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Stuck in Neutral

Did Shawn die at the end of Stuck in Neutral?

The ending of the story is ambiguous, meaning that the author leaves it to the reader to decide if Shawn dies nor not. In the last paragraph of the book, Shawn's father is sitting in the room with...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What are the themes of Stuck in Neutral?

One of the themes of Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman is disability. The main character and narrator of the book, Shawn McDaniel, has cerebral palsy, and is nonverbal. Through Shawn's narration,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 7:58 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

Why does Shawn enjoy his seizures in Stuck in Neutral?

Stuck in Neutral, written by Terry Trueman, is a young adult novel about Shawn McDaniel. Shawn is fourteen years old and has cerebral palsy. He seems, to others, to be in a vegetative state, as he...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 9:31 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

In Stuck in Neutral, why does Shawn's father want to kill him?

Shawn thinks that his father wants to kill him based on a television show his father was watching and the reactions of his father to Shawn's illness. Shawn doesn't know for sure, and neither does...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2007 11:18 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What is the conflict of stuck in neutral? no

There are many conflicts in Stuck in Neutral by Terry Truman, but the central conflicts revolve around Shawn's desire to stay alive and prove that his life has worth and his father's desire to do...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 2:32 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

Why does Shawn get a little pleasure out of his dads poem in Stuck in Neutral?  

On the face of it, you'd wonder why on earth Shawn would derive any pleasure from his dad's poem. After all, it concerns the difficulties and challenges that Shawn's old man has had to overcome in...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 4:38 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

In "Stuck in Neutral," is Shawn's father suffering more for himself or Shawn?

Shawn's father definitely feels sorry for himself, although he does feel horribly that his son is suffering within himself. He is selfish and is more concerned about his own feelings and reactions...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2008 1:19 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What does Shawn think about his class in school?  

In the book Stuck in Neutral, Shawn McDaniel is a fourteen-year-old living with cerebral palsy and is physically incapable of caring for himself. He also cannot speak, so his family members believe...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 6:59 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

In "Stuck in Neutral", why does Shawn want to live?

Shawn, the protagonist of this story, is an adolescent boy with cerberal palsy. This means that Shawn has little control over his own body, which is twisted and hard to manipulate because of the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2008 3:16 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What is the name of Shawn's father in "Stuck in Neutral"?

Shawn's father's name is Syd McDaniel.Shawn's father is an angry, driven man who wants to do the right thing for his handicapped son but is woefully unaware of Chris's deep intelligence, awareness,...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2009 1:31 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

Is Shawn's dad good, bad, or both? Is Shawn's dad good, bad, or both?

I don't know if Shawn's father, Syd, can be characterized as good or bad. I guess it depends on your definition of "good" or "bad".Mostly, Syd is angry because of his son's...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2008 11:40 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

How does Shawn's family treat him like a baby?  

In Terry Trueman's young adult novel Stuck in Neutral, Shawn, the protagonist, lives with cerebral palsy, a serious medical condition. His chronic ailment makes his mother overprotective toward...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019 9:18 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

In what ways does Shawn misunderstand the world around him Stuck in Neutral?

Shawn McDaniel is the main protagonist in the 2001 young adult novel Stuck in Neutral written by American author Terry Trueman. Trueman incorporates a plethora of socially important, slightly...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 4:24 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What does the character say in Stuck in Neutral? What dialogue reveals the character's personality? How does the...

In Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, protagonist Shawn McDaniel has the disease cerebral palsy. In the book, he says that he is considered stupid. The dialogue with his family and others reveals...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 9:41 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

In what ways does Shawn in Stuck in Neutral misunderstand the world around him?

I don't think that Shawn misunderstands the world; in fact, I believe that he might be the only one who truly understands it. Shawn is a fully cognitive and mentally capable 14-year-old boy who...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 7:46 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What do you think Shawn's father thought about him as a person in Stuck in Neutral?

The reader never knows exactly what is going on in Shawn's father's head since the novel is not written from his point of view. The only clues we have are those that Shawn has: at first, it seems...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 2:37 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

How would you rewrite the ending? If you had the opportunity to rewrite the ending of this book, how would you end...

These are all rather violent suggestions...wouldn't it be nice if Shawn's father talked to him about how he loves Shawn but sometimes thinks Shawn would be better off in life if he were dead? That...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2008 3:16 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

How does Shawn's dad cope with the frustration he feels because of Shawn's condition?

Actually, I would argue that Shawn's dad doesn't really cope with his son's condition at all. In fact, he does just about everything he can to avoid having to cope with it. Instead of devising a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 12:21 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What happens to Shawn as the show comes on in Stuck in Neutral?

Shawn is the youngest child in his family and has cerebral palsy. According to the doctors, at fourteen years of age, Shawn has a baby’s IQ; they believe that Shawn’s brain does not work. However,...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What do you think Shawn means when he says “Am I the done deal?” in Stuck in Neutral?

Shawn's mom and his sister, Cindy, are about to head off with Cindy's friends on their trip to Spokane, leaving Shawn alone with his dad. Just before the party's about to leave, Shawn's dad...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 8:26 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

Do you think that there can be a person like shawn in real life? Do you think that there can be a person like shawn...

There are people with all sorts of disabilities living quality lives out there. I agree with Jamie that as a society, we tend to judge a little too quickly when people don't meet society's...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2008 11:28 am UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

What school did Shawn from "Stuck in Neutral" attend?

Shawn attended a class for the Severely/Profoundly Handicapped in the Special Education Program at Shoreline High School.  The High School was part of the Seattle Public School...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2007 2:06 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

If you were Shawn.... If you were Shawn, would you still want to go through life the way he does. Would you enjoy and...

Read what Stephen Hawking has to say about having to live the way Shawn did. It's really amazing how much we take our abilities for granted. http://www.hawking.org.uk/text/disable/disable.html

Latest answer posted March 25, 2008 4:14 pm UTC

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Stuck in Neutral

How did you get started? can you email me becase I am doing a poster about you and you book- Stuck in Neutral- and...

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to contact the actual author through this site, but you can find some background information about them. Terry Trueman has been an educator, counselor, and writer...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2007 6:51 am UTC

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