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Gary D. Schmidt - Author

About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Michigan and has six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2019

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep. He announces he is here to stay to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum and love of cricket. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared. Sparkling with humour, this insightful and compassionate story is the latest from the award-winning author of Orbiting Jupiter.

So Tall within Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

So Tall within Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2018

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost.

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2015

A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost.

Okay for Now

Okay for Now

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2011

';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.

First Boy

First Boy

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Mr. Heavy Legs walked past Cooper and got into the jeep. He turned on the ignition and backed up to Cooper. He handed him a card with a single phone number on it. ';I'm not forcing you to come, kid. Not yet. But things are going to start happening fast. Very fast. Call if you want me. And one thing more: Next time I see you, I won't be asking you to come.'';Do you know what happened to my father?'';Of course I do,' said Mr. Heavy Legs.Then he drove away.';You're my first boy, Cooper, my first boy,' his grandfather tells him just before he dies. Now, 14-year-old Cooper Jewett has no one, not even a dog to keep him company. The only thing that keeps him goingis looking after the dairy farm.All of a sudden, strangeand inexplicable things begin to happen. Big men in suits with black sedans are all over Cooper's small New Hampshire town. The President of theUnited States invites Cooper for a chat at her headquarters. Her opponent insists that Cooper join him on his campaign. Cooper's house is searched at night, and his barn is burned down. His neighbors, even the sheriff, are behaving strangely. Why?

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turners father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but theres a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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