Dairy Queen

By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618683079, 275pp.

Publication Date: May 2006

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Description

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom 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.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.




About the Author
Catherine Murdock is the author of Dairy Queen, its sequel The Off Season, and the forthcoming Front and Center. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and several cats, and regrets to report that she has never flown a broom, though not for lack of effort. Princess Ben is her first fairy tale.



Praise For Dairy Queen

"Finally, a football book a girl can love. . . . With humor, sports action and intelligence abundant, this tale has something for everyone." --Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A fresh teen voice, great football action and cows--this novel rocks." --Kirkus Reviews, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"This extremely likable narrator invites readers into her confidence and then rewards them with an engrossing tale of love, family, and football." --Horn Book Horn Book

"In her debut novel, Murdock skillfully captures the messiness that comes with learning to open up to others and deal with life and love. " Columbus Dispatch

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