The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

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Friendship, family, and high-stakes Scrabble come together in this compelling novel from a bestselling author

Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano don't seem to have much in common. Duncan is trying to manage his newfound ability to "read" with his fingers. April is striving to be accepted by her family of jocks. And Nate is struggling to meet his father's high expectations. But when a Scrabble Tournament brings them together, their stories intertwine. Driven by competition, drama, and just a touch of magic, the story will have readers flying through the pages, anxious to discover who will be the real winners . . .
 

About Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Puffin. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wolitzer turns to writing for young readers with an ever-so-slightly magical tale of friendship and what it takes to be a winner.

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The New York Times

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When Duncan unveils his talent in the middle school cafeteria, the resident bully, Carl Slater, who was forced to join the Scrabble club but then discovered he liked the game, sees his potential as a partner: Duncan can feel the tiles inside the Scrabble bag.

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Publishers Weekly

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The lives, families, and story lines of three 12-year-olds intersect at the annual Youth Scrabble Tournament in adult author Wolitzer's (The Uncoupling) entertaining middle-grade debut. Possessing a s

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The Wall Street Journal

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Told from Julie's point of view in adulthood, this story from the author of "Millions" may make readers regard foreign students at their schools with new appreciation.

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Common Sense Media

Though all of the three main characters sincerely love Scrabble, each wants to play in the national Youth Scrabble tournament because of a desire to fit in or appease a parent or schoolmate.

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