The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She’s in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who’s cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there’s the fact she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team—the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. Which just shows you can’t predict the future. As autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand Amber, Schwenk Farm, her relationship with Brian, and most of all her family. As a whole herd of trouble comes her way, she discovers she’s a lot stronger than she—or anyone—ever thought.
   This hilarious, heartbreaking and triumphant sequel to the critically acclaimed Dairy Queen takes D.J. and all the Schwenks from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget.


About Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk, Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.
Published March 18, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If this offering suffers somewhat from both sequel-itis and a diffusion of energy resulting from D.J.’s removal from the farm to assist in her brother’s recuperation, readers will forgive easily.

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Amber starts cutting school, which is a total bummer for D.J.

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Common Sense Media

A 6' tall girl linebacker, D.J's pretty unusual alright, but she is also honest, funny, hardworking, loyal, and so personable that every girl can find a little bit of themselves in her.

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and all the Schwenks from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget.If you think YA fiction is all Gossip Girl or vampires, consider a side trip to Schwenk farm and spend a little time with D.J.

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Yes, she's the girl on her high school football team, and Brian is playing for the rival neighboring town's team.

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