It's 1968 and Doug Swietek's father has just been fired from his job. Suddenly, he uproots the entire family and moves to 'stupid' Marysville, NY. Doug doesn't know anybody in town. At home, his father is physically abusive and his older brother steals anything good Doug has ever owned. His oldest brother, Lucas, is fighting in Viet Nam. As school starts, Doug finds that he has to fight to separate himself from his brother's reputation as a hoodlum. Slowly, Doug starts to make friends and establish his own reputation, at least with some people. Through the art work of James Audobon, his friend Lil Spicer and a few caring adults, Doug finds that not only do some people care about him, but he can care about others as well. 'Do you know what that feels like?'
Similar books: Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Date read: 5/17/2013