Monday, May 27, 2013

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

Have you ever wondered if life is out to get you?  Junior high schooler Duncan has that feeling every day. His single mom tries to help, but will life get any better or will it just get stranger? Duncan does have one gift and when the rich kid Carl learns of it, he has a plan - using that gift to win the national Scrabble tournament. Will winning really change Duncan's life? To do that he has to get past 2 other teams that have their own reasons to win. April Blunt needs this win to prove to her family that she really does belong to her sport jock family. Nate Savano just wants to get his father off his back and be allowed to go back to school. Does all of them becoming friends interfere with winning or does it end up keeping them alive when some adult takes the "winning-at-all-costs" idea a little to far? Who knew that Scrabble could be dangerous to your life? Who wins in both life and game? You will never play Scrabble the same way again once you read this.