Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
|New from||Used from|
Grade 7-10-After her father is injured, 15-year-old D.J. Schwenk takes over the lion's share of work on her family's small Wisconsin dairy farm. Between milking cows, mucking out the barn, and mowing clover, this erstwhile jock takes on training Brian, the rival high school's quarterback. A monster crush and a tryout for her own school's football team ensue. D.J., a charming if slightly unreliable narrator, does a good deal of soul-searching while juggling her grinding work schedule, an uncommunicative family, and a best friend who turns out to be gay. Savvy readers will anticipate plot turns, but the fun is in seeing each twist through D.J.'s eyes as she struggles with whether she really is, as Brian puts it, like a cow headed unquestioningly down the cattle shoot of life. Wry narration and brisk sports scenes bolster the pacing, and D.J.'s tongue-tied nature and self-deprecating inner monologues contribute to the novel's many belly laughs. At the end, though, it is the protagonist's heart that will win readers over. Dairy Queen will appeal to girls who, like D.J., aren't girly-girls but just girls, learning to be comfortable in their own skins. The football angle may even hook some boys. Fans of Joan Bauer and Louise Rennison will flock to this sweet confection of a first novel, as enjoyable as any treat from the real DQ.-Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gr. 6-9. D. J.'s family members don't talk much, especially about the fact that 15-year-old D. J. does all the heavy work on their Wisconsin dairy farm since her father broke his hip and her two older brothers left for college. Nor do they talk about why D. J.'s mom, a teacher, is so busy filling in for the middle-school principal that she's never home. And they never, ever discuss the reason why her brothers haven't called home for more than six months. So when D. J. decides to try out for the Red Bend football team, even though she's been secretly training (and falling for) Brian Nelson, the cute quarterback from Hawley, Red Bend's rival, she becomes the talk of the town. Suddenly, her family has quite a bit to say. This humorous, romantic romp excels at revealing a situation seldom explored in YA novels, and it will quickly find its place alongside equally well-written stories set in rural areas, such as Weaver's Full Service (2005), Richard Peck's The Teacher's Funeral (2004), and Kimberly Fusco's Tending to Grace (2004). Jennifer Hubert
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
I liked the book. It is a really good sports book. I recommend it a lot. I chose the rating because the book is fantasticPublished 1 month ago by Dr. RM
It's sweet. Innocent. Thoughtful. A great mix of surface and depth. So much have me a smile as I read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thenley
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an interesting novel about a 15 year-old girl, named Darlene Joyce or DJ for short. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aubrey Lavigne
I love this book, after reading it I bought the 2nd one in the series.Published 4 months ago by P. Lane
this is okay i do not like the way the end is. how she is talking and such. what is the next book?Published 6 months ago by angela lawson
Loved this book so much. I finished it a few days ago and I can honestly say that DJ is one of my favorite females heroines I've ever come across. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Three Wishes
So i was so excited to see this book on the kindle app store, i totally had to buy it!! I was so elated to find that there was trilogy of this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lorelei Harsha
This was a quick read. I enjoyed how clean it was and how the main character thinks. Very sweet and enjoyable.Published 8 months ago by Brett M. Stevens
A hardworking teenage girl, DJ Schwenk takes on more than her fair share of responsibility when she takes over her family dairy farm as her father recovers from hip surgery and her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Molly the Librarian