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Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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May 03, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school, teen
Read in January, 2005

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 of her little brother (and later entirely doing so) and that her father is abusive and her mother is neglectful. A series of events occur until Trish reaches the point where she must ask for help. This is a great book because is gives perspective to why some kids at school may act tough. It illustrates a struggle for survival that most teens take for granted but for some is a reality. It is very realistic in the use of the teen voice. Trish is sarcastic and tough, but she has a good heart and tries very hard to do what is right and take care of herself and her little brother. I really liked this book a lot. This book is an ALA quick pick, it might be a good choice for reluctant teen readers because it is very short but also quite engrossing.
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