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For fans of To Kill a MockingbirdThe King’s Speech, and The Help. A boy who stutters comes-of-age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life.

An eleven-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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] tense, memorable story.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The well-crafted characters, the hot southern summer, and the coming-of-age events are reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird… This paper boy is a fighter and his hope fortifies and satisfies in equal measure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An unforgettable boy and his unforgettable story. I loved it.”

    Rob Buyea, author of Because of Mr. Terupt and Mr. Terupt Falls Again

  • Paperboy offers a penetrating look at both the mystery and the daily frustrations of stuttering. People of all ages will appreciate this positive and universal story as I did, but it will be particularly meaningful to anyone who has ever struggled with stuttering.”

    Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation of America

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 2014 ALA Notable Book
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book for Children
  • A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book in Fiction
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About the Author

Vince Vawter is the author of Paperboy. A native of Memphis, he retired after a forty-year career in newspapers, most recently as the president and publisher of the Evansville Courier & Press in Indiana.