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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Trueman Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780062221810
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Stuck in Neutral, a Printz Honor Book, introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. But what happens next?

Shawn's got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue. That's because they can see only his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don't see? His brain, with perfect auditory memory. And his heart, which is in love with a girl. And his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there's way more to him than his appearance.

How do you connect with others when you can't talk, walk, or even wave hello? In the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, which ALA Booklist called "an intense reading experience," Shawn McDaniel discovers a new definition of "normal" and finds that life happens next for everyone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trueman’s nonsympathetic first-person narrative is based upon his experiences with his own son’s cerebral palsy, imagining what it would be like to be a genius trapped in an uncooperative body. There is no action, no gore, and no vampires, but this short tale may just sensitize teens to those around them who are physically challenged.”


  • “Trueman skates the edge of fantasy as he puts readers’ hearts through a workout in this sequel to Stuck in Neutral…Inspired by real members of the author’s family, Debi and Shawn are characters whose conditions are portrayed with credible accuracy—but who also display enough self-awareness, emotional range, and human insight to lift them well past any sort of typecasting.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tweller83 | 1/20/2014

    " Stuck in Neutral was one of the best books I've ever read so i was excited about a sequel. While this was good, i'm not sure i felt the same power from this book as the last. Still great and i would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 1/12/2014

    " Trueman writes interesting stories that capture the attention of reluctant teen readers, especially guys. I have truly enjoyed this series of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Lavallee | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book because Shawn was a big inspiration to really try and see life from a person with C.P. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent sequel! Very moving story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly King | 12/7/2013

    " A companion to "Stuck in Neutral" and "Cruise Control." Great quick read and engaging enough for reluctant readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge Shaffer | 11/4/2013

    " While this is a sequel, I think it stands alone well. Shawn sees reasons to enjoy life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 6burrier_kyle | 10/10/2013

    " This book is good understanding of a life of disabilities. Terry makes you feel like you are in the book. He makes you feel like the kid with the disability making you feel bad and want to do something but can't. Overall its a good book about a kid who cannot do anything without an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 5/13/2013

    " I really like this sequel to Stuck in Neutral. The characters showed growth and once again, Terry Trueman has me looking at the world in a different way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/13/2013

    " I thought it was a very good addition to the series, Stuck in Neutral. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan P | 1/1/2013

    " This was just OK. Definitely a strong portrayal of someone with a profound disability, but there isn't much happening. Shawn is in there, but no one will ever know. Because of his limitations, the book is all introspection and not much action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricki | 12/1/2012

    " This is an excellent sequel to Stuck in Neutral. I was glad to hear Shawn's voice again. His life has changed as he has fallen in love and the family takes in his mother's cousin, who has Down Syndrome. "

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About the Author

Terry Trueman grew up in the northern suburbs of Seattle. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his BA in creative writing. He also holds an MS in applied psychology and an MFA in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. His novel Stuck in Neutral was a Printz Honor Book, an ALA Best Fiction pick for young adults, an Booklist Editors’ Choice, and a winner of the Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award, among other honors.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.