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English

ISBN: 0547152604

EAN: 9780547152608

Category: Juvenile Fiction / Family / General/Juvenile Fiction / School & Education/Juvenile Fiction / General

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Release Date: 04/05/2011

Age Range: 10-14

Synopsis: 2011 National Book Award FinalistAs 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 Audubons 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.

Awards: American Library Association Notable Books for Children – null  Beehive Young Adults Book Award – null  Black-Eyed Susan Book Award – null  Georgia Childrens Book Award – null  Grand Canyon Reader Award – null  Maud Hart Lovelace Award – null  National Book Awards – null  Nevada Young Readers Award – null  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year – null  Teen Buckeye Book Award – null  Volunteer State Book Award – null  Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award – null  Young Hoosier Book Award – null  Young Readers Choice Award – null 

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Illustrated: Yes

Format: Hardcover

Height: 1.13 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

Length: 8.25 inches

Weight: 16.68 oz

Pages: 368