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THE STUTTERING FOUNDATION SUMMER 2013


Paperboy Delivers for Kids


book Paperboy is about an 11- year-old boy growing up in Memphis in 1959. He throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He has trou- ble saying a word without stuttering. So when he takes over a friend’s paper


Author Vince Vawter’s new route, he


knows he’ll be forced to commu- nicate with cus- tomers, including a housewife who


drinks too much and a retired


merchant marine who seems to know just about everything. While the paper route poses


chosen Paperboy as one of its rec- ommendations for 2013, and the book has been endorsed by nu- merous library and school groups. Delacorte Press, a division of Random House, has increased the book’s initial print run due to the early reviews. Booklist, a publication of the


challenges, it’s a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trou- ble and puts the boy’s life, as well as that of his family’s de- voted housekeeper, in danger. The Junior Library Guild has


 Since 1947 ... Helping Those Who Stutter


Rita’s Chairman Tom Christopoul (right) presents Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser (second from right) with a $10,000 donation on behalf of Lazaro Arbos. They are joined by Lazaro’s parents Gisela Andraca and Reinaldo (left) at the Rita’s Italian Ice in Naples, Fla.


The True Legacy of Lazaro Arbos As we head into National


American Idol, Lazaro has capti- vated us with both his singing and his stuttering. At first, many peo- ple, including the American Idol judges, could not understand how such a beautiful singer could struggle so mightily with saying such simple things: his own name, where is he is from, and what song he will sing, for example. To those who stutter, however, it is a very familiar experience.


Stuttering Awareness Week, May 6-12, no one has done more in 2013 to increase awareness about stuttering than Lazaro Arbos. Since his televised audition on


American Library Association, compared the story to To Kill a Mockingbird and said the book “brilliantly gets readers inside the head of a boy who stutters.” Continued on page 17


Quick Facts


• 12 million Americans watch American Idol. • American Idol is broad- cast to over 100 nations. • 100,000 people audition each season.


• Since this season began, the Foundation has re- ceived more than 2,000 additional “likes” and reached more than 30,000 people on Facebook.


Lazaro’s time on American Idol gave us the daily opportunity to educate people about singing and stuttering – for which we are most grateful,” said Jane Fraser. “We made the most of it.” “For us, on January


“At the Stuttering Foundation,


17, 2013, a star was born. Lazaro spoke to the entire stuttering community when inter- viewed by the American Idol producers.


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