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Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle--except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining and whose story is unforgettable.

My life is like one of those "good news-bad news" jokes. Like, "I've got some good news and some bad news--which do you want first?"

I could go on about my good news for hours, but you probably want to hear the punch line, my bad news, right? Well, there isn't that much, really, but what's here is pretty wild. First off, my parents got divorced ten years ago because of me. My being born changed everything for all of us, in every way. My dad didn't divorce my mom, or my sister, Cindy, or my brother, Paul--he divorced me. He couldn't handle my condition, so he had to leave. My condition? Well, that brings us to the guts of my bad news.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), and 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

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Shawn McDaniel's life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he can't even move his eyes. For all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.

To the world, Shawn's senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.

This edition features an Extras section, giving readers even more insight into Shawn's life, and includes a Q&A with Terry Trueman, as well as a sneak peek at the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, Life Happens Next.

Synopsis:

Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle--except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining and whose story is unforgettable.

My life is like one of those good news-bad news jokes. Like, I've got some good news and some bad news--which do you want first? Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), and 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

About the Author

Terry Trueman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. The father of two sons, Henry Sheehan and Jess, Terry Trueman makes his home in Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Patti. His previous books are No Right Turn, Cruise Control, Inside Out, and Stuck in Neutral, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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emmejo, August 21, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
To most of the world Shawn is practically dead. He has been paralyzed since he was an infant and is unable to move any part of his body, he can't even control his eye movements. For all anyone knows he is brain-dead and that is what most people believe. But trapped inside his own body is a smart, sarcastic and witty teenage boy who's life may be in danger. His father feels that his son is suffering and is contemplating ending his son's life.

This was an interesting look at the issue of euthanasia and what can or should be done for people who are not able to communicate their own wishes. The writing was solid and the characters were interesting. The plot is rather slow moving to start, but picks up speed. This book is slim and a very fast read. I recommend to anyone who is interested in a book from an unusual point of view.
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aileen.sarabia789, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by aileen.sarabia789)
The book Stuck in Neutral is an extremely touching story about a 14 year old boy that has cerebral palsy (C.P.) its not a disease, its a condition. Shawn, knows everything that is going on around him, but people think he is just sitting there suffering with his seizures. His father is the one person he thinks of this the most, but Shawn thinks his father wants to end his pain. Shawn cant control any of his body and he enjoys his seizures for it is the only time his soul can move out of his body and travel around places he wished to travel before. This story is really touching because it takes you into the different perspective of some disabled people and maybe that they are not really suffering when in their seizures. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a fast read, that is entertaining.
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aileen.sarabia789, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by aileen.sarabia789)
The book Stuck in Neutral is an extremely touching story about a 14 year old boy that has cerebral palsy (C.P.) its not a disease, its a condition. Shawn, knows everything that is going on around him, but people think he is just sitting there suffering with his seizures. His father is the one person he thinks of this the most, but Shawn thinks his father wants to end his pain. Shawn cant control any of his body and he enjoys his seizures for it is the only time his soul can move out of his body and travel around places he wished to travel before. This story is really touching because it takes you into the different perspective of some disabled people and maybe that they are not really suffering when in their seizures. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a fast read, that is entertaining.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064472135
Author:
Trueman, Terry
Publisher:
Harper Teen
Author:
by Terry Trueman
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Situations - Special Needs
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Health & Medicine
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Euthanasia
Subject:
Cerebral palsy
Subject:
Health & Medicine - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Heallth & Medicine
Subject:
Children with disabilities
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Special Needs
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback
Large Print:
Y
Series Volume:
01-5019
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.256 in 2.88 oz
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , Shawn McDaniel's life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he can't even move his eyes. For all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.

To the world, Shawn's senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.

This edition features an Extras section, giving readers even more insight into Shawn's life, and includes a Q&A with Terry Trueman, as well as a sneak peek at the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, Life Happens Next.

"Synopsis" by , Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle--except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining and whose story is unforgettable.

My life is like one of those good news-bad news jokes. Like, I've got some good news and some bad news--which do you want first? Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), and 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

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