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Paperboy by Vince Vawter


Book Summary

The main character has a great pitching arm, and he speaks with a stammer. He is well-equipped to deliver papers while his friend is away, but collecting the money causes him some stress. As he gets to know the people in his 1950s community, he confronts serious issues like racism, abuse, and injustice.
Paperboy book cover

Book Review

This book has echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird, but the plot and characters are, obviously, distinct. This book is multi-layered and would be a good selection for a small group discussion; it might not be immediately accessible to most readers who read it independently.

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The changes we dream of will only come if commoners seize their own future."   p. 124

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Injustice
  • Growing Up
  • Family Relationships in 1950s U.S.
  • Segregation
  • Community Responsibilities
  • Racism
  • Finding Heroes
  • Privacy vs. Interference

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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