Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
OKAY FOR NOW
In the midst of helping to care for my 90-year-old father and preparing to fly to the funeral of my dear aunt (my father's younger sister) in Phoenix, AZ, I've been reading Gary D. Schmidt's OKAY FOR NOW as I can squeeze it in. The book would not be a typical pick for Valentine reading. It's not an overt love story, but when I finished it yesterday (Valentine's Day), I realized it is ultimately a love story on many different levels. OKAY FOR NOW is also a master example of "show, don't tell" as it is vividly "told" through the remarkable voice of 14-year-old Doug Swieteck with humor and honesty and, most notably, without sentimentality. An added bonus--Not only do I feel enriched by an array of unusual characters, but also by a new, deeper understanding of art and design through the careful and caring teachings of Mr. Powell. Now you have to read the book to find out more...
David, thank you for recommending this book a number of months ago! It's been on my "to read" list since then, and I'm so happy I finally got to it.
So, my pick for Valentine's Day is OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt, and in the midst of family turmoil, I am feeling okay for now--in fact, far better than "okay" after having read this book!