Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

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When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league. When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 141 x 211 x 19mm | 327g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0618863354
  • 9780618863358
  • 140,539

Review quote

"Finally, a football book a girl can love. . . . With humor, sports action and intelligence abundant, this tale has something for everyone." --Publishers Weekly, starred

"A fresh teen voice, great football action and cows--this novel rocks." --Kirkus Reviews, starred

"This extremely likable narrator invites readers into her confidence and then rewards them with an engrossing tale of love, family, and football." --Horn Book

"In her debut novel, Murdock skillfully captures the messiness that comes with learning to open up to others and deal with life and love." --Columbus Dispatch
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About Professor Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Catherine Gilbert Murdock grew up avoiding all sports involving hand-eye coordination. She now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, children, and several cats. Visit her webiste at www.catherinemurdock.com.
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Rating details

25,060 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 27% (6,787)
4 35% (8,818)
3 26% (6,409)
2 8% (2,030)
1 4% (1,016)

Our customer reviews

The only sport that D.J. will truly ever know is football, what with most of her family playing it and the cows having names like Joe Namath. The only life D.J. Schwenk is used to is the farm life. Now that her two oldest brothers are gone to college, and never seem to stay in contact with them, and her father having a bad hip, it's up to D.J. and her brother, Curtis, the one that hardly ever talks, to get things done. But this summer it looks like D.J. will be getting an extra hand from Brian Nelson, the football player from Hawley, the enemy school. Even though Brian is helping, he isn't very good at it. Let's just say his farm work is as bad as his football skills. But for some reason, everyone thinks he's the next greatest football player. What's worse is that D.J. is actually starting to like Brian, but he's the enemy and can hardly throw a ball. So what does D.J. do? Well, she starts to train Brian, since she would always have to help her brothers during football season, and maybe now Brian would see her as more than just a farm girl. That's not the only issue that D.J. has though; her mother is working two jobs to support the family and it seems like she is keeping something from them. And D.J.'s best friend isn't being so friendly anymore. And what about the idea that just so suddenly pops up into D.J.'s mind, the one that says she should try out for the football team. Let's just hope that not everyone in her town will go crazy over this idea, especially her parents. But can she do it? DAIRY QUEEN is an extremely cute coming-of-age novel. It goes against all the cliches where girls are just not good at guy sports. And D.J. is the perfect heroine, showing that anyone can do anything if they just put their mind to it. A wonderful story that is far from ice-cream -- but it still fills your heart with joy!show more
by TeensReadToo
The protagonist, DJ, tries to use her words sparingly - even through first person narration - but you get a sense that she is enduring far more than she should be able to cope with. Her hard work and good attitude are keeping her rock-steady in the dramas of farm life, family life, and... football! I absolutely loved this- it was painfully real and completely charming and funny!show more
by rawstatic
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