Author: Vince Vawter
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Awards: Newbery Honor Book
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Little Man stutters. A lot. Everybody tries to get him off their team, or out of their group. Grownups just talk to him like he's a little kid. Except his parents of course, and Mam, his maid/babysitter. He only has two friends in the entire world, Arthur, whom he calls Rat, and Mam. Everyone calls him Little Man, because he can't even say his own name. When his friend Rat goes to his grandparents farm, Little Man takes over his paper route for him. Little Man is a pitcher, and boy can he pitch well! This helps, because of all the throwing of newspapers. On Rat's route, he meets a ton of people. They are very interesting... Some aren't very nice, some are very interesting. Nobody expects him to stutter, but some accept it. Some like Mr. Spiro. Around Mr. Spiro, Little Man is more confident, less stuttering. But will he be able to overcome his stutter? Will he ever?
I did like this book, it was very well written. It is staged in 1959, and all the characters are very specific. This book talks about the beginning of non-segregation. Like the students in Arkansas going to school, but this book is set in Memphis. This author is really good, I have never read any of his books before, but I really like this one. So the reason I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because I wasn't crazy about this book. Like books usually take me a day to finish if I really like them. This book took me 2 weeks. So that goes to show... Anyway, I would recommend this book to middle school kids, and maybe fifth graders. If you like realistic/historical fiction, then you should try this book out.