Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

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Hand this book to the kid:

* Who loves to draw

* Has moved/is moving to a new school

* Is dealing/has dealt with a tough home life (abusive caretakers and poverty)

* Has a relative or family friend who is a war veteran

* Who needs a little hope

Use this to teach:

* Voice–The narrator, 14-year-old Doug Swieteck (a minor character in Schmidt’s Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars), talks directly to the reader at times, inviting us into his tough world laced with hope.

* Types of Conflict--This story has it all–character vs. character (Doug against his father and brother), nature (inadequately-dressed Doug schlepping through snow to deliver groceries), society (poverty, Doug’s older brother stationed in Vietnam)  and self (Doug’s older brother finding the courage to reenter society as a disabled war veteran).

Curriculum Guide here.

The Nitty Gritty~

Publisher: Clarion

Publication Date: 2011

ISBN: 9780547152608

Number of Pages: 368

Reading Level: 4.9

Interest Level: Middle Grade (ages 10-14)

5 responses to “Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

  1. Just came over from Mike Jung’s link on Facebook. Your blog looks great. I loved this book, and you’re dead on about the voice. 🙂

  2. Natalie Dias Lorenzi

    Thanks for stopping by, Becky!

    I *loved* OKAY FOR NOW–I can’t stop recommending it to people. 🙂

  3. What a great idea for a blog! I’ll be sure to spread the word. 🙂

  4. Natalie Dias Lorenzi

    Thanks, Anna!

  5. Pingback: Book Review: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (5/5). Combining Abuse, Disability, Theft, Birds, and Jane Eyre | Taking on a World of Words

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