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Okay for Now | [Gary D. Schmidt]

Okay for Now

As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.
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As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt.

As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain. In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubons birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.

©2011 Gary D. Schmidt (P)2011 Listening Library

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    Katie E. Martens katie 06-10-14
    Katie E. Martens katie 06-10-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Funny, smart, sweet, and sad all at once"
    Where does Okay for Now rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doug, the skinny thug, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?

    Doug again, though he does a great job with all of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh wow I'm not creative enough for this question, but maybe something like: "A skinny thug's guide to surviving Junior High, and family."


    Any additional comments?

    I was so glad to see a follow on book to Schmidt's "Wednesday Wars" (Which is an absolutely perfect story and should be read by everyone!), and a lot of the same elements were present in this book. Just as in Wednesday Wars, the characters immediately come to life and you can't help but truly love, or completely despise, them. Schmidt writes with impeccable wit and charisma, and laughs come quickly and easily. This book had some darker and sadder elements than Wednesday Wars, and was a little more far-fetched in some of the resolutions. But over all it was a great listen and I wish I had more!

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    Bonnie Orem, UT, United States 05-18-14
    Bonnie Orem, UT, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story. LOVED the narrator!"
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    Have you listened to any of Lincoln Hoppe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will be looking.


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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-17-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    Loved Schmidt's book Wednesday's Wars and was not disappointed in this book which continues the life of the main character's best friend.

    Book is intended for teens - but crosses the adult divide and makes for a nice lite listen. Lincoln is a great reader and perfect match for the central character.

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