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Double Dutch

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,428 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews

Delia loves Double Dutch more than just about anything, and she's really good at it -- so good she and her teammates have a shot at winning the World Double Dutch Championships. Delia would die if she couldn't jump -- but Delia has a secret, and it could keep her off the team next year.
Delia's friend Randy has a secret too, one that has him lonely and scared. An
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2002)
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Linda Hart
Jul 27, 2015 Linda Hart rated it really liked it
Another wholesome book that is probably a 5 star book for girls age 11-15, 3 stars for H.S. girls, and likely a 2 star book for boys. It's a clever little story about 8th graders, each of whom has an important secret he/she keeps to himself/herself out of fear of embarrassment and not fitting in with the theme of don't judge someone unless you really know them.
Mar 31, 2009 Luly added it
The book I read is called Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper. For my opinion I really liked this book. This book is about a girl name Delia she loves Double Dutch and she is really good at it. She is so good that her team has a chance to win in the World Double Dutch Championship. Delia is worried about passing the schools state exam because Delia has been in Double Dutch for a lot of time to make a secret that could affect her place on the team.
Delia has a best friend name Randy he also has a se
Dec 20, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book becuase I read the blurb and it just got me.
What impressed me was how at one point in the story, it got electroni-cy. It was like a script and i can just imagine a conversation.
Thias book taught me to nt keep BIG things t myself and always tell it to an adult you can trust becuase if you dont, it will come back and hurt you. Dalia had dyslexia. She didnt want anyone to know, not even her mom or her closest of friends. Dalia is also in the Double dutch team, however
Lindsay D.
Feb 26, 2014 Lindsay D. rated it really liked it
Double Dutch is about a girl, Delia, on a double dutch team, and she was really good. So good, they were going to the World Championships. when she jump roped, it was her escape from the rest of the world. She was getting ready to go to high school, but one of her biggest secrets might keep from doing that. Randy, one of Delia's best friends has a big secret too. This could put him in horrible situations, so he keeps the secret from every body he knows. How long can they both hide their secrets ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Meena rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book about a girl named Delia and a boy named Randy, as well as some of their classmates. They are all a group of close eighth grade friends who usually discuss pretty normal, everyday teenage problems. But on the inside, many of them are hiding secrets, especially Randy and Delia. There are two twin boys, Tabu and Titan Tolliver, who act menacing and mean at their school. They make lots of empty threats, scaring many of the students and even a few teachers. No one knows i ...more
Suzanna Passafiume
Nov 23, 2012 Suzanna Passafiume rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because you never knew what was going to happen next. The tone of this book was very suspenseful. Many things happened throughout the story that I would have never expected to happen. I enjoy reading books like this because I get really caught up in the story. It's almost like an adventure. Another reason why I liked this book was because I learned many things from this book about friendship. I learned that you should not keep secrets because only bad things will result ...more
Sabrina T.
Feb 27, 2014 Sabrina T. rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much! I like how it is very suspenseful and there are many "twists and turns" to the story. This story is about Delia and Randy, the main characters, and how they have secrets that take away the one thing they love to do. Double Dutch.

Later in the book, something very unexpected happens that changes the whole story. That event can either have a positive or negative effect on their lives. After though, Delia uncovers Randy's secret which explains why he has been acting
Jul 18, 2015 Len rated it really liked it
I'm close to finish reading this book and I enjoy this book a lot because I like how unique the characters are. There are about 5 important characters in the book so you will figure out their personality and other stuff. This book is about a Delia who loves double dutch tries to compete at World Double Dutch Championship but thats not the only thing that's written in the book. Importantly she and one of her friend have big secret to hide from everyone and that might be more interesting than her ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
As an eighth grader, Delia is totally immersed in the upcoming Double Dutch (jump roping) competition, and all seems to be going well until she finds that, if she doesn’t pass the upcoming achievement exams, she will be barred from competing. She would not only let herself down, but her teammates as well—and everyone would learn her secret—that she could not read. What Delia doesn’t know is that she’s not the only one with a secret. How did Delia fake her way through reading, at school and at ho ...more
Nick Honor
Apr 11, 2016 Nick Honor rated it really liked it
I had an interesting time reading Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper. This is about a girl named Delia who loves to Double Dutch that it's unexplainable and her team has a chance at winning the World championship but Delia has a secret that could keep her off the team next year. Her friend Randy has a secret as well but none of them share with each other.

