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Barnes & Noble Selects Children’s Novel for the Barnes & Noble Recommends Program “Main Selection”: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt


First Time That a Children’s Novel Has Been Chosen Since the Program Launched Over Four Years Ago

New York, NY - - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that Gary D. Schmidt’s new novel, Okay for Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the latest “Main Selection” and the first-ever children’s novel chosen for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program since it was launched more than four years ago. The book is on sale now and can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & (, or instantly downloaded on the NOOK™ family of eBook Readers (

Out of the thousands of books considered for Recommends, Okay for Now was chosen because it is a stirring novel with an artistic touch that transcends age. The Barnes & Noble Recommends program celebrates books that are “unputdownable” and sure to be unforgettable.

“This is a powerful story that will stay with the reader. It transcends time in the same way as The Outsiders and The Giver,” said Mary Amicucci, vice president of children’s books at Barnes & Noble. “It’s about people learning how to care for each other by seeing beyond what’s on the surface. Through incredible characters and a compelling story, everyone can relate to and connect with Okay for Now.”

Doug Swieteck tells the reader, “Joe Pepitone once gave me his New York Yankees baseball cap. I’m not lying. He gave it to me. To me, Doug Swieteck. To me.” And so begins Okay for Now. When Doug’s older brother steals his prized possession – a baseball cap signed by Doug’s favorite baseball player, Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone – Doug is convinced things can’t get worse. But they do. Instead of tickets to a Yankees game, Doug’s father brings home a black eye, a pink slip, and the news that the Swietecks are leaving Long Island and moving to a small town in upstate New York. Though it’s 1968 and NASA’s getting closer to putting a man on the moon, Doug is anxious about his family’s move to a ‘dump’ of a house in the boondocks, and facing eighth grade at a new school with no friends. Without Joe Pepitone, he’s convinced the odds are stacked against him – until he meets a girl on a bike named Lil, and a flock of colorful birds from the plates in John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

Schmidt masterfully weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery, art and inventiveness, truth and lies, in a story filled with distinctive characters and a narrative told through Audubon’s bird drawings.

The Barnes & Noble Recommends program includes:

* Barnes & Noble store events. Reading group discussions and author appearances for Okay for Now will be held in select Barnes & Noble stores.
* The online experience. A video interview with Gary D. Schmidt will be posted online at
* A free reading group guide. A free reader’s guide, including discussion questions and more about the author, is available at any Barnes & Noble store and at
* Advice for reading groups. Customers can ask any Barnes & Noble bookseller for a copy of our free guide on how to start a reading group. The guide can also be found online at

Each Barnes & Noble Recommends “Main Selection” is a book that Barnes & Noble believes is “unputdownable” and is especially appropriate for book discussion groups. The books can be discussed online at

Previous Barnes & Noble Recommends Main Selections include:

* Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale
* Marisa de los Santos’ Belong to Me
* Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44
* Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
* Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
* Louise Penny’s The Brutal Telling
* Nancy Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning
* Isabel Wolff’s A Vintage Affair
* Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 705 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 636 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & (, one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ ( Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.

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