March 23 , 2010



Paperboy tells the story as only an afternoon paperboy in rural America in thesixties can. Thousands of readers identified with the unique characters of Colby while readingThe Bridge. They grew to love Tommy and the band of boys, were entertained by theirchildish pranks, and touched by their generosity. In Paperboy, change is coming to Colby. The shoe factory has sold and a hat factory istaking its place. A factory manager has been named and he's definitely not from Colby. There'san influx of interesting newcomers. The high school principal is also new to Colby. He must deal with teenage pregnancy, the snooping high school office secretary, and the Colby Curls rumor mill. He, too, has a mysteriouspast and uses it to his advantage. The pregnant teen and her auto-mechanic single mother aren't Colby natives either. Rumors about both abound. The mother has a past which touches the present, and eventually involvesthe entire town. Tommy and Booger, while delivering the Colby Telegraph, discover that Colby's patriarch, Mr. Koch, has a heroic but classified history. While raking leaves for Mrs. Whitener, they learn the origin of her accent and how she got to Colby. It's not what mostpeople think. Jupiter Storm, the town's primary purveyor of gossip, whose opinion always exceeds hisknowledge, is perpetually annoying. But Tommy and Booger learn that Jupiter is a decoratedWorld War II veteran. And when a threatening stranger appears on the scene, the entire townlearns of Jupiter's unique but redeeming skill. How will Colby be different, and how will it be thesame? About the Author Stan and his wife Debbie live in Southern Missouri where they raised three boys and a golden retriever.
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