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Double Dog Dare

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  759 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
What would you do to win a dare war?

In a humorous and insightful novelabout 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.

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Philomel Books
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When new kid Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata tie with the same number of votes for the news anchor spot, their fourth grade classmates decide that the winner will be the one who takes all the dares the others can thrown at him/her. Thus begins a mighty conflict filled with humor and more than a little barfing as the two are dared to lick a lizard, consume several packets of ketchup, among other crazy activities. As they compete, they eventually realize that they have quite a lot in common since ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Kansas Bloom is the new boy at school who rather than join the basketball team, because it reminds him to much of his dad, decides to hang out in the media club instead. Francine Halata has always wanted to be the news anchor for media club so when the opportunity arises she eagerly tries to prove she is up to the task. When her classmates reach a tie between her and Kansas they decide that the only way to break it is to have a dare competition. The boy or girl who completes the most dares wins. ...more
Susan  Person
Francine and Kansas find themselves in a double dog dare competition for who will become the next news anchor of the Fourth Grade Media Club. Each contestant has to take on one dare per day (decided upon by the rest of the club members). If the dare is successfully completed, that individual gets a point. At the end of the competition the one with the most points wins. As Kansas takes an early lead, Francine finds herself playing catch up and having to complete more and more outrageous dares ...more
Amy Brewington
Jan 19, 2014 Amy Brewington rated it really liked it
I can't think of any kid who wouldn't love this book! Boys will love it because of dares such as licking a lizard and smelling armpits. The 4th graders in the Media Club engage in a dare war to determine their next news anchor. While the book is often light and silly, it also addresses the subject of divorce and shows children facing difficult family situations. I loved that the author included examples of supportive family members and friends to help the kids accept and adapt to the changes in ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Serina rated it it was ok
nice conflict story most kids will enjoy an relate to it. Kids will prob think dares funny. diff about school where two kids want same news castor, they have divorced parents which keep story similar
Caitlin Kosovich
Nov 19, 2016 Caitlin Kosovich rated it it was amazing
Lisa Graff doesn't disappoint. This was a strong story that is relevant to kids and shows them how characters can change and grow over time. I know students will enjoy this one. I would highly recommend it as a classroom read a loud.
Katie Fitzgerald
Double Dog Dare is the story of a dare war started between two members of Auden Elementary School’s media club. Both Kansas Bloom, the new kid in school, and Francine Halata want to be the anchor for the morning news. When their teacher says they can settle the matter in any way that doesn’t break school rules, they immediately decide to dare one another to do various tasks until one of them gives up. In alternating chapters, titled after the objects involved in their dares, readers come to ...more
Double Dog Dare is the dual story of 4th Graders Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata. Kansas is new to school and was known in his former school as the "King of Dares." This moniker doesn't mean much until a spot opens up in Media Club for a new news anchor. Francine and Kansas tie for the coveted job. In an effort to break the tie Kansas and Francine embark on a Dare War--one point for each dare successfully accomplished and whoever earns the most dare points will become the new anchorperson for m ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Nikita rated it really liked it
