In Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, Doug Swieteck is an ordinary 8th grader with a troubled life. He calls his new house, "the Dump", his brother is accused of stealing, his oldest brother comes back from the war without his legs, and his father is always having Ernie Eco, the jerk, over for dinner. In fact, the most interesting thing in Doug's life are the drawings of the birds in the public library. This is a stunning story of sadness, hope, and depression. Gary Schmidt really makes you understand Doug, and what he is going through. He puts you in Doug's shoes as he learns the meaning of friendship, life, love, sorrow, and how not to be a chump. I would recommend this book to anyone over 11, for it is a beautifully written gem.