Do you know a challenged preteen? Are you aching to help?
After reading Paperboy, by Vince Vawter, I found new insight about helping challenged kids. The memoir captures the emotions of a preteen as he struggles with stuttering.
The main character’s trials and triumphs kept me turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the mid-grade novel. Even more important, I found valuable information from the mentors in the story—qualities I would like to emulate in my work with preteens. Each mentor accepted the child unconditionally. They spoke to him with intelligence, rather than patronizing. One man offered tests of perseverance with a bit of mystery to keep the boy interested. Each mentor encouraged and cared.
So, if you know a hurting kid—especially if you know a child struggling with stuttering, this is a great book to read and share.