"But don't worry I got your back." (Draper 98). This quote is from Randy telling Delia in the double Dutch competition which could lead over into
When Titan and Tabu Tolliver transfer to a new school, their classmates circulate rumors about their status as bullies. The rumors are supported by their appearance on a national talk show in which they showcase their bad attitudes and issue ominous threats. The twins don't do much to dispel the myths, but they also don't do much to solidify their status as bullies either.

In class, friends Delia, Randy, and Yolanda (Yo Yo) are working on a project tying into themes from the book Lord of the Flie
Darnisha Monson
May 31, 2015 Darnisha Monson rated it really liked it
Double Dutch was a good book. One of the things I liked best about it was the aspect of double dutch. It took me back to my childhood for sure because that is all myself and my girlfriends played during the summer and after school when the weather was nice. It brought back pleasant memories for me and I love when a book does that. Similar to me, the main character's name begins with a D, Delia. She plays competitive jump rope but has a secret that no one knows about. This is my other issue - how ...more
Katie Cunningham
Jun 18, 2014 Katie Cunningham rated it really liked it
Double Dutch is about 3 good friends in middle school. They are all part of the Double Dutch team at their school and hope to win the championship which will be held in their hometown of Cincinnati. Delia one of the main characters is probably the best jumper on team but she has a secret she has been hiding from everyone including her parents and her best friend. She can't read. She has covered this up by memorizing lectures and class room discussions and offering to do posters and projects inst ...more
Narrated by Patricia Floyd. Booktalk: p 35: Down in the valley where the green grass grows...Delia loves Double Dutch jump-roping. For her, it's more than just exercise. It's the magic of feeling the rhythm of the ropes, the jumping and stepping; hearing the pop and the whip of the ropes on the floor during a competition. Double Dutch also keeps her mind off of things. Like school and homework and the scary Tolliver twins who everyone swears are going to blow up the school one day. But most of a ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
Clever little story about middle-schoolers, each of whom has an important secret he/she keeps to himself/herself out of fear, fear of embarrassment, fear of seeming weak, fear of not fitting in. In the end, with the Double Dutch National Jump Rope Championships in the background, they all learn the value of friendship and the importance of sharing our difficulties and challenges with people who care for us and can help us. It's written at a fairly low reading level, in a very straightforward way ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read for youth, parents, and teachers!

Double Dutch addresses several issues that prevail in the school and home environments of our children: friendships, bullying, social isolation, the effects of natural disasters/phenomena, extracurricular activities, parental involvement, and learning disabilities. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as the characters remind me of kids I knew as a middle-school student. Delia's "secret" is also not very far-fetched as other reviewers have suggested; I
Oct 02, 2008 Saraoxenfeld rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
I liked this book because it made me happy and sad when his dad was missing for two months he gave randy emerncy money so he used up all the money about over 100 dolloars.So when he went to the double dutch contest so Delia saw this flier about randys dad so she wated after doube championship was to give the flier to Randy so his father was beaten and people stole his car and his fore the double dutch championship they had a tornado at thier shool so whole school was complettlty damged ...more
Lauren Sweeney
Jun 28, 2010 Lauren Sweeney rated it really liked it
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Liz Lloyd
Jul 13, 2011 Liz Lloyd rated it really liked it
This novel deals with a lot of dilemas that students face today...

