Okay For Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

Synopsis

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the Sskinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who Ssmelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain. In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.

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Copyright year 2011
ISBN-13 9780547152608
ISBN-10 0547152604
Class Copyright
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Subject Fiction;Juvenile Fiction
File Size 105 MB
Number of Pages 368
Length of Recording 8
Shelf No. KG124
Grade Range 5 - 9
Ages 10 - 14
Lexile 850L