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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
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Sep 17, 12

bookshelves: great-ya-books
Read in September, 2012

Wonderful book for teen readers and adults. Absolutely loved the voice and the story. Time period is especially interesting - 1968. The Apollo landing is in news, the Vietnam war still rages. Doug is an eighth grader in a family with a brutal father, a beautiful loving mother, and two older brothers who imitate their father in their treatment of Doug. Doug's love of baseball and his idolization of Yankees slugger Joe Pepitone provide a thread that there are things to love and hope for. The most enjoyable sections for me were Doug's discovery of his own artistic eye and ability to draw. Doug cannot read but he stumbles into the Marysville Library and a display of Audubon's Birds of America. With the encouragement of the library's curator, Doug finds inspiration and courage. A beautiful aspect to the story is the change that takes place in so many of the characters who are all richly drawn. There is a teacher in this story I especially loved. OKAY FOR NOW is a masterful example of realistic fiction.
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