Delia's dilemma is she don't know how to read. She is considered a smart student but no one know she doesn't know how to read. She gets by in her classes by doing projects. She does well with Mathematics and she has lots of friends but no one know she doesn't know how to read. She uses double dutch as her disguise to get away from her problem but when she is faced with the standardized mandatory test, she has to figure out how to
May 12, 2010 Q_joanneknowles rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sixth graders
Shelves: mc-literature
The content in this book seems pretty mild compared to what I've read so far by Sharon Draper. The other novels I've read by Sharon Draper touch on abuse, suicide, death, and teen drinking. This novel is for a much younger audience. The characters are very likable, and I was very concerned about Randy's situation with his father. The build up with the Tolliver twins was very intriguing, but that situation didn't end how I expected it to. Based on the harshness of Draper's other novels, I thought ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Idalia rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-shelf
This is a really great book written by Sharon M. Draper. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so interesting, I just couldn't stand putting the book down.
The tittle really made sense about the story, Double Dutch. That is the center of the book. Whatever problems that were in this book, always ended with double dutch.
Double Dutch, is about a girl named Delia Douglas who is hiding a secret. Delia's friend Randy is also hiding a secret. Delia's secret could cost her lots, like failing
Jan 10, 2012 706sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
This was one of the most touching books i have ever read. I especially felt this way because my brother can read, just really has a problem doing it. I felt like Delia was like my brother. I also loved this book because I could really imagine the characters Sharon M. Draper was describing. Randy was a little plump, but a very down to earth and soft touching charadter at the heart. Delia was a caring girl, who had some problems really just letting all out, and going for it. Sharon M. Draper neve ...more
Geraldine B
Jan 23, 2013 Geraldine B rated it liked it
Double Dutch was a great little story about a young girl's (Delia) struggles, along with the troubles that other people were going through. Her and her friends on the double dutch team were really close, did everything together and really love to be together and compete in what they love the most. The book also fallows the great ups and downs of their double dutch team and even of the town. Not only does one character have a big secret but two do and it keeps you on your toes about what's going ...more
karsen Meck
Jan 04, 2013 karsen Meck rated it it was amazing
Sharon M. Draper wrote the book Double Dutch. She did an amazing job writing this book. This story is taken place mostly in the gym where the jumpers have their practice and where they have their competitions or at their school where the drama hits. There are a lot of characters and they all are interesting but the main characters are Delia, Yolanda, Randy and the Tolliver twins. The twins always make something seem the opposite from what it actually is. Randy’s dad is missing and has been missi ...more
Chris Thompson
Jun 01, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it liked it
Delia and Randy have a secret. Delia can't read, and Randy's father has been missing for six weeks. I can relate. To adults, it seems silly for young teens to keep such secrets from other adults, but from the perspective of the teen, it's a different story. They're afraid of what others will think, so it's easier to say nothing. When I was in fifth grade I had a secret. I discovered it after my brother began struggling with the same problem: near-sightedness. To me, being unable to see was less ...more
Janessa Brown
May 22, 2011 Janessa Brown rated it it was ok
Delia is a part of the American Double Dutch league. For her and many of her teammates, double dutch is a way to escape the world and their problems-including the fact that she can't read. As she struggles to finish eighth grade without her secret being uncovered, Delia's ingenuity is capping off as her inability to read runs her straight into a wall. Will she be able to overcome her fear of judgement and ask for help?

This book was not one of my favorites. I've been a competitor in USA jumprope
Leslie Morrison
This book addresses "special school topics" such as bullying, teacher relationships, and illiteracy. Parents are fairly toothless and rather flat characters. While this is not unusual in books targeting young adult readers, a little more parental perspective could enhance conversations around coping options for the characters.

The bullying topic revolves around menacing twins, boys who seem to strike fear into everyone who meets them. Through a series of events, their notoriety grows, and teacher
Books Kids Like
Oct 09, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it
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Delia lives for double dutch. As she and her teammates train for the international competition, Delia harbors a secret that could get her kicked off the team. She can't read. Although Delia has hidden her disability for eight years, the end-of-the-year proficiency test may reveal her secret to everyone. Randy, Delia's classmate, wonders where his father is. He left on a short haul six weeks ago, and Randy hasn't heard from him since. Bills are piling up, and food supplies are running low. Randy ...more
Judi Paradis
Aug 21, 2011 Judi Paradis rated it liked it
This book follows a group of middle school students with a focus on two kids who have BIG problems. Delia cannot read, but has been able to hide this fact for years using a lot of different coping strategies. This year, she finally has to take an important state test, and she knows her secret will be revealed. Her friend Randy is living all alone since his dad disappeared more than a month ago, and he's afraid that if he tells someone, he'll end up in foster care. Yet, Randy is running out of mo ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Chasdityname rated it it was amazing
I have have just read a book called double dutch and it was about a girl named Delphine.And she is in love with jump roping.Delphine and her friend are in a group which they jump in in compeitions against other groups.Although jump rope is her love the toliver twins aren't. see the toliver just moved there and they are a load of trouble.The twins go around terrorizing people and even went on a local brodcast on tv saying they were going to do something , something big.and Dephine has a friends ...more
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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