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Reviewed Titles Award Winners
Capstone Editions


by Vince Vawter
Illustrated by Alessia Trunfio

The sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning novel Paperboy and a Fall 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Victor Vollmer isn't a paperboy anymore. He's a copyboy now, but his duties at the newspaper get interrupted by a last request from Mr. Spiro, the old man who became Victor's mentor and helped him take on his stutter in the beloved novel Paperboy, a Newbery Honor Book.  Victor takes off on a journey that sends him hundreds of miles from home toward the teeth of a gathering storm. Confronted by an unfamiliar and threatening world, he meets a girl who is strong, smart, and bold like no one he's known before, and together they venture to the place where river meets sea. When they wind up racing to evade a hurricane, Victor finds out what the fates have in store for him.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level12-15 Years
Reading LevelGrades 6-9
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count240



Kirkus Reviews

"STARRED REVIEW! Victor's first-person voice—enhanced by the teen's love of language—is brilliantly authentic and heartfelt, especially with his ever challenging stutter. . . .Even the dead man comes fully to life, joining a remarkable cast of meticulously nuanced characters. . . .A lyrical and immersive journey." - Kirkus Reviews

June 15, 2018

Reading Style Guide - Barbara Moon

"Breaking away. Finding meaning and purpose in life. Coping with uncertainty. Growing up is both a journey and a struggle. It seems appropriate that this personal coming-of-age saga is set during a turbulent historical event. Vawter captures the essence of rite-of-passage in this new chapter in Vic's life." - Reading Style Guide

August 9, 2018


Booklist - Ilene Cooper

"The road trip has a Huckleberry Finn–like hue as Victor's travels introduce him to a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom have something to teach. Vawter turns a phrase with skill and style; Victor remains a carefully drawn narrator whose preoccupation with his stutter changes and evolves. . . .If the world truly has only two stories—someone goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town—this is a fine mix of both." - Booklist

August 1, 2018

Publishers Weekly, "Noteworthy Middle Grade and YA Sequels for Fall 2018" - Natasha Gilmore

"In this sequel to Paperboy, Victor Vollmer sets off to fulfill a final request of Mr. Spiro, his former mentor who helped him work on his stutter; his task for Mr. Spiro evolves into a grand adventure." - Publishers Weekly, "Noteworthy Middle Grade and YA Sequels for Fall 2018"

September 11, 2018


School Library Journal - Molly Saunders, Homewood Public Library, AL

"The carefully crafted novel moves slowly, building to a palpable tension as Victor and the hurricane travel toward their mutual destination. . . .Although Victor must still cope with his stutter, this book focuses more on his struggle to understand and express his purpose in the wider world. A thoughtful, character-driven novel that offers a nuanced depiction of coastal Louisiana in the 1960s; perfect for fans of historical fiction." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2018

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - EB

"Readers who met Vic when Vawter’s previous title was released are now old enough to appreciate the growth and maturity evidenced by Vic’s polished, humorous narration, and newcomers will easily glean enough backstory to ride shotgun on this coming of age adventure." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

September 1, 2018


Chapter 16 - Tina Chambers

"...a sequel worthy of its exceptional predecessor. . . .Vince Vawter’s Copyboy leaves behind the happy memory of time well-spent and the hope of additional travels to come." - Chapter 16

June 28, 2001

First Opinions, Second Reactions: A Woven Life - Melissa Comer, College of Ed. of Curriculum & Instruction at TN Tech University

"...The primary journey at the heart of Copyboy occurs within Victor. It is one of self-discovery, of gaining confidence in spite of a disability, of being a man of your word and of recognizing that bravery does not mean the absence of fear. . . . Victor comes to realize that life is never black and white; there are gray areas with hidden secrets just under the surface. Using one’s voice, even one that is delivered with a stutter, is powerful. Some things can’t be ignored, Victor discovers; and sometimes you must take a stand even if it means you get knocked down. . . . Readers, ages middle school into young adulthood, can, through a quiet, extraordinary main character, find their voice in Copyboy." - First Opinions, Second Reactions: A Woven Life

June 25, 2020



Children’s Book Committee, Bank Street College of Education

2019 Best Children's Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit

April 1, 2019

Oklahoma State University

2019 Whippoorwill Award

January 1, 2020

Vince Vawter

Vince Vawter

Vince Vawter was reared in Memphis and spent forty years in the newspaper business as a writer, editor, and publisher. He is the author of PAPERBOY, winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor. He and his wife live on a small farm near Knoxville.

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