Just Like That
In this poignant, perceptive, witty novel, Gary D. Schmidt brings authenticity and emotion to multiple plot strands, weaving in themes of grief, loss, redemption, achievement, and love. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.
JLG Release: Mar 2021
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School Library Journal
8 3/10" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.9; Points: 15;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: Death , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Mild Language , Crime: Gang/Organized Crime , Medical: Animal Anatomy/Reproduction
Boarding schools, Preparatory schools, Gangs, Theft, Grief, Death, Loneliness, Teenagers, Maine, Conduct of life, Friendship, First loves, Homelessness, Social classes, Classism, Vietnam War (1961–1975), 1960s US history,