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Don't You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,771 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Things are so bad, I feel like I'm going to explode if I don't do something...Everyone has to keep a journal in Mrs. Dunphrey's English class, but the teacher has promised she won't read any entry marked Do not read this. It's the kind of assignment Tish Bonner, one of the girls with big hair who sit in the back row, usually wouldn't take very seriously. But right now, Tis ...more
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1996)
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Monica!
What, what, what is going on with the cover of this book, Simon Pulse? What were you thinking?

Tish, our protagonist, is a sixteen-year-old member of the “gum cracking brigade.” She sits in the back of class, answers questions in a monotone, and intimidates teachers.

Now take a look at the cover of the book. Look away. Look back. See the problem?

This is a more realistic interpretation. The angry eyes? The teased hair? The sullen, get-the-hell-out-of-my-face expression? Yes. Or this girl. She’s n
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Aiko M
Don't you dare read this, mrs. Dunphrey by: Margaret Peterson Haddix is a breath-taking, secretive, young adult novel that has some mystery involved and is written in a journal format. It would fit by other books such as Please write in this book by: Mary Amato and We were liars by: E. Lockhart. Don't you dare read this, mrs. Dunphrey is about a teenager, Tish Bonner who's English class has to each write in a journal for their homework but has the exception of writing do not read above a sectio ...more
Leslie
Natalya picked Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey for her Banned Books Week read. (It is a small book so naturally I picked it up as well.) The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (abffe) hosts a page, “The Stories Behind Some Past Book Bans and Challenges,” upon which they share this about Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey:

"The Galt Joint Union Elementary School board in California decided to ban this novel that explores the life of a troubled teen after a parent comp
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Tabitha
I thought this book was really good. It was about a girl 16 year olds named Tish and her little brother Matt. They live with their mother that has come to be a little on the crazy side. Not in a good way. At school she has to write five entries in a journal for her teacher about her life. Tish decided to write about well; everything. She writes but doesn't want her teacher to read the entry. She also has a dad that left Tish her mom, and her little brother for two years. He came back and tried t ...more
Megan Pohl
I started reading Dont you dear about 2 weeks ago. It was a diary of a young teenage girl in high school. Tish is her name and she had an english teacher who wanted the whole class to write in a journal a few times a week and she promised she wouldnt read the entries if the students didnt want her to. Unfortunatly i think that her teacher should have been read the entries. Tish's home life wasnt all peaches and cream, her dad was always in and out of there lives and her mom is basically a dead b ...more
Julie
This story is written in journal format. The premise of the book is that a 16 year old girl has an assignment for her English class to keep a journal. The teacher has given the class the option to write entries that she promises not to read if the students write "do not read" next to them. The girl, Trish, does this and the journal becomes a way for her to vent the thoughts, emotions and struggles she is going through at home. As she proceeds to write it turns out that she is mostly taking care ...more
Sylvia
In the journal she is keeping for English class, sixteen-year-old Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father abandons her and her brother, and her mother follows him.
I love writing journal myself, and I don't want anybody to read it. But, this story makes me wonder, should we follow the rules of NOT reading other's journal? Especially when we know that someone is in trouble? Still wondering...
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This was a good short read.

The story is about Tish, a 16 year old girl whose school assignment for the year is to write in her journal notebook. Her teacher, Mrs.Dunphrey, said that if her students wrote "Don't Read" on their entries, then she wouldn't read it. Of course Tish doesn't believe her teacher so she does a test to see if her teacher will keep her word. When Tish discovers that her teacher doesn't read any entry marked "Don't Read", she begins to write down her feelings and situation
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Kelsey
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Liz
I was sitting around tonight, putting off doing anything productive, when I picked up this book up off my shelf and started reading bits of it. I first read it in seventh grade, and I really enjoyed it at the time.

Haddix deals with difficult subject matter in this book, more explicitly a girl abusive and neglectful parents struggling to keep her and her brother afloat. The subject matter isn't something which I can relate to, but it does make me feel very fortunate. It's definitely thought-provo
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Tori Cochran
zI really liked this. It was interesting hearing the stuff about the hair in this since it is very outdated now. I liked the main character; she wasn't overly angsty, but she was clearly affected by everything that happened.I think that she did very well overall. I liked that you got to hear what the teacher thought about Tish. The ending made me happy. It actually ended differently than I expected it too, but that is a good thing. Overall, this is really great.
Tyler Hart
I would recommend this book to any teenager who wants a good book to read. Everyone has to keep a journal in Mrs. Dunphrey's English class, but the teacher has promised she would not read any entry marked "Do not read this." It is the kind of assignment Tish Bonner usually would not take very seriously. Right now Tish desperately needs someone to talk to, even if it is only a notebook. As Tish's life spins out of control, the entries in her journal become a lot more private. Is she risking every ...more
Tiffany
Oct 17, 2007 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Reluctant Readers, At Risk Students
Shelves: readtostudents
I teach high school resource reading and english and I have very reluctant, not yet readers. However, my students devoured this book. They constantly wanted more. It is told by a 16 year old girl, Tish, who is basically abandoned by her parents to take care of her younger brother. She tells no one, but has been journaling but not letting her teachers read the entries. She lives in constant fear of being discovered and trying to pay for things with only a part time job.

