I found out it’s considered Middle Grade March! I am not a big middle grade reader but I did read some while teaching that age group. It’s how I fell in love with one book Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Okay for Now was a book push on the Currently Reading podcast this past week, which made me think of it.
So my Friday Connection today is for five books by Gary D. Schmidt. I haven’t read all of them but I do own four of them.
I have linked the books to Goodreads in case you want to find out more as I haven’t given the blurbs of the books.
I’ve read Okay for Now a couple of times – once aloud to a class. It has Doug as its main protagonist along with Lil. They form a wonderful friendship. Doug has just arrived in a new town and has a hard life at home. Eventually he finds some very good relationships, but… let’s just say tissues were needed.
I really need to reread this one as its now a good eight years since I read it last. I have a copy!
The Wednesday Wars has a wonderful character called Holling Hoodhood, a seventh grader. He too has things to deal with. I loved how he grew in this book. It was another winner for me.
Just Like That is the latest one published in January 2021. It’s one I am about to read. I’ve heard we say good bye to a character I love in this one so feeling a little cautious. This time it’s about a girl who goes off to boarding school and Matt who is in ownership of a pillowcase full of money.
Pay Attention Carter Jones is about someone called Carter who has a burden of grief and anger and has to deal with a butler who turns up on his doorstep. I need to read it, its awaiting me.
And another one awaiting me. The blurb says it’s a tender heart breaking book. I have it but might be the last one I read. Orbiting Jupiter.
I’ll have to be needing to read a sad book when I get to it by the sounds of it.