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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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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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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 Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Gaby has a happy life, living in Berlin, Germany with her astronomer father and violin teacher mother. She and her best friend Rosa are in the same class, her teacher is her idol, and her sister Ulla has a nice boyfriend. They spend their summers at the lake house next door to Albert Einstein’s. But all is not right — World War II has broken out right there in Berlin, and Nazi activists are turning up everywhere, trying to get Gaby and Rosa to join their ranks. And there is something weird about Ulla’s boyfriend, something not quite right. Worst of all, people are burning Gaby’s beloved books!

 

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