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Life Happens Next
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Life Happens Next
Creators: Terry Trueman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen
Pub. date: 08/21/2012
Lib. SRP: 16.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 5.99 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9780062028082
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 1082 KB
Grade Range: Grade 4
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Young Adult Fiction
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Short Description:
   

Stuck in Neutral, a Printz Honor Book, introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. But what happens next?

Shawn's got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue. That's because they can see only his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don't see? His brain, with perfect auditory memory. And his heart, which is in love with a girl. And his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there's way more to him than his appearance.

How do you connect with others when you can't talk, walk, or even wave hello? In the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, which ALA Booklist called "an intense reading experience," Shawn McDaniel discovers a new definition of "normal" and finds that life happens next for everyone.

Full Description:
   

Stuck in Neutral, a Printz Honor Book, introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. But what happens next?

Shawn's got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue. That's because they can see only his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don't see? His brain, with perfect auditory memory. And his heart, which is in love with a girl. And his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there's way more to him than his appearance.

How do you connect with others when you can't talk, walk, or even wave hello? In the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, which ALA Booklist called "an intense reading experience," Shawn McDaniel discovers a new definition of "normal" and finds that life happens next for everyone.

Reviews:
  Kirkus
     

May 15, 2012
Trueman skates the edge of fantasy as he puts readers' hearts through a workout in this sequel to Stuck in Neutral (2000). Shawn is completely locked out of his physical body by cerebral palsy, but inside he's a smart, sarcastic and (generally) emotionally stable 14-year-old. He takes up his narrative only days after surviving his well-meaning father's aborted mercy killing (Cruise Control, 2004) and hasty departure. He's already past that, though. Between rapturous affirmations that he's developed "over-the-top, teenaged-love-junkie, mac-daddy-extreme hotz" for his sister's BF Ally and more dispassionate descriptions of diaper changes, he notes with mixed feelings the arrival of his mother's cousin Debi, a newly orphaned adult with Down syndrome, and her large and excitable dog, Rusty. Inspired by real members of the author's family, Debi and Shawn are characters whose conditions are portrayed with credible accuracy--but who also display enough self-awareness, emotional range and human insight to lift them well past any sort of typecasting. On the other hand, unlike the rest of Shawn's loving family, Debi and even Rusty somehow turn out to be able to tell what's going on in his head, and in a further credulity-straining development, Debi shows up, disability free, in his dreams after a sudden loss. A winning central and supporting cast provide strong compensation for a plot that seems overly worked and too tidily resolved. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-14)

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Creator Marketing:
  Terry Trueman     
     

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.

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