By Vince Vawter
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Younger Teens
If I were to judge this book by the cover, I would think BORING. It’s a good thing I didn’t because the story was anything but boring! Lesson learned. Who knew that paper routes could be so dangerous? The characters were vivid and endearing. I really wanted the paperboy to succeed in getting the better of his stutter and I loved his housekeeper. She was super strong and I admired her.
Overall, the story had an air of mystery and I kept trying to figure everything out. I’d recommend it to anyone.
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.