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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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This is a book about a 15 year old girl who becomes a linebacker on her high school football team. It is a great premise, but what makes it a great book is the fact that the story doesn’t focus on football. D.J. is a depressed and overworked teen who thinks little of herself at the beginning of the book; she spends most of her waking hours taking care of her family’s dairy farm because her father is crippled with a hip injury and her older brothers are off at college.

When a rich, spoiled boy, Brian, is sent to help on the farm, D. J. starts to realize that she wants more for her life. And, when a family friend challenges her to train Brian to get him in shape for the upcoming football season, D. J. finds her purpose. I love that this book has a girl training a boy for football and eventually a girl playing football; D. J. is believable at both. The book rebuffs the social stereotypes of jocks, discussing sexuality as D.J. falls in love with Brian and D.J.’s best friend declares her love for D.J. But, at the core of the story is a girl who finds something that she loves and, in the process, learns to love herself.

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