Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Since her two older brothers left for college, where they both play football, and her father was injured, DJ has been doing all the heavy chores on her family’s dairy farm inWisconsin. Because of the work required, DJ even had to quit basketball the previous season. When her father’s best friend, who coaches football for her school’s biggest rival, sends Brian Nelson, his quarterback, to help on the farm and get conditioned, DJ agrees to train him for a week. After they continue to work out, DJ thinks about playing football herself, but first she has to make up an F grade from sophomore English. She doesn’t even know if she’ll be allowed to play.
One of the best things about this book is the humor. Even when DJ’s telling about serious events, the author adds funny comments that sometimes even made me laugh out loud. One example is when DJ tells about how people laugh at her when she talks about farm life. She says, “So what. I know where your milk comes from, and your hamburgers.”
Dairy Queen is the first book in a series of three. The second book is The Off season, and the third is Front and Center. Watch for them on the blog and in the library!
Reviewed by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson