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National Book Award Finalist "[A] stealthily powerful, unexpectedly affirming story of discovering and rescuing one’s best self."—Booklist, starred review In this companion novel to The Wednesday Wars, Doug struggles to be more than the "skinny thug" that some people think him to be. He... show more
National Book Award Finalist "[A] stealthily powerful, unexpectedly affirming story of discovering and rescuing one’s best self."—Booklist, starred review In this companion novel to The Wednesday Wars, Doug struggles to be more than the "skinny thug" that some people think him to be. He finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, who gives him the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. 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.
Publish date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Wow wow wow! This is what I'm here for. The first book from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf that I enjoyed. When I started I worried it was going to be too much. But then I got into the characters and the story and it's one of those books you can't stop reading (which leads to you almost crying ...
This is one of those books I wouldn't have read on my own but that ended up to be a worthwhile read nonetheless. It starts out a little slow and ends feeling a bit overpacked and jumbled, but has a long, satisfying stretch of "middle" inbetween.The voice is what makes this book shine. Gary Schmidt m...
Touching realistic fiction story about a boy growing up in 1968. How the Vietnam war touches his family and how he learns that he can do whatever he wants, makes a very touching story. It has some sad moments but the ending is hopeful.
1.5 starsI tried to like this, I really did, but Doug was entirely too annoying for me to care about him as a character. The repetitive and obnoxious statements of "So what? So what?", "Do you know what it feels like?" "stupid" and "I'm not lying" were enough to make me want to throw my Kindle (I di...
Why I waited so long to read this book is beyond me. I instantly fell in love with Doug and even though he is a chump (don’t you just love that!) his view of the world is always optimist. Being the target of many, he knows what’s headed his way, yet he doesn’t dwell on the negative aspects of it, ...