Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

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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.

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About Terry Trueman

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Terry Trueman grew up in the northern suburbs of Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his BA in creative writing. He also has an MS in applied psychology and an MFA in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. Terry is also the author of Stuck in Neutral and its companion novel, Cruise Control; Hurricane; 7 Days at the Hot Corner; No Right Turn; and Inside Out.
Published July 24, 2012 by HarperTeen. 140 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Though character is not the author’s strongest concern here, like the similarly lucid brain-damaged teen in Joan Leslie Woodruff’s The Shiloh Renewal (1999), Shawn will stay with readers, not for what he does, but for what he is and has made of himself.

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First-time novelist Trueman raises ethical issues about euthanasia through the relationship between 14-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his father.

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But readers know that Shawn has a brilliant --- and constantly active --- mind.

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Stuck In Neutral is the deeply moving tale of 14-year-old Shawn.

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