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Clarion Books, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 360 pages
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2011 National Book Award Finalist

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.

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User Review  - mcorbink - LibraryThing

Doug is in middle school. If that isn't bad enough, he lives with an abusive Dad. It looks like his brothers are going to turn out just like their Dad. Unexpected events, a strong main character, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - SebastianHagelstein - LibraryThing

One good thing about this book is that it included many of the things going in during that time - 1968. Schmidt references the space program, the Vietnam War, baseball, and other facts that place the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Gary D. Schmidt is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. His most recent novel is The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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