"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

08 July 2014


Vawter, Vince. Paperboy. Delacorte BFYR, 2013.

Victor has a stutter, so he's used to people not taking him seriously. He's excited about taking his friend's paper route for him for a month in the summer, but he's nervous about collecting the money at the end of each week. Throughout his route, he ends up meeting a cast of very interesting characters.

This book is fairly slow-moving, so it might be difficult to convince kids to read it, but it would make a great class book or read-aloud book. I listened to it as an audio book during my commute each day and the audio book does a great job at portraying Victor and his stutter without making fun of him. This book also tackles some difficult issues: racism, a kid who is deaf/mute, a woman who is an alcoholic, etc.

Recommended for: tweens, middle grade, classes
Red Flags: alcohol use (by adults), some bullying
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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