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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, by Sheila O’Connor (MFA Faculty)

Published by Penguin Random House
April 2018

Visit Sheila’s website: www.sheilaoconnor.com 


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’ Midwestern hometown isn’t easy, but once Reenie takes up a paper route with her older brother Dare, she has something she can look forward to. As they introduce themselves to every home on their route, Reenie’s stumped by just one—the house belonging to Mr. Marsworth, the town recluse. When he doesn’t answer his doorbell, Reenie begins to leave him letters. Slowly, the two become pen pals, striking up the most unlikely of friendships.

Through their letters, Reenie tells of her older brother Billy, who might enlist to fight in the Vietnam War. Reenie is desperate to stop him, and when Mr. Marsworth hears this, he knows he can’t stand idly by. As a staunch pacifist, Mr. Marsworth offers to help Reenie. Together, they concoct a plan to keep Billy home, though Reenie doesn’t know Mr. Marsworth’s dedication to her cause goes far beyond his antiwar beliefs.

In this heartwarming piece of historical fiction, critically acclaimed author Sheila O’Connor delivers a tale of devotion, sacrifice, and family.


Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

MIBA Midwest Connections Pick

“This heart-tugging story is told entirely in letters, mostly between the loquacious Reenie and her elderly customer, hers in faux hand printing on lined-paper backgrounds and his typed. These letters demonstrate their growing friendship as well as Reenie’s developing activism and increasing understanding of what nonviolence really entails. Moving and thought-provoking.”
––Kirkus Review

“In this Vietnam-era epistolary novel, O’Connor (Sparrow Road) introduces a sweet and unexpected intergenerational friendship. . . . The close-up on the remarkable relationship between Reenie and Mr. Marsworth shines here, as do the larger historical insights and the book’s resonant themes of pacifism and patriotism.”
––Publishers Weekly

“Told entirely through letters . . . the author brings out the conflicting viewpoints on the Vietnam War and the national tragedies that shook the country and divided families. This historical novel doesn’t shy away from hard truths about war and life, so keep a Kleenex box handy as you read it.  . . . an excellent choice for a class read-aloud or literature circle selection to discuss the ramifications of war and the price that is paid for it.”
––School Library Connection


Pioneer Press feature on Sheila O’Connor


Sheila O’Connor Publication Reading at Wild Rumpus Books
When: Saturday, April 7, 2:00 pm
Where: Wild Rumpus Books
2720 West 43rd Street Minneapolis 55410
Please join us in celebrating the Minneapolis launch of Sheila O’Connor’s new novel, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth. Visit Wild Rumpus for more information.

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Sheila O’Connor Publication Reading at Red Balloon Bookshop
When: Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Where: Red Balloon Bookstore
891 Grand Avenue South, Saint Paul 55105

Join Sheila O'Connor when she returns to Red Balloon with her new book, 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: the town recluse, Mr. Marsworth. Join Sheila for a discussion of her new novel, book signing, and refreshments. Visit Red Balloon for more information.

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Congratulations, Sheila!