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Stuck in Neutral

(2000)
(The first book in the Shawn McDaniel series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book (nominee)
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel loves the taste of smoked oysters and his mother's gentle hugs. Unfortunately, it's impossible for Shawn to feed himself or to hug his mom back. Shawn has severe cerebral palsy, a condition he has had since birth that has robbed him of all muscle control. He can't walk, talk, or even focus his eyes on his own. But despite all these handicaps, despite the frustration of not being able to communicate, Shawn is still happy to be alive: "Somehow all the things I think about and remember turn to joy... favourite movies... pinecones... chocolate pudding... the scent of Comet in a stainless steel sink.... Life can be great, even for me. Even for me." That is why he panics when he begins to suspect that his father is thinking of killing him. Shawn knows that his father is trying to be kind; he imagines that his son's life is an endless torment. His dad has no idea of the rich life that Shawn lives inside his head. And Shawn, helpless and mute, has no way of telling him.

Stuck in Neutral is a unique journey into the mind of a truly unique character. Shawn McDaniel, who is literally trapped in his own body, will serve as a powerful metaphor for teens who feel cornered by circumstances or their own physical shortcomings. Terry Trueman's first-person portrayal of Shawn is made all the more poignant by the fact that Trueman's own son, Henry, also suffers from cerebral palsy. This is an original and moving debut. (Ages 11 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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Hardback Editions

July 2012 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-7569-1110-9 / 978-0-7569-1110-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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October 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Stuck In Neutral (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-613-44419-1 / 978-0-613-44419-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-7862-4059-8 / 978-0-7862-4059-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-606-22474-2 / 978-0-606-22474-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-340-80599-4 / 978-0-340-80599-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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May 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-06-028519-2 / 978-0-06-028519-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-06-028518-4 / 978-0-06-028518-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

October 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-06-447213-2 / 978-0-06-447213-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTeen
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August 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stuck In Neutral
Author(s): David W Moore, Deborah J Short, Michael W Smith, Alfred W Tatum
ISBN: 0-7362-3179-X / 978-0-7362-3179-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: National Geographic School Pub
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February 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stuck In Neutral (Signature)
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-340-81745-3 / 978-0-340-81745-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-439-39994-7 / 978-0-439-39994-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Book Serivces NY,
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June 2001 : UK Paperback

Title: Stuck In Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 0-340-84369-1 / 978-0-340-84369-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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Audio Editions

July 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
Publisher: HarperAudio
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July 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 1-4025-0710-0 / 978-1-4025-0710-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2001 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
ISBN: 1-4025-1486-7 / 978-1-4025-1486-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author(s): Terry Trueman
Publisher: HarperTeen
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