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Contributor(s): Schmidt, Gary D. (Author)

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ISBN: 0544022807     ISBN-13: 9780544022805
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2013
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 10-12
Grade Level: 5-7
Lexile Measure: 850(Not Available)
Guided Reading: Y (Grade 6)
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5" W x 7.6" (0.65 lbs) 368 pages
Themes:
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Chronological Period - 1960's
- Sex & Gender - Boy's Interest
- Topical - Adolescence/Coming of Age
- Topical - Teen
- Topical - Boy's Interest
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143203
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
 
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Publisher Description:

Beloved author Gary D. Schmidt expertly blends comedy and tragedy in the story of Doug Swieteck, an unhappy "teenage thug" first introduced in The Wednesday Wars, who finds consolation and a sense of possibility in friendship and art.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this absorbing novel centers on Doug, 14, who has an abusive father, a bully for a brother, a bad reputation, and shameful secrets to keep. Teachers and police and his relatives think he's worthless, and he believes them, holding others at arm's length. Newly arrived in town, he starts out on the same path--antagonizing other kids, mouthing off to teachers, contemptuous of everything intimidating or unfamiliar. Who would have thought that the public library would turn out to be a refuge and an inspiration, that a snooty librarian might be a friend, or that snarky redheaded Lil would like him--really like him? With more than his share of pain, including the return of his oldest brother from the Vietnam War, shattered and angry, will Doug find anything better than "okay for now"?


Contributor Bio(s): Schmidt, Gary D.: - Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
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