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The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer
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Apr 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: coming-of-age, fiction, friendship, realistic-fiction, ssyra
Read from April 18 to 23, 2012

Duncan is a social outcast who doesn't have much going for him. He and his mother just moved to Drilling Falls, PA after she lost her job in their old town. Now they live with his aunt, and she works at Thriftee Mike's. Duncan sits at the outcasts table and tries to stay un-noticed, but when he shows his secret talent to his one friend, the ability to read with his fingertips, the school bully and Scrabble champion notices, and wants Duncan on his team for the Youth Scrabble Tournament (YST).

April is the word-nerd in a family of jocks. She's desperate to prove to her family that she is worth something. Winning the YST might do that.

Nate's father lost the YST by one word when he was twelve years old. Obsessed with having his son succeed where he failed, he homeschools him on a Scrabble curriculum. Nate would rather go to school and skateboard. He knows that winning the YST is his only chance to finally be free of his father's obsession.

All three of these tweens come together at the YST tournament in Florida. But who will win?
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