Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now
By: Gary D. Schmidt
ISBN-10: 0547152604
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In 1968 Doug and his family move to a new town that is tiny and sweltering hot. The people also don’t seem very friendly. While things are rough at home, the only thing that keeps Doug’s spirits up is his love for baseball. But when Doug visits the town’s library he discovers a bird book and finds a passion for drawing he never knew he had that might just turn his life around.

It includes:

• Stealing
• Fighting
• Cutting school
• The main character’s family is very poor
• Doug’s father is abusive to his children and wife
• A father forces his son to get an embarrassing tattoo (this scene is rather disturbing)
• A kiss on the cheek
• A father is an alcoholic and goes to bars with his buddies

Okay for Now explores the life of a young boy as he is bullied and finds hope again. This is a middle grade book but might be iffy for some younger readers.

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