New York : Delacorte, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
It was just going to
be for a month. He was just helping out a
friend. But taking over paper delivery duties in
July 1959 turns into a life lesson for one young
boy. The job is harder than he thought. The
Memphis heat is almost unbearable. But he enjoys
the opportunity to practice his throwing skills.
His biggest concern is the Friday collections. He
has a severe stutter and is very nervous about having to
talk to strangers. But that is not all he
encounters that summer. Along the way, he meets
Mr. Spiro who loves to read; Mrs. Worthington who may be
hiding some things; and a young boy who just stares at
the television all day. All of the people he meets
during the summer lead him to understand his own world
just a bit better.
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 worries about being
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.
|SUBJECTS: Stuttering -- Fiction.
Newspaper carriers -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Self-esteem -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Family life -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Memphis (Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.