Stuck In Neutral

Paperback | July 24, 2012

byTerry 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.

The paperback 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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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 lif...

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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 lif...

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 ofStuck in Neutraland its companion novel,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.36 inPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064472132

ISBN - 13:9780064472135

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read in my point of view i think that being disabled like that would suck because u cant move anything unless it happened to move by a fluke and u couldnt talk or do anything. this book is very good to read if u like books on disabilities. so read this book i think ull love it.
Date published: 2007-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever This was the best book i ever read. I really liked how he got so much into detail About the problems he encounters. And when he talked about how he wished that wasn't how he was. and how he could remember everything since he was 5 or 4. and how he wanted to live when he thought his dad was planning to end his live.Also when his father and sister went on a talk show to talk about shawn and parents who killed their children so that got him thinking more about his death. I thought that the end could have been different.
Date published: 2007-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Book "Stuck in Neutral" by Terry Trueman is recommended to teens of all ages. This book is a story of a young man who has a lot to live for, but suffers the disability of Cerebral Palsy. His name is Shawn, on the inside he is a free spirited young man who like any other boy has a imagination. The things i dont like about this book is that the ending is not what I expected, and if I got to change any thing out of this book it would have to be the ending. I really like how his siblings are really protective of Shawn. I would personally give this book 4 out of 5.
Date published: 2007-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Review For a Book I am a grade 9 student that read "Stuck in Neutual" by Terry Trueman. Stuck in Neutural was an 'alright' book that shows different views on cerebral palsy, youth in asia, and living with body defects. Trueman does an outstanding job at creating a firt-person veiw of a boy with cerebral palsy. It really made me think about those people in that position-if they think, see, and even have conversations with themselves because there is no one else. I think this book was entertaining and one of the few good books I came across. If I were to rate this book, will give it a 4 leafs out of 5 leafs. Ming-Ming-BAA!!!
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stuck In Neutral "Stuck In Neutral" the book, was written by Terry Trueman. This book is something that older people would like. probably around thirteen and up. Shawn is a fourteen year old boy that has cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disease where your mind is the only thing working. Your muscles don't work, your eyes go where ever they want, you can't chew your food or swallow until your throat is ready and you can't talk. Shawn has a brother named Paul and a sister named Cindy. Shawn's father had left the family because of all the stress Shawn had brought but he would still visit now and then and support the family. Mr. McDonald is a writer. He would always write about how it was hard work to raise Shawn even when he never did anything with him. I think the book was great how it made you think about his life. Also I liked the idea of his thoughts. One thing I would have changed would be the ending. It doesn't explain much but it was still good.
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! "Stuck In Neutral" by Terry Trueman is a great book. It is interesting and is for readers from about age thirteen and up. The story is about this boy Shawn who has cerebal palsy and cannot move at all. He tells the story through his eyes and memories. He talks about what has happened to him and the thoughts he has. This book really shows you how it might be like when you have this horrible disease. I think this book was interesting and really captured your attention. You can't put this book down. There was this one thing that was different - the author left you hanging. For the rest you will have to read this book.
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Story "Stuck In Neutral" is by Terry Trueman. This story is about a young boy named Shawn McDaniel who is unable to move any of his muscles. Everybody thinks that Shawn isn't very smart but he is actually much more intelligent than everyone thinks, even though he isn't able to communicate with anybody in any way. This story teaches us to not take the little things for granted because there are some people who would love to even be able to move their pinky. I like how the author tells the story but the ending could have been a lot better. I recommend this story to anyone over the age of 13.
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! "Stuck in Neutral" by Terry Trueman is an intense book that captures people probably around 13+. The novel is a story of Shawn McDeaniel and the relationship he has between his family, and more importantly, his dad. Because Shawn has disbilities you read the story as if you were reading his mind. If you're intrigued about medical issues or understanding more about what children with disabilities go through daily, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the part were Paul (Shawn's brother) got back at those boys for messing with Shawn, it really showed how much his family appreciates him. I also liked how honest Shawn was throughout the book. The ending was definetly disappointing for me personally, and it was also very repetiful.
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Shawn McDaniel ia a kid that has a lot of spare time on his hands. Not because he's lazy, it's because he has a disability. This is a very rare disability, it is called Cerebral Palsy, this is a disease when you can't control your body. This is a very interesting story, like just imagine how it would be for you and what would you think, and react. And just imagine what his parents are going through, and believe it or not Shawn has friends. And Shawn is a very nice kid with a good imagination. And this book will show how his life goes!!!
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in my eyes! In my opinioin, I thought it was an amazing book, with a very clear meaning to it...Some of my friends thought the ending was terrible, but I liked the way it ended because the important wasn't if the father killed him or not...it had nothing to do with that! Terry trueman did a wicked job making Sean's voice! It sounded like any other teenage boy! All I can say is....WOW!
Date published: 2005-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book. I loved the idea of this book. I found it so creative. Shawn is a great character. The book is very interesting and I liked how it did not drag on. I suggest you read this book.
Date published: 2002-10-08

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