Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Doug’s family is a disaster. His oldest brother Lucas is in the army fighting the war in Vietnam, and they haven’t heard from him in almost a year. His parents do nothing but fight, and his dad seems to hate his three sons.

But Doug may have the opportunity for a new life when his family moves to a small town in Northern New York State. Here he meets a girl named Lil Spicer, who rides a pink bike and teaches him to drink a really cold Coke; an old man at the library who shows him how to draw; and Doug gets a job as a grocery delivery boy for Lil’s father. But just when he thinks he may be okay in this town, his brother Christopher is accused of stealing from multiple stores, and there is no way to convince the police that he is innocent.

Doug is capable of rising to the occasion, but will it be enough?

 

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Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Luke’s book, written at church camp, is suddenly a best seller. He’s off on a promotional tour down Route 66 — a tour which might get a little crazy. Matt, Luke’s happy-go-lucky brother, is driving him, Matt’s girlfriend Alex, and Alex’s sister Fran.  Completely the wrong group of people for this kind of road trip! Luke used to be in love with Fran — before she changed — and now he’s desperate to reclaim her as the girl she once was.

 

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tab, Em, and Bridge have been best friends since fourth grade. Now they’re in middle school, and things are starting to change.

For one thing, Patrick is interested in Em — and he wants a picture from her. And Bridge has met Sherm and is having friend dates for cinnamon toast at the local diner. An anonymous teenager is struggling with the fact that she betrayed her best friend to get in with the popular girl on Valentine’s Day. Through it all, Bridge, Em, and Tab stick to their best friendship, which has only one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through this craziness?

 

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The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Katie is Amish and lives in her community with little outside contact. She is coming close to her Rumspringa, a time when teens go out into the world and then come back to be baptized and join the community as adults. Katie was looking forward to experiencing the outside world and all the things it holds that the Amish don’t believe in.

But when a helicopter crashes into the cornfields and there is news of mass population disappearance, the Amish shut their doors to the world believing that God will take care of everything. To ensure their safety no one enters or leaves the community. But when Katie finds a young English man laying outside the fence at nature’s mercy she secretly breaks the Elders’ rule and brings him in to care for him. What comes next is for you to read.

 

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sal’s mom left a year ago, and Sal is desperate to see her again and bring her back. Her grandparents decide to take her from Ohio to Idaho for a visit, and along the way, as entertainment, Sal decides to tell them the story of her past year with her friend Phoebe. Phoebe’s mom left, too, but much more mysteriously, and Phoebe is convinced that her mother has been kidnapped by her next door neighbor. Nothing is as it seems, whether it be why Phoebe’s mom is kissing a “lunatic” or even why Sal’s own mother left her. Sprinkled with just the right amount of humor, and a few blackberry kisses, this is a sweet story that I think people should read.

 

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