This book is really funny. It has a lot of dares which are hilarious and very weird. Francine wants to be the new anchor but she is competing with Kansas and they are both good dares. Whoever gets the most dares will be the new anchor. Francine has her own problems to worry about like her parents. Who will win? Who will be the new anchor? Funny and awesome book.
Teresa Scherping
Francine Halata has wanted to be the news anchor of Media Club forever. But when her fourth grade classmates vote on it, Francine is tied with the new boy, Kansas Bloom, and even though he's not sure about this Media Club thing, he's not about to back down. When someone suggests a dare war to determine the new news anchor, Francine and Kansas are both in. Pretty soon Kansas is wearing his sister's tutu to school, Francine's dyed her hair green, and the dares are only getting harder. If it weren' ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 27, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Kansas moves to town because his parents are divorced, and he's not thrilled to be there. He's even less thrilled with Media Club, which puts on the video morning announcements, but when there is a tie for the next host between him and Francine, he manages to get the students interested in a "double dog dare" competition to decide the winner. The two embark on a series of dares that include running underwear up the flagpole, Kansas wearing his sister Ginny's tutu to school, Francine dying her ...more
Double Dog Dare is a standalone children's novel written by author Lisa Graff. My son just finished this title and begged me to read it as it ranks as his favorite book to date! I enjoy reading along with my son- I have found such a personal joy in reading that I really want to model that for him. If he wants to share a book with me then I'm all in! And this book was actually very good! It was well written and delivered an important lesson to children/young readers about friends, family, and dea ...more
May 31, 2015 ReGina rated it really liked it
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was also an easy, quick read. So while the size might be intimidating for some kids, they should be able to get through the book pretty easily. The premise is pretty simple - two kids, Francine and new kid Kansas, are up for the news anchor position in media club. To determine who will get the position, they enter into a dare contest. As a subplot, both Francine and Kansas are dealing with the aftereffects of divorce. Francine, ...more
Michelle Gatewood
Nov 23, 2015 Michelle Gatewood rated it really liked it
I thought this book was overall a fast and easy read. Kansas and Francine who are fourth graders compete thru a game of dares ignored to win the role of the head news spot in their school’s media club. Drama is soon swarmed thru the entire school. Francine and the cool new student, Kansas, both discover that their parents are getting a divorce, which is why Kansas moved initially. I think it’s important to address divorce because sadly, it’s so common in today’s reality. This book is very funny ...more
Rida Hoti
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Sep 09, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
4th grader Francine Halata loves Media Club and works really hard to make it succeed. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her as the camera operator for their morning closed circuit news broadcast. As much as she enjoys operating the camera, she longs to sit in the anchor chair during the spring semester. Kansas Bloom is a newcomer to the club, and his laid-back attitude makes it clear that Media Club is not high on his list of priorities. When the two are both nominated for news ...more
Karen Arendt
Francine and Kansas are each dealing with their parents divorce. Kansas is new to the school having just moved to California from Oregon. Both of them are in the media club which does the morning announcements. Each one wants to be the news anchor for the spring semester. So, they enter into a dare war. The other students chose dares for each of them to do; the one with the most completed dares wins the anchor job. Sounds simple, really. But Lisa Graff weaves compassion and caring into the story ...more
Kelly Hager
Jan 17, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely adorable. It didn't have the emotional heft of Absolutely Always, but it was incredibly fun (and deeper, too, than I initially thought it would be).

