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Praise for DOUBLE DOG DARE:
 
“[A] perceptive and funny book….the way [Graff] handles her characters is spot-on.” –Booklist
 
“Readers will be hooked by the first chapter….All in all, an enjoyable, lighthearted read about a difficult topic.” –School Library Journal
 
“Graff's…story is lighthearted and humorous, but honestly addresses the emotions associated with divorce. Her characters' voices, interactions, and hangups are relatable, as they battle each other and adjust to their families' reconfigurations.” –Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lisa Graff is an award-winning novelist whose books have been named to a total of 26 state award lists. Her critically acclaimed novels include Tangle of Knots, The Thing about Georgie and Umbrella Summer. Lisa Graff has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and is an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. She lives in Pennsylvania. www.lisagraff.com @lisagraff
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0720 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399255168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399255168
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Graff is the author of several middle-grade novels, including THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE, UMBRELLA SUMMER, and A TANGLE OF KNOTS. She enjoys reading, baking, and playing board games. She is exceedingly proud to have twice placed fourth from last at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. A former children's book editor, Lisa now writes full-time from her home in New York City.

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Format: Hardcover
Double Dog Dare is a well written novel that is full of fun and sure to appeal to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers. This is a quick, fun read that distinguishes itself as realistic fiction with genuine appeal for both boys and girls. On the surface, it's a story about dares - Kansas and Francine are in a contest to determine who gets to read the morning announcements, and their media club has decided to name the winner of the dare contest as their new "anchor person". This leads to plenty of humorous moments involving things like underwear up flag poles, green hair, eating 87 ketchup packets, and licking lizards. The gross factor is sometimes high, but the humor is always spot on as the story moves along at a brisk pace, sure to engage even the most reluctant reader.

Beneath the surface of this school story is a story of divorce, and what it means to be the new kid at school. Francine and Kansas may be bitter rivals in the dare war, but they find out that they have something in common when Kansas accidently discovers that Francine's parents are also getting a divorce. Kansas is coping with making new friends, a father who is proving himself to be undependable, and a mother who has to work too much. He's a fantastic, well developed character, as is his counterpart Francine, who is facing her own struggles with divorcing parents and her own sky high expectations.

This is a great read with many important lessons about family, and the power of friendship. As a well plotted, interesting story with characters kids will easily relate to, this one is an enthusiastic recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wiley Blevins on July 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Laugh out loud funny, this book is a perfect mix of humor and heart. Any kid in Grades 4-8 will love this book and teachers will enjoy reading it aloud to their students. Lisa Graff creates believable and unique characters you will root for as they deal with moving to a new state and making friends, surviving their parents' divorce, and battling for something you want more than anything else . . . or so you think. What a fun read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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"Double Dog Dare"
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Two fourth-grade kids, brainy Francine Halata and newcomer Kansas Bloom, get into a "dare war" to see which one can win the coveted prize of being chosen as the news anchor for their school's closed-circuit TV broadcast, and -- egged on by their friends -- become bitter rivals despite having a lot in common. The dares are kind of funny (although the trouble they cause is not) and the drama is pretty compelling. The major focus of the story, though, is what Francine and Kansas unknowingly have in common, which is that both of them have parents who are going through divorces. Although her parents are pretty amicable about it, Francine is ashamed of their divorce, and this causes friction between her and a best friend she keeps out of the loop. The plotline involving Kansas and his little sister is much darker, however, as his dad is unreliable and has deserted them several times before -- this theme makes this book a little heavier than some readers might be looking for, although it is handled with great tact and explores powerful emotions with great skill and tact.

In addition to the divorce theme there's some pretty intense stuff with the kids getting into trouble with their school principal, who is played as a bit of a buffoon, but is also pretty hardcore and severe. Readers (and parents) should know up front that this is an "issue book" and not the comic romp you might have been expecting.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Double Dog Dare is a standalone children's novel written by author Lisa Graff. My son just finished this title and begged me to read it as it ranks as his favorite book to date! I enjoy reading along with my son- I have found such a personal joy in reading that I really want to model that for him. If he wants to share a book with me then I'm all in! And this book was actually very good! It was well written and delivered an important lesson to children/young readers about friends, family, and dealing with divorce and disappointing family dynamics. It was funny with all the dares but it was also sad as the reader sees the children's perspective about parental separation/divorce. But I liked that this story shows both sides: parents that keep a positive environment for the child during separation and the other side of blaming, no shows, and broken promises. But no matter what the situation, the story stresses that there are ways to find happiness. This title is on the 2013-2014 Sunshine State Young Readers list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dawnann@bellsouth. on June 16, 2013
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Original story idea that my 4th grade students can relate to; trying out for the news team. The characters are hilarious, creative and passionate about the dares. I felt for the characters who experienced similar family issues that many students face today. I Double Dog Dare you to purchase this book! You'll enjoy it!
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