Stuck in Neutral
Author: Terry Trueman
Copyright 2001 HarperTeen
ISBN: 0064472132
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Stuck in Neutral is absolutely an excellent read.  Written from the perspective of Shawn McDaniel, a teenager who has severe cerebral palsy, this book forces readers to examine their beliefs about people with disabilities and society’s reaction to them.  Shawn is unable to communicate in any way because he lost the ability to control his muscles when he was born.  Although he is unable to convey it, he understands everything going on in the world around him and has a remarkable memory.  Shawn’s father has a particularly difficult time with his son’s disability and considers the unthinkable as the story unfolds.  Stuck in Neutral asks readers to consider what may be possible for thousands of people with severe disabilities – are these individuals trapped inside a body that will not function?


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