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We don't really know what type of cancer Lillian has in Okay For Now. In fact, the word 'cancer' is never mentioned in the story. According to the text, we initially discover that Lillian is sick...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 9:10 pm UTC

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In the opening chapter of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now, what stands out for Doug in the Audubon plate titled the Arctic Tern is the "round and terrified eye." Because of the terror in the bird's...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 7:13 am UTC

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Another conflict in Okay for Now is Doug versus himself (character versus self). In chapter 3, Doug is upset that Jane Eyre is the assigned reading for his English class. He insists that he will...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2017 6:23 pm UTC

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The theme of “Okay for Now” has to do with optimism in the face of adversity, and the sense that, however bad things might be at any given moment, the future will be better. This optimism is not...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 7:57 pm UTC

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The most significant changes in the novel occur in Doug Swieteck, the protagonist. In part because of his own initiative and in part through the efforts of his brothers, friends, and teachers, he...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 11:57 pm UTC

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Figurative language refers to any figures of speech a writer uses to create deeper meaning and impact the reader. A figure of speech simply refers to any words used in a non-literal sense....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 1:21 am UTC

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In the 2011 children’s novel Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, Mrs. Windemere is a celebrated playwright whom fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck delivers groceries to on Saturdays. After moving from...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019 2:12 am UTC

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In the book, a picture of a bird begins every chapter. One of the pictures shows an Arctic Tern, and this fascinates Doug because it depicts a swiftly falling bird, "heading down into the water,...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016 5:37 pm UTC

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One of the most important events in chapter 6 of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now is that Doug is called into Principal Peattie's office and told he needs to make up the wrestling unit he has missed,...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016 9:42 am UTC

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The first important event is the moment Doug meets and starts to become friends with Lil in the opening chapter. They don't hit it off the first time they meet because she thinks he looks like a...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 9:32 am UTC

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In Chapter 4 of Okay For Now, Doug Swieteck is utterly distraught when Coach Reed inadvertently rips his shirt off in gym class. The coach was annoyed at Doug for refusing to stay on the skins team...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 6:56 am UTC

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In the book, the Yellow Shank bird is associated with the dark woods. However, the metaphor "dark woods" represents the defining moment of confrontation between Doug and his abusive father. To...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 3:02 pm UTC

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In Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now, one of the most helpful adults in Doug's life is Mr. Ferris, his science teacher. One way in which Mr. Ferris helps Doug is by comforting Doug through letting him...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 8:57 am UTC

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Doug is loyal and loving; he is especially considerate to his mother because he knows that she often bears the full brunt of his father's bad temper. She went back to the pots, all lined up on the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

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Chapter 10 of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now reveals to us the story's resolution. Since the story has multiple minor conflicts, multiple resolutions are needed to bring the story to a complete,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 6:36 am UTC

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Joe Pepitone is important in Okay For Now because he represents all that is right in the world for Doug. There is not much right in Doug's world. He lives in a world of physical and emotional...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2015 2:44 pm UTC

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Doug meeting and becoming friends with Lil Spicer is one of the most important events in the novel. At first, Lil doesn't think much of him because he acts the way his oldest brother, Lucas, acts...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 5:55 am UTC

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One of the most important aspects of the resolution revealed in chapter 10 of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now is that Doug has learned to face tribulations with courage and no longer feels terrified of...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 9:39 am UTC

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As Gary Schmidt's novel Okay for Now progresses, Doug becomes less of a bully and feels less rejected and isolated from the world. He eventually feels bold enough to take on whatever adventures...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 4:08 am UTC

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A signpost in literature is a recognizable point within a text that one can identify as a significant point in the text. These points of action illuminate aspects of plot, theme, and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 12:32 am UTC

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"The Arctic Tern" refers to the title of the very first plate drawn by John James Audubon that Doug looked at and admired his first time visiting the library. The plate depicts a bird called an...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016 8:52 am UTC

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In Gary Schmidt's 2011 young adult novel, Okay for Now, the protagonist, Doug Swieteck, is one of three boys. The oldest is overseas fighting in the Vietnam war at the start of the novel, but Doug...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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This quote on page 330 of Gary D. Schmidt's novel "Okay For Now" represents a pivotal point in the life of the protagonist, Doug. In the novel, Doug has just moved to a new town with his abusive...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

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Okay for Now is the sequel to Gary Schmidt's book The Wednesday Wars. Doug Swieteck is a minor character in The Wednesday Wars and is the main character in Okay for Now. Doug is a young boy, only...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 1:48 pm UTC

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At the end of chapter 8, titled “The Brown Pelican,” Doug Swieteck concludes that his brother Christopher is like the Brown Pelican in that both are balanced and stable. Doug makes this comparison...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 5:33 pm UTC

