I'm looking for a book series from the mid-1960's. I only ever got to read the first book as (apparently) the others hadn't come out yet - this would have been in the 1965-66 time range. If I recall correctly it vaguely resembled the Tripod series, but was set in the eastern United States. One plot element I remember clearly was that the parents of the protagonist were worried that the protagonist's younger sister was unusually small and might be declared to be "a dwarf", although I don't recall why that was such a terrible thing. Any pointers appreciated.
Sorry - poor explanation on my part. If I recall correctly it's set in a post-apocalyptic future world - it may have been a nuclear holocaust, or it may have been aliens-coming-down-from-the-skies - where technology has regressed to the late-middle-ages level - lots of mud, not much in the way of "modern" conveniences like electricity and running water. I recall that there's a "religion", and that one of the protagonists friends is chosen to be trained as a "priest" of this religion. Before being "chosen" he was very religious, but afterwards he (apparently) learned it was all a sham and would answer questions about it by hanging his head and saying something like, "Yes, the gods are real...". The protagonist, BTW, was male.