Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft--and gets help from an unlikely source--in this middle-grade tale, perfect for fans of The Wednesday Wars When eleven-year-old Reenie Kelly's mother passes away, she and her brothers are shipped off to live with their grandmother. Adjusting to life in her parents' Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft--and gets...

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Title:Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth
Author:Sheila O'Connor
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0399161937
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:348 pages pages

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth Reviews

  • Tamsyn
    Jun 25, 2018
    I loved this book, told through the correspondence of Reenie Kelly and the mysterious Mr. Marsworth. It's 1968, and Reenie and her family, after the loss of their beloved mother, have moved in with Gram in Minnesota for the summer and forseeable future. Desperate to help her 18-year-ol...
  • Sarah
    Dec 09, 2017
    Truly phenomenal! This is one of the best middle grade fiction novels I have ever read. I fell in love with Maureen "Reenie" Kelly at the outset. This is an epistolary novel that takes place during the summer of 1968. Eleven, soon to be twelve-year-old Reenie has moved with her two o...
  • Darcy Briggs
    Jun 23, 2018
    Darling! This was a heartwarming read! It is quick and light read considering the topic. Having a father who served in the Vietnam war, I appreciate insight about the controversies and social and political challenges surrounding the Vietnam war. I am beginning to understand why my fath...
  • Angela
    Jul 23, 2018
    I really wanted to like this. I usually do like stories where kids bring a softer side out of older people - I was practically raised by my Mamaw and her two sisters, after all. But Reenie Kelly just started to grate on my nerves after a while. I think the author wanted her to be a...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    Mar 11, 2018
    In the summer of 1968, Reenie Kelly has just moved to Lake Liberty, Minnesota. She has been going through a difficult time ever since her mom died from cancer. The family has very little money, so her father has had to leave the children - Reenie and her older brothers, Dare and Billy ...
  • Mary Sanchez
    May 16, 2018
    Eleven-year-old Reenie Kelly writes a letter to her reclusive newspaper customer, Mr. Marsworth, hoping he'll open up his door (which he never does), but in the meantime, she starts to open up his heart. She confides how she and her two brothers, Dare and Billy have come to live with t...
  • Kate Vogl
    Aug 01, 2018
    A sweet story told through letters about a spunky girl who discovers a friend??and loses one. Captures well the struggle of a new girl in town in making friends and finding peace in a small town in Minnesota back in 1968. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 05, 2018
    Purchased copy Reenie, her father, and her brothers Billy and Dare move from Missouri to live with their grandmother in Minnesota in 1968 because their mother's cancer treatments bankrupted the family. Reenie and her brothers all have jobs, and they are saving up to pay for Bill...
  • Katy Budget Books
    Feb 23, 2018
    Abby says: Easily my favourite children's book of 2018 to date, "Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth" is a treasure trove of truths, stories, friends, and history. 11 year papergirl Reenie Kelly is our beloved heroine who becomes penpals with urban hermit Mr. Marsworth. Attempting to save he...
  • Jo Sorrell
    Jul 31, 2018
    This book was simply wonderful. I feel like I want to be a part of the Kelly family, to be a Kelly. Reenie, our main character, was exasperating but you will just love her. This is a Vietnam era novel. Here you will find a sweet and unexpected intergenerational friendship. When the...
  • J.S.
    Dec 06, 2017
    I was sucked in by the comparison to Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, one of the absolute best MG/YA books out there. The only similarity however, seems to be the Vietnam War time frame. The storyline is that eleven-year-old Reenie Kelly and her brothers have been left in the care...
  • Dawn
    Nov 29, 2017
    This artfully done story about spunky 11-year-old Maureen (Reen or Reenie) Kelly and her blossoming friendship (via the pen/typewriter) with an elderly man on her paper route, takes place in 1968 during the Vietnam War and is told through letters - mostly Reenie's, though some are Mr. ...
  • Pam  Page
    Aug 28, 2018
    I love historical fiction and thought this was a great way for children to have a simple understanding of the Vietnam War. That being said, I do think teachers or parents would have to do some work building a knowledge base about the era and especially about the war. The idea of "consc...
  • Jenny
    Jul 05, 2018
    ONE MILLION STARS ...
  • Megan Mann
    Jul 05, 2018
