Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff

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Her characters’ voices, interactions, and hangups are relatable, as they battle each other and adjust to their families’ reconfigurations.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

What would you do to win a dare war?

In a humorous and insightful novel about dares, divorce and friendship, Lisa Graff tells the story of fourth-graders Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata, who start out as archenemies, until--in a battle of wits and willpower--they discover that they have a lot more in common than either would have guessed.

This dual-perspective novel will appeal to girls and boys alike--and to anyone who has ever wanted anything so badly that they'd lick a lizard to get it.

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 Lisa Graff

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Lisa Graff (www.lisagraff.com) has never been part of a dare war, but has thought up a couple extra-tough doozies just in case. She lives in New York City.
 
Published April 12, 2012 by Puffin Books. 300 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

Graff does an impressive job striking a balance between humor and heft in this middle-grade novel.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

Her characters’ voices, interactions, and hangups are relatable, as they battle each other and adjust to their families’ reconfigurations.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Apr 14 2012

This book would be a great read-aloud for students in second, third or fourth grade. There are myriad discussion topics from which to choose, including divorce, moving, friendship, and making good decisions.

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Reviewed by Lynn Becker on May 01 2012

A school story filled with fun pranks and a lot of heart, making it an appealing choice for both girls and boys.

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