A great read that I will in
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Nicola Mansfield
Excellent! A page-turner that I read in one sitting. Written as journal entries, one of my favourite formats, this book is impossible to put down. For the older or mature teen this is a rivetting story of a 15 year old girl who has become the parent in her family, of her seven year old brother and their eventual abandonment. We follow the girl's plight in her journal entries as she is afraid to tell anyone about her circumstances. It is a heartfelt journey we travel with her, hoping she will rea ...more
Reyna ♥
This book was not exactly bad, but it suffered from what I refer to as "V.A.S. -- Visible Author Syndrome". The storyline was well paced and had interesting developments, the characters were interesting enough, but you could see the author too much in her work. I understand that the book itself is a bit old not, but I'm not sure if the story was meant to be placed in a different time period --and if it was, would it have killed the author to add the year to the dates before the entries?. Everyth ...more
Katie
**I know I don't HAVE to review this, but I don't care; I will anyway -- because it's that good. As such, I will not be formal at all, as I usually would. Thank you for understanding.**

Tish Bonner's life is going downhill -- no -- down-mountain. Steep mountain. Her abusive dad has returned to town and made it like that. Tish needs someone, or something, to confide her feelings into.

In this case, a journaling assignment for English class.

In her journal, Tish writes about her life of being abused
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Marisa
Tish is 15 and her English teacher, Mrs. Dunphrey, tells he class that part of thier grade is to keep a journal. The students are allowed to mark any entry "do not read" if they do not want Mrs. Dunphrey to read that entry and she will respect that. Tish writes about how her dad has not been around fro 2 years and then he comes back. Eh is abusive and her parents are always fighting. He leaves again after a couple of months and a couple of months after that her mother goes to find him leaving Ti ...more
Laura
Although I've read other books about teens being abused or neglected by their parents, this one came at me from a different angle and I liked that. Tish is writing journal entries as an assignment for her English teacher, Mrs. Dunphrey. The teacher has promised not to read any entries marked "Don't read this" and that is what Tish writes before almost every entry. As Tish struggles with her abusive father and neglectful mother, she writes about those struggles in the journal, all prefaced with " ...more
Stephanne Stacey
Great book for any teen! Haddix has such a way with teen voices. I truly believed that Tish is a 15 almost 16 year old girl. Her personality is such that I would have expected her to react exactly the way she did. I think It even helped me understand my relationship with my daughter a little better.

I love Haddix's writing style in this book. You really felt the frustration in Tish, the confusion, the anger, and the love. It was like no word was wasted, unneeded. The flow kept you focused on the
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Connor Tebelman
This book that Margaret Peterson wrote was a very interesting and excited book. This book is about a girl who name is Tish and she really has a hard time at school but also doesn't take school seriously. She is a sister to her brother Matt and a hard working daughter to her mother. Her mother and father are not together anymore, but one day the father decides to come back to town, and come back to live with the family. The father of Tish is a very bad person. He likes the beat people up even hi ...more
Trish
Tish's English teacher, Mrs. Dunfrey, requires the students to write in a journal 3 times a week. She specifically said that if the students mark an entry "Do Not Read" she will not read it. At first, Tish distrusts the promise. She tests Mrs. Dunfrey by writing about harmless things that no one else would know (the fact that Tish can crochet for example). Once Tish realizes that the journal is safe, she begins writing freely and talking about how difficult her life is becoming. Her father is ab ...more
Emily.rebman
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I can sort of relate to the main character. I may not be in her position, but I deal with anxiety. The main character is Tish. She is anxiety-filled, but doesn't show it. That’s how I am most of the time, too. I would never recommend this book to anyone under 9th grade. They wouldn't understand any of the meaning. I would recommend this book to anyone above the 9th grade. It really makes a person think.
Eleanor
Mar 18, 2015 Eleanor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
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Shelli
Emotionally hard read about a sixteen year old girl who is forced to grow up way to quickly and care for her young brother while her parents self distruct. Entire book is written in a journal format to her teacher with 99% of the entries marked "Do Not Read."
Julia
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Nojood Alsudairi
The main character is a child who does not trust any one. Her teacher pushes her into writing in a diary with the promise of not to read any page unless she is asked to. An interesting story.
E Reyes
Sometimes, assignments can be too boring or too tiring to accomplish. In Mrs. Dunphrey's English class, Tish was required to keep a journal. To provide enough privacy, Mrs. Dunphrey promised not to read entries marked with "Do not read this."
In the end, Tish realized three things:
1. Writing on a journal really helped her explore and vent out her feelings and emotions.
2. You can definitely ask for some help when life gets rough. Handling problems on your own can worsen the problem.
3. You can hat
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Angie
I found this to be an interesting read.
All I can say is that teachers deal with so much; they deserve serious respect and thanks. All students come with a background or burden of some kind. I think this is a great example of how class content has the potential to change lives, though it may not feel like that at times.
I did enjoy seeing the views of both student and teacher.
While it was a good book, if you're looking for something funny or light hearted, this is not the book for you. It's not
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Donovan
I read this book back in middle school and remembered loving it. But I could never remember the name of it until it came into my work the other day, and I read it in one night!

Aside from this being a young adult book and an easy read to what I normally read now, I still love it. Trish is easy to identify with and the way she speaks is similar to how many high schoolers do. The one entry that Trish forgets to write "Don't read" makes it more realistic and is a nice touch.

This is probably one of
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Shana
I’ve have read this book two times. One time back in eighth grade and this year for my 2014 book challenge. The book is as good as it was the first time I read it.

Tish, who is the main character has to keep a journal for her English class. And her teacher Mrs. Dunphrey allows them to write whatever they want in the journals as long as she sees that they are doing them. She tells them that they can even write Do Not Read and she will give them full credit for it. Things go from bad to worse for T
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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