The Off Season

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 277 pages
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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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I think DJ is a great, strong female character. - Goodreads
The ending left me at a loss for words. - Goodreads
The writing is interesting. - Goodreads
The ending was right on, but difficult to bear. - Goodreads
Rural storytelling with heart. - Goodreads
Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an amazing writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Off Season (Dairy Queen #2)

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

The Off Season takes place right about where Dairy Queen left off. DJ is not only a part of her high school's football team, but she's doing really well, even receiving some national attention. Her ... Read full review

Review: The Off Season (Dairy Queen #2)

User Review  - Melody - Goodreads

There's always a little trepidation (for me, anyway) going into the second book of a trilogy. Second books are often weaker than firsts or thirds, but that's not a problem here. DJ's got hidden ... Read full review

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Contents

THE JORGENSENS LABOR DAY PICNIC
1
AN EXTRA HAND AT EVENING MILKING
7
FOOTBALL AND BARBECUE
14
BIG TRIP TO THE BIG CITY
30
SKIMMING ALONG
41
DADS BIG FAT TURKEY IDEA
47
A WHOLE HERD OF TROUBLE COMING MY WAY
55
BAD NEWS ON ALL FRONTS
67
BILL
164
MY OWN PERSONAL TIME ZONE
178
EVEN MORE FAMILY TROUBLE
189
THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTERNO I TAKE THAT BACK
199
WANTED A TOWN FULL OF STRANGERS
205
REHAB
214
WHY THE PACKERS MIGHT NOT TOTALLY SUCK
221
THERE ARENT NO MIRACLES ON SCHWENK FARM
227

SEPARATIONS ARE VERY STRESSFUL
76
NOTIONS THAT MAKE TURKEYS LOOK JUST BRILLIANT
92
MOTHER PROBLEMS
105
HES JUST A FRIEND
113
A CABOVER CAMPER REALLY CAN HOLD TWO PEOPLE
118
WIN
127
THE CALL
139
THE MOST DIFFICULT SITUATION I CAN THINK OF
153
WIN WASNT CAPTAIN FOR NOTHING
235
GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW NORMAL
244
BIG TRIP 2
253
DAY OF THANKS
262
EASY LIVES
272
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
278
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Catherine Gilbert Murdock lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. For more information please visit www.catherinemurdock.com.

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