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  • Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperTeen; Auflage: Harper Tempest. (24. Juli 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0064472132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064472135
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 13 - 16 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,6 x 12,7 x 16,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 180.545 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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 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... favorite 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 truly 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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 31. Mai 2000
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Rather than focus on what was said in the pages of Stuck in Neutral I want us to examine the heart of the author. Trueman doesn't gloss over the bitter rock hard reality of life. He wants us to get real with our feelings, to lay bare our fears, our frustrations, to tell it like it is, speak the truth. Trueman did the same thing with his narrative poem Sheehan (the precursor to Stuck in Neutral), laying bare his vulnerability, daring to say what none of the rest of us would even dream of voicing to another, let alone print it in a book for the whole world to see. He has done the same with Stuck in Neutral.
If you have read other reviews on this story you should know by now that Trueman is actually the father of such a child. Shawn is a severely mentally disabled victim of Cerebral Palsy. Or is he? That is the question. However, this isn't "just" a story written in the voice of a helpless child trapped in an uncontrollable body; and neither is it "just" an attempt by the author to help the world to see through the eyes of the disabled. Both of those are indeed very worthy endeavors, especially by the father of such a child; but this story goes much deeper.
Behind the pages of this story you will find a father who has been torn to shreds by circumstances beyond his control and still managed to come out on the other end a winner. And not just a winner because he managed to survive, but because he has done something for his son that nobody else on this whole earth could have done, not the medical doctors, not the psychiatrists and not the innumerable therapists who tried to help.
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"Stuck in Neutal" is a book I hesitated to read. It's the story of Shaun, a cerebral palsy invalid who is much brighter than everyone thinks. His father is a famous writer, and his works on Cerebral Palsy frighten Shaun. Since he was born, he's been an invalid, but a wasted genius. He can read, he can remember everything he's ever heard. During seizures, he can escape the body that's held him back for so long. It's a book worth checking out, I just don't know the exact audience to recommend this to.
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Gold Star Award Winner!

I'll admit, right off, that I'm a very opinionated person. I believe that's why I love books that have endings that leave it open to personal intrepretation--I can use my own belief system, my own views on the rights and wrongs of a situation, to concoct my own ending. Whether it be a happily-ever-after or a tear-jerker, whatever ending you prescribe to STUCK IN NEUTRAL will, no doubt, leave you pondering the book for days.

That being said, Terry Trueman is the kind of author I both love and hate. I love the way he writes, the kinds of stories he tells, the way that, with only a few well-placed words, he can make his characters come to life. I hate it for all of the above, in that I can't do what he does! Oh, to have the ability to influence someone so deeply that all they can do after reading your words is, for days afterwards, think about what you've read. It's an awesome talent, and nothing showcases Mr. Trueman's true gift of storytelling better than the life history of Shawn McDaniel, the boy at the center of STUCK IN NEUTRAL.

