Dairy Queen

A Novel

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dairy Queen
This is the summer that fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk, expert at cows and football, learns an awful lot about love and life. A farmgirl who loves football, a football playing farmer who loves the Food Network, a mother who loves her career, a nerd who loves cheerleading, and an all-star athlete who loves dentistry ... D.J. describes them all in her modest, funny, and honest voice. D.J. Schwenk, a 16-year-old living on her family's farm in Wisconsin, comes from a family of football stars. Football is so important in her family that even the cows are named after famous football players. The Schwenks may excel in football but they definitely don't excel in communication. D.J. recognizes that her family does not discuss important issues and decides she must search for the strength to look for greener pastures in her own life. When she finds the courage to do what really makes her happy, she discovers passions in the people she loves and learns to appreciate each more fully.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, 2006
ISBN: 073933087X
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Additional Contributors: Moore, Natalie
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Aug 31, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story-telling that is sheer entertainment. I enjoyed all of the characters.

Jul 07, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock to be a realistic look at fifteen year old DJ Schwenk’s summer as she takes on the bulk of the work on her family’s Wisconsin Dairy Farm due to her father’s injury. With only her younger brother’s help, the work is overwhelming and her schoolwork has already suffered as she flunked English. High school football plays an important role in this small rural town and a strong rivalry with an adjacent town has built up over the years. DJ’s own family is quite involved in football as her father is a former coach and her two older brothers were stars before they left home.

Brian Nelson plays for the rival team, and although talented, he needs to be trained in focus and temperament and so his coach, who is a family friend, brings him to the Schwenk farm to work and, he hopes, to be trained by DJ. At first this appears to be a bad idea as DJ and Brian are like oil and water, but gradually over the summer, they bond and DJ develops a major crush on him.

But this is so much more than a girl/boy/football story. The story deals with many issues, in particular communicating and keeping secrets. A coming of age story about finding yourself as an individual and becoming comfortable in your own skin. Well written with a very likeable heroine, this was a very enjoyable read.


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