Dairy Queen by Catherine Filbert Murdock
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2006 275p.
TAGS: Realistic Fiction, Sports Fiction
Cows, they pretty much do whatever they are directed to do—no real goals, no real communication. Fifteen year old DJ Swenk most days feels like a cow. In DJ’s life there is no real communication, she’s bound to farm work that consumes her and she does whatever she’s told, until she meets Brain. Catherine Murdock, builds a wonderfully dysfunctional family, vivid characters and a story that will make you laugh and cry. Brian, an only child, a cocky quarterback and the most unlikely person to change DJ’s life has to help on the farm. In return DJ, a gifted athlete and trainer has to whip his butt into shape so that he can be the starting quarterback for DJ’s rival team. DJ does a lot of growing that summer and decides she can think for herself. In fact she is trying out for her school’s boy’s football team and makes it! This story will have you cheering for DJ as she sorts out who she really is and what she wants out of life. This book will leave the reader wanting more—so off to the library for the next book “The Off Season”.
5Q 5P MJS Lexile: 990
Author Website: http://www.catherinemurdock.com/index.htm