Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

March 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm 1 comment

Okay for Now

Summary: As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Reviews: 
I think this book is distinguished in that it shows a boy, named Doug, who really tries to separate himself from his family, except his mom, until later in the book. Then he and his mom and two brothers bond… but not his dad. Most books show people bonding; this one doesn’t at least until the end. I also like the way they threw in Lil, who becomes Doug’s really good friend.
– Olivia

What makes this book distinguished is a lot of things. This book is about a boy named Doug who’s just moved and is still getting over it. He moves to a place called Marysville, New York. He calls it Marysville the dump, so you can see he doesn’t like this place, but that changes through the story. Anyway, one thing that makes this book distinguished is that it was set in 1968 in the past, so it is a lot different than other books I’ve read. Another thing that makes this book distinguished is that all the chapters are named after birds, because he draws a bird in every chapter. The last thing that makes this book distinguished is that everything on the cover makes sense. I know it might not seem so at first, but you will get it after you read the book. I hope you like this book. It is very distinguished and it deserves the OPLbery award.-James

The book Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, just might be the OPLbery winner for this year. This novel is set in 1968, when moon missions are going on, and the Vietnam war is raging.  The main character’s actions just make you want to turn the page (and they made me want to draw!). Here are some things to consider as you start the book:
Why does the guy have a bag on his head?
Why is there an unraveled baseball at his feet?
What’s this thing with birds?!
So overall, this book is the best I’ve read in OPLbery so far, and I think EVERYONE should take a crack at this book.-Lucas

This book is about a boy named Douglas who is very upset when he moves to a new town. Doug’s feelings about the town gradually change throughout the book as he gets more used to the town.  I think this book is okay, but not OPLbery worthy.  I’m glad that I read this book, but I’m also glad I never have to read it again.-Skyler

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  • 1. James  |  May 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I agree with lucas this is my favorite opl book this year so far
    -James

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