The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Junior High

by Karen Walch | Aug 20, 2021

Gary D Schmidt is a master of writing about struggles in junior high--and about great people who ease the way. His junior high voice is right on.

The Wednesday Wars
by Gary D Schmidt

This is the story of Holling Hoodhood and his seventh grade life in 1967. Being the only Protestant at his school, Holling has an hour alone with his English teacher while the Jews and Catholics go to religious training--and he is sure his English teacher hates him because she is making him learn about Shakespeare. Follow Holling as he learns some great curses from Shakespeare, as he worries about two escaped rats that are scampering in the junior high ceiling, and as he tries to go on a date with Meryl Lee Kowalski without much money and without many social skills.

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Okay for Now by Now
by Gary D Schmidt

Okay for Now follows The Wednesday Wars and is about Holling's friend Doug Swieteck who has to leave his friends and move to a stupid town and a stupid school when his dad loses his job. To make matters worse, he gets judged by many people for the actions of his brother who seems to be committing some crimes in the town. Life is hard in a new place, but Doug finds an unexpected connection in the library with a kind librarian and a valuable book by John James Audubon.

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Orbiting Jupiter
by Gary D Schmidt

The story of Joseph Brook, a foster kid in 8th grade. Some things you need to know about him: He was incarcerated at Stone Mountain, he almost killed a teacher, he doesn't let anyone touch him--and he has a daughter named Jupiter that he has never seen. Joseph faces all sorts of prejudice at the junior high--both from students and teachers. But he also has some staunch supporters: Jack, his 6th grade foster brother, and Coach Swieteck (Doug Swieteck's brother!) Joseph is determined to see his daughter, just once.

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Just Like That
by Gary D Schmidt

Schmidt's latest book follows Meryl Lee Kowalski, from The Wednesday Wars, after she suffers a devastating loss and leaves home for a year to attend a boarding school in Maine. The girls are encouraged to become accomplished by finding their talent. Meryl Lee just isn't sure she has a talent. Matt Coffin, another member of the town, shows up without any family, but with a pillowcase full of money. He and Meryl Lee get to know each other as Meryl Lee learns to deal with loss and Matt learns to trust enough to find a home. Important: read The Wednesday Wars before you read this book.

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