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 thefuture. 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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Book on CD performed Natalie Moore 4**** Things are looking up for D.J. Schwenk (who first appeared in Murdock’s Dairy Queen). She’s doing well in her junior year of high school, playing on the boy’s ... Read full review

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This is Book Two of “The Dairy Queen” series about D.J. (for Darlene Joyce) Schwenk, 16 now, who is six feet tall, athletic, funny, and the charming narrator of this trilogy about her “coming of age ... 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 Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk, Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.

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