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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 Helle Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. All they can see is his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don’t see is his brain, with perfect auditory memory; his heart, which is in love with a girl; and his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there’s much more to him than his appearance. But 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Caroline | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent sequel! Very moving story! "

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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.