Paperboy by Vince Vawter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperboy is a strange historical fiction middle grade novel.
This 11 year old boy is living in Tennessee in the 1950s. He takes over his best friends paper route when the friend is on vacation. During the route, he meets many new people, some good and some bad. He also has fun playing baseball. Read the book to see the strange story about a white boy during the segregation years.
This novel was very strange. First off, the main character's name isn't even mentioned until like the last chapter. That is very odd. The characters are also very out of the ordinary. They never have any usual characters, but they add to the story. It also read very slow, despite being short. It was also neat how the main character stuttered. It added more to the story.
I liked how there was a adult bully named Ara T. He was an African American trash collector who was a thief. Victor, that is the boy's name, tries to stand up to him.
Mrs. Worthington is this drunk lady who has an abusive husband. She goes through tough times, but ultimately is there for Victor. It was interesting how Vince Vawter portrayed abuse in a middle grade novel.
Mr. Spiro is an interesting sailor. He is nice to the main character, and helps him learn who he was.
I liked Mam. Mam was the African American housekeeper in his house. She shows the way people treated non-Caucasian people.
Overall, this is an unusual book with positive messages.
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