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Stuck in Neutral

Trueman, Terry (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Trueman, Terry
Title: Stuck in neutral
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2012
Edition: Rev. pbk. ed
Characteristics: 112, 18 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Terry Trueman
Notes: Includes an Extras section (18 p.)
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2001
ISBN: 0064472132
9780064472135
Branch Call Number: y TRUEMAN 2012
Subject Headings: Euthanasia Juvenile fiction People with disabilities Juvenile fiction Cerebral palsy Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Euthanasia
People with disabilities
Cerebral palsy
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An emotionally intense novel about fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, as he relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.


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I had to read this book for my English class this year and I have to say, it was the best one I was forced to read this year. There are defiantly some PG-13 scenes and dialogue in there but overall it was an okay book. This book showed me a new side to people with disabilities and that they don't always seem as they appear and you don't know the person on the inside. Now some people see what this book is about and think "oh that is depressing." and when I first started reading it I felt the same way. and even though it has some heavy stuff it is not a complete downer. I am glad that I read this book because it taught me to not judge a book by its cover. in more ways than one

Jan 24, 2013
  • euclid13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book if you are feeling sorry for yourself. There is a sequel to this, "Life Happens Next". Then the book, "Cruise Control", is from the point of view of Shawn's brother.

Jul 13, 2012
  • kesha1123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a disturbing read about the complexities of living with a severely disabled person. The father struggles with the symptoms and seizures his son, Shawn - the main character, suffers from due to Cerebral Palsy. His father wins awards and receives a handsome salary for his writings and projects related to Shawn's difficulties. You would think his father would take a decent portion of his earnings (that he profited off of his son's illness) and place Shawn into an adequate facility that specializes in helping the severely handicapped instead of what he contemplates as the only other alternative. He already abandoned the family and although the remaining members love Shawn, it's obvious he is burdensome to them all. They should adopt the mantra out of sight, out of mind.

Trueman's take on Shawn's understandings and descriptions are the best part of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed Paul's reaction to protect his brother when the two goons threaten his safety. Overall this book contains emotional content that aches to think about, but it is well written.

Feb 05, 2012
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A recommendation for the grade 6/7/8 crowd.

A short piece that deals with problems faced by a boy suffering cerebral palsy. I think this is perfect for a short read that provides a quasi-unique view of life from a character that nobody understands (cliché, I know).

All things considered, it still is a pretty unique and fast-paced piece for the younger crowd there, in terms of YA fiction.

Aug 26, 2011
  • Drpepper4ever rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This novel is like the sister novel of "Cruise Control", except instead of the story told in the perspective of Paul, this is told from Shawn's point of view.
To be completely honest, I enjoyed "Cruise Control" more. Maybe because I could relate to it more, and I had a lot of questions in this one in regards to the narration.
This wasn't my favorite of the two, but still worth a read. I still enjoyed it, don't get me wrong. For some reason, to me it didn't have the same emotional impact that its sister novel did. I thought the conclusion was very well done, along with any other parts involving the father.
It's interesting, because some of the same events happen in "Cruise Control", but it's so cool hearing it from another perspective. Very, very neat.

This story is really sad because the boy named Shawn can't move because he had a accident that made his body frozen he could think but, the problem is that no one knows that he can think.His dad is always thinking of killing him because he thinks that his son is sad!The doctor's opinion is that the boy named Shawn is dumb!He remembers everything especially what happened in his life.Not only he has suffer but, his dad has suffer too because his son can't move!:0

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Feb 05, 2012
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