The Off Season

The Off Season

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Life is looking up for D. J. Schwenk, star of Dairy Queen. She's made it to eleventh grade, she's reconnecting with her best friend, and she's got a thing going with Brian Nelson. But best of all, she's playing for the Red Bend High School football team—as the first female linebacker in northern Wisconsin.
But then the season goes suddenly, horribly wrong: her brother Win is put into the hospital after getting a devastating injury during a game. Once again, D.J. is forced to step up and be there for her family. It's a heavy burden, even for D.J.'s strong shoulders. She'll have to dig deeper than she's ever had to before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618686957
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/04/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 13 Years

About the Author

Catherine Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk,  Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.

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The Off Season 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only sport that D.J. will truly ever know is football, what with most of her family playing it and the cows having names like Joe Namath. The only life D.J. Schwenk is used to is the farm life. Now that her two oldest brothers are gone to college, and never seem to stay in contact with them, and her father having a bad hip, it's up to D.J. and her brother to keep her farm working. and the was in the book Dairy queen. Now this is the second book the Off season. C.J. Schwenk has a pretty good thing going. She is on the football team at her high school, has a boyfriend (sort of), and is reconnecting with her best friend. Then things start to unravel. First she has to choose between football and basketball in order to secure a scholarship. Then her boyfriend starts avoiding her. But those issues become minor when her quarterback brother is seriously injured in a college football game. Her parents are unable to travel, and she has to be the one to go to him in the hospital. There she realizes how strong she really is. D.J. is a wonderful character. She is athletic and strong, the opposite of the way young women are usually presented on the TV and in a lot of literature. Girls who liked her in the first book, Dairy Queen, will love her in this one. The author deftly combines large scale crisis, a brother who is paralyzed, with the small details that teens normally deal with, such as what to do when her boyfriend does not call. She is a realistic character in a realistic setting. Girls, especially those that are often accused of being tomboys, will love seeing themselves in D.J, Curtis, the one that hardly ever talks, to get things done.
Cassidy Mitchell More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I recomend the series to anyone who will listen!
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This one was better than the first one. It was more realistic with less of a Cinderella feel, and DJ really proved herself to be a dynamic character. This story to me was much more interesting. However, the writing style remained poor. I could barely read some sentences because the sentence structure was absolutely horrible. I swear there are one or two sentences that could qualify as the World's Longest Run-On. It also was refreshing to read a teenage book without cussing and sex on every page.
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I am a goat farmer from Missouri. I also play soccer for my school whos rival is Jackson. You can get alot of crap for dating a Jackson guy. I dont have that rough life like DJ but I can relate. You must read this book. It shows how to work hard and fight through problems. Great series!
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I had to read Dairy Queen for school....i enjoyed it so i decided to read this book
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I loved this book it is great __________
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This is the best out of all 3 books. You wont be abel to put it down.
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I was playing guy football wayyyyy before DJ Shwenk was, since like 3rd grade! Anyway it is a really good book, but the sentence structure is pretty bad... This is probably the only teen series that you will not see cussing and the work sex on every page! All in all, its a great book, so read it! 8;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its my favorite series
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This book inspired me to play guy football