Shawn McDaniel's life
is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to
his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle-he can't even
move his eyes. for all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering.
Shawn may want a release, and as long as he is unable to communicate
his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.
To the world, Shawn's senses seem dead. Within these pages, however,
we meet a side of him that no one else has ssen-a spirit that is
rich beyond imagining, breathing life.
*Purchase this book at either store
The invention of Shawn is compelling, evoking one of our darkest fears
and deepest hopes — that a fully conscious and intelligent being
may be hidden within such a broken body, as yet unable to declare
strength of the novel lies in the father-son dynamic; the delicate
scenes between them carefully illustrate their mutual quest to understand
eye-opening book makes an excellent selection for both young adults
~Children's Literature, Debra Briatico
"...wonderful inner dialogue, giving voice to a fully-aware,
witty, bright, and normal young man who just happens to have cerebral
palsy. The voice is amazingly true to any fourteen-year-old young
man, lusty, funny, self-deprecating, and loving. Readers will be
~The Five Owls
"...heart-rending, this novel was written by the [father]
of such a child, as [he] explains in an author's note at the end.
This book will provoke thought and discussion..."
"...intriguing premise, Trueman presents readers with thought-provoking
issues. The character of Shawn, compassionately drawn, will challenge
them to look beyond people's surfaces."
~School Library Journal
"Shawn will stay with readers, not for what he does, but for
what he is and has made of himself."
"This book just makes you want to keep flipping the pages.
It’s one of those books that gets you saying, ”I wonder
what’s going to happen next.” This book also shows you
how to have faith in yourself. Believe in yourself."
~Paulette, a student review, Building Rainbows
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Association 2001 NASEN Highly Commended Award (UK)
Amazon.com's 2000 Editor's Choice Top Ten Books for Young Adults
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award Nominee
2002-2003 WEMA Golden Archer Award Nominee
Maine Student Book Award Nominee
Isinglass Teen Book Award
Michigan Library Thumbs Up Award Nominee
Volunteer State Book Award Reading List
2002 Black Eyed Susan Award Nominee, Maryland
Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
2002 Sheffield Commended Book Title (UK)
2003 Arizona Young Readers Award Nominee
2000 Booklist Editors Choice Awards
Parents Guide to Children's Media, Outstanding Achievement in Fiction
Booklist 10 Best First Novels
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School book Award Nominee
Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee
2004-2005 Iowa Teen Award Nominee
2005 Books Change Lives Award, California Center for the Book
YABA Best 100 Books for Teens, South Carolina Dept of Education
2001 Quick Picks for YAs
2001 Children's Book Council's Not Just For Children Anymore List
Birmingham R.E.A.D.S. Summer Reading List
Public Library of Nashville "For Teens" List
Ocean County Teen Reads "Rebound" List
Overbooked YA Stars List
2000 Great Books for Teens - Cincinnati Library
Maine State Book Award Sneak Peek List
2000 Bartlett Library Hot Picks for Fall
Tennessee Association of School Librarians List
2001 New York Public Library--Best Reads for Teens
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2000 Seattle Post Intelligencer, Best Teen Reads for Summer