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It's in chapter 3 of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now that the plate titled Arctic Tern from the Audubon book in the public library goes missing, and the drawing has been replaced with a plate titled...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 12:36 am UTC

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In chapter 5 of Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now, the reader figures out along with Doug that Mr. Swieteck stole the prizes from the baseball trivia contest that were intended for Doug. Doug figures...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 7:53 am UTC

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When writing in second person, the author has the narrator refer to the protagonist by the second-person pronoun you. Doing so can make it seem that the narrator is scolding the protagonist or the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016 10:25 am UTC

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Doug's father is an abusive drunk. Not all the time, perhaps, but on most days. Doug calls these days "wrong days," and with good reason. Because when Mr. Swieteck is drunk, then it's never the...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 12:45 pm UTC

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A static character is defined as one who does not change over the course of a work. There are several static characters in Okay for Now. These are primarily the minor characters whose presence and...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 12:21 am UTC

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One of the most pressing thoughts that the reader has regarding Doug is that he is in a world of transition. In nearly every aspect of his life, transition is evident. He has moved into a new...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2014 2:40 pm UTC

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Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now is narrated in what we call first-person-protagonist point of view. This point of view is told from the perspective of the main character who relays his/ her own story...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 10:14 am UTC

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There is going to be possibly some slight variation for the answer to this question. The reason for that is because different editions of the book will have slightly different word counts per page,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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Doug was motivated by the fact that he discovered his talent in drawing and his interest in art. He visited the library in Marysville and was impressed by what he saw inside. It was at this point...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 7:18 am UTC

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Doug faces a lot of worries throughout Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now. These worries concern his home life, school life, and daily personal life.At home, Doug has to worry about facing his father's...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 7:56 am UTC

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Doug is forced to get a tattoo on his birthday by his abusive alcoholic father. The father clearly feels that this is a necessary rite of passage for his son—that a tattoo will constitute a very...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 7:08 am UTC

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On the whole, Doug Swieteck is an amazingly good kid. He has every opportunity to turn into a real jerk of a kid. It's what he sees and knows from home because his home life is terrible. His father...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2018 3:54 pm UTC

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One of the most significant elements in Schimdt's Okay for Now is that Doug is one his own. He lacks much in way of a basic resource network. Along these lines, two other significant thing to...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2014 11:07 pm UTC

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In Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now, Doug absolutely loves the New York Yankees. He sees them as role models because the ballplayers achieve great things. Since he admires them so much, ballplayers like...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 6:06 am UTC

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The inciting incident that sparks Doug's father's change of character comes in chapter 8, after Christopher has just been arrested for burglary. Doug finds his father with Ernie Eco, as usual....

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018 9:15 pm UTC

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Okay for Now is full of metaphorical comparisons between the characters and different types of birds found in the illustrated Birds of America. The Arctic Tern represents Lucas, Doug's brother. In...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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The conflict in this chapter is subtle, and it takes place early on, between Mrs. Windermere's friend, Mr. Gregory, and Doug's girlfriend, Lil. When Doug and Lil go to visit Mrs. Windermere one...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 5:54 pm UTC

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Chapter 1 sets the stage for Doug's adventure in his new town of Marysville, though at first it doesn't seem like his move there will be an enjoyable or beneficial one, especially since he has an...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2013 8:57 pm UTC

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Because Okay for Now is a work of fiction, the core values that one reader takes away from the text might differ from another. However, there are many themes explored heavily in the novel that...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 10:47 pm UTC

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Doug meets Lil early on in the story, and they are united in friendship around the town library and his job at her father's shop where he is the delivery boy. Doug encounters many hardships and...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2015 12:55 am UTC

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Doug has a rough life. His brothers are criminals in the making, and they abuse him almost as much as his father does. Doug's father is not afraid to verbally and physically abuse Doug, and...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2016 3:16 pm UTC

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Familial love is an important theme in Okay for Now. One place where love emerges strongly is when Doug tries a tough love approach with Lucas, who sustained serious injuries while serving in...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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Okay for Now is a book that presents readers with so many different conflicts and relationships that it is somewhat amazing that the author was able to cram so much in to the story. One such...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 8:00 pm UTC

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In his book Okay for Now, Gary Schmidt uses a subtle, very respectful approach to address troubling topics like abuse. Rather than focusing on the gory details, as so many other authors feel it...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 8:42 am UTC

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Doug goes to the Marysville public library thanks to the girl on the bicycle (he later learns her name is Lil). In the library, he is not only exposed to books but to art. On prominent display is...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020 10:03 pm UTC

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