Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt/LIVE webcast!

Click to read the first chapter
I am a big fan of Gary Schmidt! The Wednesday Wars is one of my favorite books. One of the characters from The Wednesday Wars is starring in his new book, Okay For Now, which releases April 5. Though there is a cross over in characters, Okay for Now is not a sequel, but a companion to The Wednesday Wars

Description:

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the “skinny thug” that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer—a fiery young lady who “smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.” In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.

You can read the first chapter of Okay for Now by clicking on the caption under the book cover above. You can also watch a video of Schmidt discussing the book below. 

As if that's not enough, you can also watch a live webcast with Gary Schmidt on Monday, May 9, 2011 1:00pm EST. Sign up here.

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