    Oh my god. This is by far one of my favorite books of 2018. This was so beautiful and so amazing and I cried on and off for the last 40 or so pages. Reenie Kelly has found herself at her grandmother?s house in Lake Liberty, Minnesota after her mother has passed away and her family...
  • Margaret
    Aug 28, 2018
    I saw this book in a display at the library, and was immediately drawn to it. The story is about a preteen girl who has to move with her family from Missouri to Minnesota in 1968 after the mother in the family dies of cancer and they lose everything because of medical bills. They move ...
  • Cricket Muse
    Jun 02, 2018
    A book about the Vietnam war for middle readers doesn?t seem likely to succeed, yet something about a precocious eleven year old girl becoming pen pals with an elderly recluse has a certain appeal. The protagonist, Reenie Kelly, a scrappy eleven year old girl who writes with energet...
  • Jeanette Lukowski
    Jul 16, 2018
    A book club selection, I was slower in reading than most of the members. Perhaps the letter-exchange format is what made me slower; wanting to absorb each exchange, for a while, knowing that the next installment from an actual pen-pal would take longer? Or, because I found the young gi...
  • Brenda
    Aug 01, 2018
    A fellow librarian recently told me about this book......as I usually love epistolary novels, and haven?t read many novels about this time period (the Vietnam war era), I was intrigued. I am very glad I read it, and learned some things about the draft and what happened if a potential...
  • Tracie
    Jun 16, 2018
    Reenie's family is hurting, financially and emotionally, since their mother passed away. When they move to a small town to live with their grandmother while their father works back home, Reenie takes a paper route, the first girl to ever do so (and not everyone is happy about that!) Sh...
  • Scott McIlquham
    Aug 11, 2018
    WOW! I was thoroughly drawn into the Vietnam-era history through the voices of the disparate main characters expressed through their daily notes and letters. The characters, settings and plot conflicts are all thoroughly plausible and recognizable, with the concerns and lessons as rele...
  • Angela Riley
    Apr 16, 2018
    So I got this book as a pre-release with the hopes that I could use it for historical fiction book clubs. It is set up all in letters between a girl and an elderly man on her paper route. They strike up a pen pal relationship as she tells him about the possibility of her brother being ...
  • Carol Taylor
    Jun 15, 2018
    This book was written by O'Connor for middle-school kids. However, I simply loved it and I think anyone who takes a chance on Until Tomorrow will think so too. Reenie is new to Liberty Falls. Minnesota where her "Grams" lives in the summer of 1968 and she takes a job as a "paper girl" ...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Dec 01, 2017
    I obviously didn't fall in love with this story the way so many other reviewers did. My main problem with it is protagonist Reenie didn't seem or sound like an 11-year-old back in 1968 a good deal of the time. What 11-year-old would have started and continued writing long letters to a ...
  • Olivia Smith
    Jun 16, 2018
    This endearing story follows the life of a young girl named Reenie Kelly. She has just moved to Minnesota, along with her two brothers, to stay with their grandma for the summer. The year is 1968 and the draft is threatening to take her older brother Billy to the Vietnam War. As Reenie...
  • Joanne Kelleher
    Sep 13, 2018
    As soon as I started reading, I thought, I am going to LOVE this book. It takes place during the Viet Nam years, when I was Reenie's age. I loved the voice of Reenie, shining through in her letters to her housebound neighbor, Mr. Marsworth. The pen-pal relationship felt very authentic ...
  • Emily
    May 20, 2018
    I picked this up at my favorite local bookstore after reading the description and feeling a connection with characters. My niece and I exchange emails and, in those words, I relish every ounce of honesty and joy we share with each other. As any reader knows, the words we write down are...
  • Sely Viladinia
    May 13, 2018
    4.8 stars. This book gave me chills. It is cute, heart-warming, but also so sad. The book have the power to make me shed tears. Reenie Kelly acted like an eleven years old girl would be. She is smart, sweet, and sometimes she made decision like a child would do and it is not preten...
  • LS Johnson
    May 23, 2018
    I will think about this book for some time to come, not just the story itself but also the lessons hidden in each letter and note passed between the characters. I teach classes and lead clubs often based around literature, rather than textbooks. This is an ideal book for that. There we...
  • Lizz Axnick
    Dec 27, 2017
    This book was wonderful and sad at the same time. The book is reminiscent for me of Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, in that it is a series of letters between our protagonist, Reenie (short for Maureen) and H.W. Marsworth, a recluse on her paper route that she strikes up a pen pal re...