The Off Season

The Off Season

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Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She’s in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who’s cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there’s the fact she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team—the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. Which just shows you can’t predict the future. As autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand Amber, Schwenk Farm, her relationship with Brian, and most of all her family. As a whole herd of trouble comes her way, she discovers she’s a lot stronger than she—or anyone—ever thought.
   This hilarious, heartbreaking and triumphant sequel to the critically acclaimed Dairy Queen takes D.J. and all the Schwenks from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 154 x 210 x 18mm | 290g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0618934936
  • 9780618934935
  • 289,132

Review quote

This funny, touching follow-up to Dairy Queen (2006), a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults, succeeds whether read on its own or as a sequel. . . . D. J. is an easygoing, likable narrator, full of self-deprecating humor and insight, and her struggles, whether they are everyday or life altering, will resonate with teen audiences. --Booklist, ALA

More ambitious and wide-ranging than its prequel, The Off Season provides an insightful glimpse into the rewards and challenges of the culture of middle-American farm families. At the same time, it's a broad-strokes portrait of a quintessential tomboy. D.J.'s voice is all her own--strong-minded but insecure, unstructured but witty, practical but emotional--and she is easy to cheer for, whether she's accosting a bully or awkwardly trying to understand the people and relationships that so often confuse her. --Horn Book

Though D.J. is an enormously likable character, the impact of this book is carried through the action." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The main character is likable...[She] has qualities uniquely her own that readers can relate to, sympathize with and ultimately admire." --KLIATT

D.J.'s self-deprecating, down-to-earth voice will draw readers in, even if they have yet to read 'Dairy Queen'. --Minn. StarTribune

There is action as well as introspection in this story of overcoming adversity...attracting and inspiring...Murdock has another winner. --VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

The tragicomedy is powerful. --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
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Rating details

11,018 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 31% (3,438)
4 39% (4,297)
3 23% (2,559)
2 5% (526)
1 2% (198)

Our customer reviews

When we last left D.J. Schwenk in DAIRY QUEEN, she was trying to cope with her family's problems, the inclusion of Brian into her life, and surviving being on the Red Bend football team. You know, when most people thought girls shouldn't be on the team. At first it seemed like she had found solutions to all of those problems. But all good things must come to an end, whether D.J. likes it or not. With Brian being her sort of boyfriend, D.J. is pretty ecstatic, since not only is he hot and athletic, he is her first real boyfriend. But it sort of creates a problem since D.J. isn't so sure where there relationship is heading or if it is going at all. Brian isn't too sure, either, since it seems like D.J. would rather spend time with her family then hang out with him. Her friend, Amber, is starting to get noticed, for all the wrong reasons, though. Now known as the girl with a girlfriend, Amber is beginning to change, once again, right in front of D.J.'s eyes, all because people in their town don't approve of that kind of relationship. D.J.'s family is beginning to resolve their relationship problems. But when they think all is well, their financial problems come into play. Not only that, but D.J. herself and her brother, Win, suffer injuries that just might put an end to what they love the most. While trying to control all of her problems, D.J. must be able to find her strength, the one that got her through her summer and the one that helped her get on the football team. Once again, D.J. shines as a heroine who shows that everyone has the ability to get over any obstacle thrown their more
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