Shawn is what many people, "normal" people, would call a retard, a vegetable, a shell of a boy with no one home inside. In a way, they'd be right, but in all the ways that matter, they would be horribly, horribly wrong. Because Shawn is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting young men you could ever hope to meet. Although he can't speak, can't walk, and can't even control any of his movements as simple as winking his eyelids, Shawn is, in effect, a genius. He can remember everything he's ever heard--from a television commercial, to a music lyric, to a conversation overheard while waiting for the bus. He's also extremely brilliant, maybe even more so than a "typical" teen with an IQ of 180.
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Interesting 11. September 2000
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If you have ever watched a smart person with cerebral palsy being treated like an idiot by those around him, you will appreciate this short novel. This book calls into question the assumption made by many that a severe physical disability automatically indicates a severe mental disability. Shawn, the protagonist of this story, attends public school in a Severely Handicapped Special Day Class. He is surrounded by people who baby-talk to him and talk around and over him, assuming that he does not understand. Being fiction, one cannot take this story as proof that all people like Shawn are highly intelligent, but it should make one question the assumption that they are not. I loved his description of the Special Day Class, although I thought he was unbelievably forgiving of the people around him. I personally cringe (and sometimes enter into a deep depression) when I have to enter such a class, knowing that the students who are being changed and fed and listening to the same stupid nursery rhymes day after day have surely got other places they would rather be. It has to be extremely frustrating to be so unseen. If this book can make people question their assumptions about people with disabilities, then it has done a wonderful thing. It is less dangerous to assume that someone understands what is going on than to assume that they cannot, in terms of how much damage you are going to inflict on that person. Anyone who is going to work, play, or live with someone with severe CP should read this book. I used to reccommend Christy Brown's "Down All The Days" which is incredible, but a long, hard read and no one finishes it. This book is short and engaging and is more likely to be read.
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Ruined by the inconclusive ending 28. März 2002
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I think that the book is interesting in its portrayal of someome who, because he is physically unable to communicate, is believed also to be unable to think. Certainly the story is a salutary warning to anyone who thinks that a communication disorder is equivalent to having nothing to communicate. There are parts of the book which are very well-written and powerful.
However, I think that the book is fatally marred from both a literary and an emotional point of view by its inconclusive ending. The issue of whether a boy is going to be killed buy his own father is so fundamental that leaving it up in the air is seriously damaging to the book. I understand that inconclusive endings are sometimes a literary device; I just feel that doing so in a book of this sort, especially one intended for young readers, is inappropriate, and may lead to the readers protecting themselves emotionally by treating it as just a case study in ethics, and ignoring Shawn's humanity: surely the complete opposite of the book's presumable purpose.
I am also concerned about the atmosphere created of the young disabled character's total powerlessness in the hands of adults; and the fact that this aspect is not directly questioned. One gets the impression that the father's thoughts of killing his son are wrong in this case; but not that it is wrong or unnatural for an adult to have that much power over their child (or over anyone). I think that the book may therefore appeal to young people who do feel powerless and are frustrated by it; but that the emphasis on powerlessness may ultimately be corrosive. It would be particularly dangerous if it leads to the impression that disabled people must invariably be totally under other people's power.
I realize that some of my comments may sound confused; but the book's whole message is confused. It is a strange book; possibly of interest to adults, especially those who are interested in
books that use defiance of literary conventions, such as plot resolution, as a literary device in itself. I don't think that it has much to offer young people.
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My hopefully helpful review for a very good book! 23. Februar 2001
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"Stuck In Neutral" By Terry Trueman was a very wonderful book. In it, you read about the life of a mentally and physically challenged teenage boy, Sean, through his eyes, and see things from his point of view and what he thinks of those things in his life. It is also about the knowledge of how his Dad really thinks Sean's "pain" should end which adds mystery to the story. It makes you feel that you know exactly what a person of his nature thinks and feels in this story even though no one really knows exactly. This is one of those books you will not be able to put down. This story has given me a different feeling about persons with disabilities.
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Stuck in Neutral 9. März 2001
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The book Stuck in Neutral is really a great book. I'd give it 5 golden stars. The main character Shawn McDaniel has cerebral palsy, he can not walk, talk, blink or swallow on his own. But he is really an amzing genius who is trapped inside his own body. He can remember everything he has ever heard or seen. And he loves his life although he is disabled. But he has seizures, and his father can not stand to see his son in pain. But he did not know that Shawn is not in great pain, he actually enjoys his seizures, they allow him to be free. But his father did not know, he loves his son too much, he even wants to kill Shawn to end his pain! Will his father kill Shawn or save Shawn? The book Stuck in Neutral is very exciting, and funny. I highly recommend this book. It is full of suprises, and full of scarybut awesome events. Some times they make you shiver, but more importantly, they make you wander. A paralyzed and retarded boy like Shawn McDaniel can love his life so much, what is the reason for us not to love it? Once again, I highly recommend this book.
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The Gift of Life 31. Mai 2000
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Rather than focus on what was said in the pages of Stuck in Neutral I want us to examine the heart of the author. Trueman doesn't gloss over the bitter rock hard reality of life. He wants us to get real with our feelings, to lay bare our fears, our frustrations, to tell it like it is, speak the truth. Trueman did the same thing with his narrative poem Sheehan (the precursor to Stuck in Neutral), laying bare his vulnerability, daring to say what none of the rest of us would even dream of voicing to another, let alone print it in a book for the whole world to see. He has done the same with Stuck in Neutral.
If you have read other reviews on this story you should know by now that Trueman is actually the father of such a child. Shawn is a severely mentally disabled victim of Cerebral Palsy. Or is he? That is the question. However, this isn't "just" a story written in the voice of a helpless child trapped in an uncontrollable body; and neither is it "just" an attempt by the author to help the world to see through the eyes of the disabled. Both of those are indeed very worthy endeavors, especially by the father of such a child; but this story goes much deeper.
Behind the pages of this story you will find a father who has been torn to shreds by circumstances beyond his control and still managed to come out on the other end a winner. And not just a winner because he managed to survive, but because he has done something for his son that nobody else on this whole earth could have done, not the medical doctors, not the psychiatrists and not the innumerable therapists who tried to help. His love for this child is what enabled him to place himself inside Shawn's body, to mingle with his mind and muscles, to see through his eyes and create in him a whole new person from the inside out, by the power of the written word. Trueman brought his son back to life. That is the real miracle of this story. Please keep that in mind as you read the last few paragraphs and then you won't have to wonder about the outcome. ELE.
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