Paper Boy


Middle-grade historical fiction

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Hardcover pages: 240

Recommended for ages 10 to 14

Awards: Newbery Honor Award, International Reading Association’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Choice, International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice, Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, National Parenting Publications Best Book of the Year, Junior Library Guild Selection BookPage Best Children’s Book, Amazon Book-of-the-Month

Little Man throws the meanest fastball in town but talking is a different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering – not even his own name. In the segregated south of the 1950s, he is forced to take on his best friend’s newspaper route – a month that changes his sheltered life forever.

Booklist Starred Review: “The well-crafted characters, the hot Southern summer, and the coming-of-age events are reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Kirkus Reviews: “An engaging and heartfelt presentation that never whitewashes the difficult time and situation as Little Man comes of age.”

Foreign Rights sold in 11 languages to date!

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