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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
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Okay for Now is the story of Doug Sweisteck, a generally misunderstood 8th grader who has just moved to a new town and is judged for his brother's behavior. Joe loves baseball and has even had the chance to attened a Yankees game AND throw a ball around with baseball hero Joe Pepitone. Doug's prized possession is a signed Pepitone jacket which he must hid from his brother who will likely destroy it if he ever finds it. Joe hates his new town and starts to find friends in unusual places through his saturday grocery delivery route and in Mr. Powell, a libraian who teaches joe how to draw the birds in AUdohons book of birds. Joe learns that the picture in the book, which are rare and prized, are being sold off by the town when they are in need of money. Joe becomes protector of the book and vows to get the pictures back. Joe's world comes crashing down on him when his brother is accused of a crime and the whole town once again begins to treat Doug like a criminal. But because of his pledge to the birds doug is able to keep moving forward despite family troubles at home when an abusive father and brother in vietnam and prove who he really his not only to others but to himself too.
I loved this book. It was a little slow in the beginning but is well worth the first 50 or 60 pages that are hard to get through. Doug is a very relastic character and has a rebirth by the end of the play where he realizes that all the things he cared about, Joe Pepitone for one, aren't as important as the people who have an active role in his life. The plot is well tied together with the underlying plot of the bird book and has an underlying theme of the power of belief and the effect that it can have on someone when it comes to making them believe in themselves.
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