It's told from Kansas and Francine's alternating perspectives and both have their own reasons to want to win the contest, and both also are dealing with their parents' divorces (although neither are really discussing it).

I love how Lisa Graff makes these absolutely believable characters. This story transcends a sweet, kind o
Erika Altensee
Mar 23, 2014 Erika Altensee rated it really liked it
Good book for a 3rd-5th grade student, who is not quite ready for the faster-paced YA books out on the market right now. There's some relevant and timely content on bullying and ethics, as well as divorce and deadbeat parents (don't like it that the deadbeat on in this story is a man necessarily). There are some good male characters, who have breadth and compassion (especially Francine's dad). There's a lot to this book that make is appropriate for classroom discussion...I just wonder how many ...more
Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata are two 4th graders who are members of their school's Media Club. When the vote for the next news anchor ends in a tie, they decide to break the tie by competing in dares. When a couple of the dares cause the Media Club to be cancelled, the two of them join forces to win the prize money in the school talent show. Along the way the discover that they have something significant in common which leads to the realization that they make better friends than adversaries. ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
I loved this story. It took me awhile to read it because the cover is so juvenile and in my opinion, needs a redesign! Two students are competing for the position of news anchor of the media club. The media club does the daily announcements for the entire school on an in-school TV station. Francine and her opponent, Kansas, compete in an unusual way: DARES! The book is funny but it has a lot of heart too. The two students are going through some troubling family situations and really find solace ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Fun and heavy with message, Double Dog Dare is the tale of 2 fourth graders competing for the spot of anchor by engaging in a series of dares prepared by their classmates. The book is almost also about how 2 fourth graders from 2 different families are dealing with the divorce of their parents. I found myself enjoying these side stories quite a bit: the dare story-line definitely lightened the heaviness of other conflicts in the book. Only issue I had was with the overly-cool Media Club sponsor ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Jul 12, 2015 Melissa Mcavoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 4th, 3rd
3/12 stars. Two 4th graders: a perfectionist girl and a new boy, who has never refused a dare, compete for the coveted position of media club news anchor. Dares spiral out of control, while both kids deal with the effects of their parents divorce. Pretty fun, warm, decent read. Long for this age range and feels more like end of fourth beginning fifth grade, but the dares are gross enough to likely keep kids reading and the emotional complexity of the kids, with the exception of the bad actor ...more
Augusta Scattergood
A book kids will appreciate, for sure. Funny, easy to read, yet a lot of truth inside these almost-300 pages. Which is another good thing about the book- It's a longer middle-grade novel for those readers who speed through so many of the contemporary "school stories" written for this audience. I'm a big Lisa Graff fan, and I just loved this one. Characters feel like real kids, and the Dares just icky enough to have real kids love reading about them.
(Hint: I'll be giving away a copy next week on
Oct 01, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
11th MHL of 2015. After reading the back of all the nominees, this one was the one that interested me least (hence my delay in reading it). The plot centers around a boy and a girl, vying for a news anchor job on their school news show. They decide to settle it through a series of dares. I thought this seemed trite and unrealistic, but I ended up really liking the book. The dares take a backseat to the real plot lines which involve family dynamics, being oneself and coping with divorce. Surprise ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
I read this book so that I can discuss it with my 8 yr old son who is currently reading it. At first, I was a bit annoyed by it because I felt like it encouraged kids to do bad things- risky things. However, as I pushed on, I thought it addressed family and friend issues, divorce, embarrassment, disappointment, adjustment, deceit, trust, and resilience. I already discussed a few points with my son and he surprised me with how perceptive he is. I can't wait until he is finished so we can really ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Marti, Elissa, Nadine
Lisa Graff's characters come alive in Double Dog Dare as the the 2 main characters intelligent self motivated Francine and the new cool, cute boy Kansas, compete for the role of news anchor of the fourth grade media club. Competing for the job through a dare war brings the school drama to a much higher level. This is a title kids will have trouble putting down. Both Francine and Kansas discover they share a common problem, their parents are getting divorces, this part doesn't overwhelm the story ...more
Carol Wilcox
Oct 27, 2012 Carol Wilcox rated it it was amazing
Perfect fourth or fifth grade beginning of the year read aloud. Francine Halata has dreamed of becoming the media anchor at Auden Elementary for years. Kansas is the new kid, king of dares at his previous school, who somehow ends up being nominated for the anchor job. They challenge each other to a month of dares, with the winner guaranteed the media anchor job. At the same time, on a much deeper level, Francine and Kansas have a lot more in common than anyone knows! Hilarious, but also very ...more
NYC Reads 365
"Just how far would you go to win a dare war? We soon find out when Francine and the new kid in school, Kansas, go toe to toe in a dare war over who will be the the new anchor of the Media Club at Auden Elementary School. From ridiculous challenges that include underwear waving, tutu wearing, ketchup packet consumption, and other forms of public humiliation, you will wonder who will be left standing. However, in between the laughs, you also learn that what Francine and Kansas have in common is ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Maud Hart Lovelace Division I Nominee.

Easy to read. Fourth graders Kansas and Francine are competing in a game of dares to win the role of news anchor for their school's media club. When the dares get out of control, the media club is about to come to an end. Luckily, Francine and Kansas decide to work together to save the club.

*This title also has a subplot focusing on divorce as both Kansas and Francine have parents that are divorcing. Both characters struggle and come to terms with the situa
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Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just ...more
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