: 9780439399944
ISBN-10: 0439399947
Publication Date: 10/9/2002
Pages: 114
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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We read this book a few months ago in our high school book discussion group, of which I am the advisor. Most all of the students loved this book, and it made for a lively discussion. In a nutshell, the main character is literally "stuck in neutral" and cannot voluntarily move, speak or communicate in any way. But, the cool thing is that his mind is perfectly normal, and he is really quite bright, as he says. Unfortunatly, no one knows it. So the story is told through his eyes, and includes his thoughts and feelings about day to day happenings, as well as his worries about never dating a girl, or wondering if his dad is trying to "put him out of his misery." One of the things I enjoyed, is that, when Sean has seizures, his mind tends to let him "float" out of his body, and he sees himself almost in a dream as being normal. It is really sort of beautiful. I always recommend this book to students who ask me if I know of a good, short book to read. :0)
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