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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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Carley’s life is a mess. Her stepdad Dennis attacked her and her mom, landing them in the hospital and him in jail. Now, while her mom is recovering, she has to go into foster care. Her family: a kind couple and their three boys, named the Murphys. Julie Murphy is determined to help Carley’s heart heal, the boys are working their way into her affection, and she has found a new best friend: Toni. Just when everything is finally starting to get better, Carley’s mom sends her some news: news that might just destroy everything.

 

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