Friday, May 14, 2010
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Shawn is brilliant and has a photographic memory. Unfortunately, he also has cerebral palsy and has no control over any muscle in his body so he is unable to communicate with the outside world. Doctors, teachers and his family all assume that he has the intelligence of a baby only four months old. The strain of caring for Shawn caused his parents to divorce when he was young. After writing a poem about Shawn and their lives Shawn's father won the Pulitzer Prize and now is a famous author. Shawn is relatively happy with his life even though he can't communicate to anyone that he understands everything happening around him. Recently though Shawn has become worried for his safety because whenever he is alone with his father, his dad talks about killing Shawn to "put him out of his misery". With no way to let anyone know that he can think and feel and no way to defend himself, Shawn is stuck with whatever decision his father makes.