On his twelfth birthday, Wil David is anxious to take over his new paper route. The route has been handed down through his family for generations, and he’s spent years training for this moment. What should be a moment of glory is ruined, however, when his paper announces that they plan to stop home delivery to Wil’s town! Will’s letter to the editor goes unanswered, at least until he starts spreading the bad news to his subscribers. Their reaction shows him just how much the town depends on their newspaper…and on him.
One thing I noticed is that at the beginning of this book, Wil didn’t really seem to know his neighbors. He knew their names, addresses, and how they liked to get their papers, but he didn’t really interact with them. As his campaign to keep home delivery went forward, though, his meetings with his neighbors became more frequent when he got to know them personally. I don’t want to ruin the awesome ending, but I will drop a hint about how Wil’s neighbors come to his aid. One lesson to take away from this book is that an organized group of people will always accomplish much more than just one person can.
“The Last Newspaper Boy in America” is actually more about community organizing than it is about a newspaper route. Still, I felt that it was an awesome book, and one with a good message. But that leads me to ask if you’ve ever felt that something happening to you was unfair? What was it, and what did you do about it? Do you think that writing a complaint letter could have made a difference?