Dairy Queen


Title: Dairy Queen

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

Read by: Natalie Moore

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 274 pages, 5 sound discs (6 hr., 9 min.)

Genre: Audio Book, Young Adult

Geographic Setting: Red Bend, Wisconsin

Time Period: Present

Series: Two more books: The Off Season and Front and Center (coming this fall)

Plot Summary: Sixteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk is plodding through life in Wisconsin. Now that its summer she is partically running her family dairy farm in Wisconsin since her Dad broke his hip and her two older brothers refuse to speak to the family. To complicate matters, she failed English class, has to deal with her younger brother Curtis’ lack of talking, the new strangeness in her relationship with her best friend, and worst of all, working/training all summer with the opposing high school’s quarter back. As the summer continues, D.J. begins to realize some things about herself, her family and her life. With this new insight and courage, she decides to go out for her all male high school football team.

Audio Review: Natalie Moore brings to life the world and thoughts of 16-year-old D.J. Schwenk. Moore gives a mostly realistic voice to a Wisconsin teenager, however, sometimes leans a little too far into exaggerated Wisconsin accents.

Subject Headings: Football stories. Farm life Fiction.Football Juvenile fiction.Farm life Juvenile fiction.

Appeal: Easy, engaging, strong secondary characters, character centered, authentic, rural, hopeful, unpretentious, candid, optimistic, open ended, issue orientated

Three Terms that describe this book: Thoughtful, unpretentious, character centered

Similar Authors and Works (fiction): Inexcusable by Chris Lynch, Out of the Pocket by Bill Konisburg, Derby Girl- Shauna Cross, Going for the Record- Julie A. Swanson

Similar Authors and Works (Non-fiction): Pigskins and ponytails: A year on the sidelines of a small town woman’s football team by Mark Bradford, Friday Night Lights: a town, a team, and a dream by H.G. Bissinger, Making Her Mark : Firsts and Milestones in Women’s Sports by Ernestine Miller

Name: Alicia Hammond


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