Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Okay for Now (Clarion, 2011) by Gary D. Schmidt is about Doug Swieteck (who appeared in the Wednesday Wars*). He's older now, 12. It's 1968. His abusive father has lost his job and the family has to move away from NYC to a small town in upstate NY. Doug nicknames the house "The Dump." There's nothing to do in the town, but he follows this girl to the library. Of course, Doug doesn't want her to know he's following her so he goes to the top floor where he's captured by a picture under glass - a tern by Audubon.
I just love this kid. Feel sorry for him at how he's treated by his father and brother; how people suspect him to be a criminal; not knowing how to read; his loneliness in a new town.
Gary D. Schmidt is a two time Newbery honor winner. On his site you'll find an interview of him about this book. For anyone looking for an example of great voice, this story is excellent.
*You don't have to have read the other book to enjoy this one, although it's great, too. But if you want to know more about it, go here on the author's site.