Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt


Okay for Now is set in the late 1960's and is a stand-alone companion to the Wednesday Wars, a Newbery Honor book, where we first met Doug Swieteck. This title gives you a taste of life for a 14 year old boy growing up in small town, Marysville, New York during 1968. Doug's oldest brother Lucas is off fighting in the Vietnam War. His second oldest brother Christopher is labeled a "bad boy." At home Doug is cheering on the New York Yankees baseball team and watching the Apollo space mission. Doug is also dealing with a verbally abusive father. Each chapter opens with a reproduction from John James Audubon's Birds of America. A librarian named Mr. Powell helps Doug discover a hidden talent and opens up a new world to him. The story is one of creativity, of loss, of love, and of survival. As you read you find out why Doug has always struggled in school and why the prints of birds are so important to Doug. I found this book to be interesting historical fiction filled with many twists, turns and colorful characters.

Submitted by Gail @ Zablocki

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