Okay For Now
Schmidt, Gary D. Okay For Now. Boston, MA: Clarion Books, c2011. 360 pages.
From the publisher: "Okay For Now explores a seemingly improbable alliance between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss. With her challenging assistance, Doug discovers new sides of himself. Along the way, he also readjusts his relationship with his abusive father, his school peers, and his older brother, a newly returned war victim of Vietnam."
Told in the voice of Doug, the main character, you will find him to be likeable, practical, and talented in non-typical ways. He makes some unusual friends around his new neighborhood and begins a quest to replace some things that are missing, discovering a special mentor and talent in the process. While his home life is sometimes painful, Doug makes the best of things, and you will be glad for him when the book ends.
This book is on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2015-2016. Recommended for junior high and above. Review by Mrs. Belknap