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by Schmidt, Gary D.

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Schmidt
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
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CLP - Lawrenceville Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Schmidt
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j CD Schmidt
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA CD BOOK FIC SCH
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction Recorded Book RB F YA SCHMIDT 2011 CRAFTON 10/11
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“The Dump” is what Doug Swieteck calls his new home in upstate New York. He lands there in the summer of 1968, when the Apollo space missions are under way, Joe Pepitone is slugging for the New York Yankees, and the Vietnam War is raging. At home he lives with a father who has lost his way and a brother accused of robbery. And Doug’s oldest brother is returning from Vietnam. Who knows what wounds his missions have given him?

But Doug has his own mission, too, and it begins when he first sees the plates of John James Audubon’s Birds of America at the local library. His mission will lead him to Lil Spicer, who shows him how to drink a really cold Coke, to Mrs. Windermere, who drags him to a theater opening, and to the customers of his Saturday grocery deliveries, who together will open a world as strange to him as the lunar landscape.

Swieteck, who first appeared in Gary D. Schmidt’s Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars , will discover the transforming power of art over disaster in a story about creativity and loss, love and recovery, and survival.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In this stand-alone companion to The Wednesday Wars (2007), a Newbery Honor Book set in the late 1960s, Schmidt focuses on Holling Hoodhood's classmate Doug Swieteck, who is furious when his volatile father gets fired and moves the family to tiny Marysville, New York. Eighth grade gets off to a rocky start, particularly after Doug's brother is blamed for a series of local break-ins, and Doug, too, is viewed with suspicion. Life at home with his hard-drinking dad is rocky as well, especially after Doug's second brother returns from Vietnam without his legs. In addition to brief character references, this title shares much with The Wednesday Wars. Here, John James Audubon's portraits of birds, rather than Shakespeare's plays, provide a cultural awakening, and once again, Schmidt skillfully makes a reluctant boy's connection with the works a plausible and moving catalyst for strength and growth. Schmidt stretches credibility with another wish-fulfilling ending, but readers will likely forgive any plot contrivances as they enjoy Doug's distinctive, rhythmic narration, inventively peppered wit. stat. about his life, which reveals hard, sometimes shocking truths about the time period and, most of all, Doug's family. Delivered in a wholly believable voice, Doug's euphemisms are heartbreaking and authentic, as when he describes his dad's violence. He has quick hands. Reproductions of Audubon plates introduce each chapter in this stealthily powerful, unexpectedly affirming story of discovering and rescuing one's best self, despite family pressure to do otherwise.--Engberg, Gillia. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This companion to The Wednesday Wars follows the formula of Schmidt's Newbery Honor winner with less success. Doug Swieteck, a prankster in the previous book, has graver problems than Holling Hoodhood did, making the interplay of pathos and slapstick humor an uneasy fit. In summer 1968, the Swietecks leave Long Island for the Catskills, where Doug's father has found work. Doug's mother (like Holling's) is kind but ineffectual; Mr. Swieteck is a brutish jerk. His abuse of his three sons, one of whom is currently in Vietnam, happens mostly offstage, but one episode of unthinkable cruelty is recounted as a flashback to explain why Doug refuses to take off his shirt in gym class. Doug does make two key friends: Lil, whose father owns the deli for which Doug becomes delivery boy, and the less fleshed-out Mr. Powell, a librarian who instantly sees Doug's potential as an artist. There are lovely moments, but the late addition of an implausible subplot in which Lil, who has never shown an interest in acting, is drafted for a role in a Broadway play, seems desultory considering the story's weightier elements. Ages 10-14. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851. -- Birds of America -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Dysfunctional families -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Junior high schools -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Friendship -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Coming of age -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Junior high schools -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Broadway (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Broadway (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Listening Library,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Hoppe, Lincoln, 1971-
Listening Library.
Participants/Performers Read by Lincoln Hoppe.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780307915894
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