Front and Center

Front and Center

Book - 2009
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After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I'm always in the background . . .
But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who's keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . .
Readers first fell in love with straight-talking D.J. Schwenk in Dairy Queen; they followed her ups and downs both on and off the court in The Off Season. Now D.J. steps out from behind the free-throw line in this third installment of the Dairy Queen series.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780618959822
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Murdo
Characteristics: 256 p.


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Cdnbookworm Nov 09, 2013

This is the third book in the series featuring Wisconsin farm girl and athlete DJ Schwenk. Basketball season has begun and DJ knows she will be expected to take a leadership role on the team, but doesn't feel comfortable speaking up when others are watching. She also knows that a scholarship for basketball is the only way she will get to go to college given her family's financial circumstances.
Her old brother Win has taken an interest in her basketball and college issues after she helped him move forward in his life. But she doesn't like the pressure on her and isn't sure she is cut out for a top basketball school.
This novel is about self confidence, knowing who you are and being able to tell others, and being a role model. DJ likes flying under the radar, but that isn't possible for her right now, and she has to learn how to deal with attention and being the leader her skills naturally take her to. This is about friendship and growing up, about standing up for yourself and about not selling yourself short.

Aug 23, 2012

Some people got bored with this one because it was only about DJ picking colleges and picking guys, but I thought it was the best book by out of the three. SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(and not only because she picked Brian in the end) END OF SPOILER!!!!!! I was so annoyed with DJ's character in the beginning because she said she learned to talk but she didn't really and the way the book was written, all she did was ramble. But after two books which I read because of the adorable, adoraable Curtis, DJ grew on me. I love her brothers so much, I just want her family to adopt me so they could be my brothers. I liked Beaner, and even Brian started to grow on me. I liked Kara. She had to be the nicest cheerleader/popular girl ever. I like the fact that DJ had to learn leadership. And I liked all the funny parts to this book. This was the book that made me laugh the most out of the three. It was a great ending even though I will miss Curtis dearly. :)

ARIEL D SMITH Aug 03, 2012

the last book... so sad!!! i read all three books , the ending of this one is awesome!111

Sep 03, 2011

"Front and Center" follows -in the novel's time line - "The Off Season" and "Dairy Queen" by just a few weeks. "Dairy Queen" started around May or June and ended near the end of August. "The Off Season" started around Sept and ended near the end of Nov.

"Front and Center" begins just before Christmas and ends around March of the next year. So, a lot of the stuff that happened in the earlier novels makes appearances in this one too. This includes the on again and off again DJ and Brian thing. But the really big thing is whether or not DJ can get a basketball scholarship and go to college like her brothers. Well, of course she can! And, that is why "Front and Center" is not quite as good as the others. In the end, DJ just has to make a choice between two great schools. Not exactly exciting. Still, DJ as a character is fun to read about.

I have not read this book yet, but the first two in the series were sunshine in book form. to be edited once i do.

Jul 23, 2010

Nice story - however, the author obviouly did not know much about basketball. the main character's relationship with others [boyfriends] is also slightly unrelated and confusing.

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