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Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Sep 13, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 13 to 25, 2011

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Journal

Rating: ****This book includes details about an abusive home in a journal format. I recommend every teacher read this book to get another look at some of our students' home lives and how it affects their education.

Summary: The students in Mrs. Dunphrey's English class have been given a journal writing assignment. Tish Bonner writes regularly in her journal about her abusive father, her menatally ill mother, and the little brother she must care for. Tish has requested that Mrs. Dunphrey not read her journal entries until she can take no more and must ask for help.

Main Characters:
Tish Bonner - She is a 16 year old girl living in an abusive home. She is more of a parent to her little brother and gives him the love and care he needs. She worries about putting food on the table and a roof over their heads while trying to go to school.
Matt Bonner - He is Tish's little brother. He cries all the time for his absent mom and dad. He even begins to wet the bed every night.

Key Issues: abusive relationships, survival, family, friendship, education

Other Interesting Information: This book is a winner of the International Reading Association Award and an ALA best book for young adults. The author, Margaret Peterson Haddix, also wrote the popular Shadow Children series.

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