Gordon Ryder’s Blues by Jeff Dee

Genre:  Historical fiction

# of Pages:  165

RAC Book:  No

Gordon Ryder is navigating his junior year in high school during the year 1969.  His father has recently moved out and his mother has responded by being extremely overprotective.  When he meets a confident, attractive hippie he decides to get to know her better.  Myra invites him to a walkout and then a rally and he thinks it’s a good idea to show his disapproval of the war, especially since his best friend lost a brother to it.  The book reads as an adventure story that primarily happens in one day, so many things are not resolved at the end of the night.  Will his parents reconcile?  How will his best friend cope with the loss of his brother?  Will he ever get together with Myra?

The setting of this story is unique and many students will identify with the ideas and beliefs of the time depicted.  The characters are interesting, but it’s difficult to get to know them when the entire story takes place in one day.  The relationships between Gordon’s parents, Gordon and his mother, and Gordon and his friends are all relatable to teens of any age.  The setting of the story will be enough to entice many readers to pick this one up.

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2 Responses to “Gordon Ryder’s Blues by Jeff Dee”


  1. 1 John Jack McGuire November 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Could you advise me if it’s possible to submit a young adult historical fiction novel to be listed on your site?

    • 2 manderse11 November 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Sure, simply send the submission to:
      Dowling Catholic High School
      Attn: Megan Andersen
      1400 Buffalo Road
      West Des Moines, IA 50265


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