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Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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Read in January, 2004

This is the third in the Dairy Queen series written by Murdock about the character DJ and her life on the dairy farm and her love and talent for sports. The third book finds DJ back at school after helping her depressed brother Win fight to recover after a paralyzing injury. It is her junior year the year that matters most with basketball and the scouts are ready to watch her. Her coach wants her to play point guard to demonstrate both her ability to lead while also scoring points. DJ, however, is very shy and can not find the voice to direct the other players on court. While helping Ashley after practice improve her game, Ashley advises DJ to become an actress pretending to be someone else calling the plays. DJ’s former friend Beaner, an outgoing basketball player slowly becomes her new boyfriend after DJ had broken off with Nick? Whom she had worked with when she played football in the first and second books. DJ is scouted by the big TEN colleges and small schools alike but DJ’s shyness prevents her from seeing herself playing in front of thousands of fans and possibly letting them down. This is a book about finding your voice, and the courage to be truthful to yourself and in your relationships. This is a wholesome series that is well-written, warm with positive role models that could be recommended to any teen.
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