Dairy Queen: A Novel

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Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 2006 - Farm life - 275 pages
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When you don't talk, there's a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said... Stuff like why DJ's best friend, Amber, isn't so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mum 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. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old DJ Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say."I absolutely loved Dairy Queen. The book gave me an enormous amount of pleasure, and I am now missing every single character, including the dog. It was funny and sad and I adored it" (Jaclyn Moriarty)"Dairy Queen is a celebration of the kind of girl who, a generation ago, wasn't supposed to exist. It's a celebration of strength... A breath of fresh air among bookshelves crammed with young adult novels featuring mean girls obsessed with looks, designer labels and claustrophobic high school hierarchy" (The New York Times)

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User Review  - JennysBookBag.com - LibraryThing

I discovered this while browsing the YA section in the library one day. It was one of those moments when you have no idea what you want to read, but you know you're in the mood for something YA. It's a quick read. Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Well, I grew up in a small town in WI and this is close enough to being authentic that I'm not terribly perturbed. But, seriously, no matter how strong (in all meanings of the word) DJ is, she cannot ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Though she never played high school football or milked cows, Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a big fan of family farms and Wisconsin. She herself grew up on a tiny farm (two goats and honeybees) in Connecticut, and attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. She now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and Sparky the cat. Dairy Queen is her first novel. She is currently working on the sequel.

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