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Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff
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May 12, 12

bookshelves: basketball, bullies, community, families, ncbla2013, school, teachers
Read in May, 2012

When new kid Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata tie with the same number of votes for the news anchor spot, their fourth grade classmates decide that the winner will be the one who takes all the dares the others can thrown at him/her. Thus begins a mighty conflict filled with humor and more than a little barfing as the two are dared to lick a lizard, consume several packets of ketchup, among other crazy activities. As they compete, they eventually realize that they have quite a lot in common since both of their families are going through divorces. In Francine's case, her father has moved into a new apartment, and she will have to come to terms with the fact that while things won't be the same, the two of them can start new traditions. Kansas must help his younger sister accept the fact that no matter how well intended, their father rarely follows up on his promises, making him more absent than present in their lives. Once the two rivals finally join forces, the results are almost magical and quite impressive as seen in the school talent show. This is a fast read filled with plenty of good lessons and a cast of complicated characters.
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