Paperboy by Vince Vawter
I am listening to this book and it is making me want to hang out in my car a lot more than usual! Lincoln Hoppe’s narration of the main character and his stuttering dialogue is so touchingly done, I wonder if I would have been quite as enthralled by the book if I read it instead of listened to it. As the boy throws papers and goes to collect each week, he gets to know many of the people on the route. Hoppe brings to life Mr. Spiro, who treats the boy to real conversation and challenges him to think. He lends a southern accent to the housemaid and a drunken slur to Mrs. Worthington that makes each character come alive.
I highly recommend this audiobook version! Here’s a description of the book to get you interested:
An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he knows he’ll be forced to communicate with the different customers, including a housewife who drinks too much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything.
The paper route poses challenges, but it’s a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble and puts the boy’s life, as well as that of his family’s devoted housekeeper, in danger. [from Goodreads]