Saturday, March 24, 2012

Okay for now by Gary Schmidt

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt  is a very unique book about Doug Swiatek, a boy whose family moves to upstate New York in the 1960's.  In the devastating move to "stupid Marysville" where his family lives in a house he calls "The Dump," Doug makes unexpected new friends, discovers hidden talents, and copes with family issues of an alcoholic abusive father and a brother home from Vietnam, suffering from physical and mental injuries.  Doug's story is moving as he faces challenge after challenge, but as a narrator he is hilarious.  Okay for Now offers the best of both worlds.

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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