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  Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Petterson Haddix

Review by: Nicole P.
North Carolina, Grade 7

What do you do when your dad is a drunk, your mom antagonizes him, and they both abandon you? Tish is in high school and doesn’t have any idea where to come up with food or money for her and her little 8 year old brother Matt. Don’t You Dare Read this Mrs. Dunphrey is a 1966 young adult novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I liked the characters in this book and their personalities. I was impressed with the way Tish paid the bills, kept them from being evicted, and didn’t let anyone know their situation.
Tish is a responsible student, with a depressed mom, a drunken dad, and an eight-year old brother that she raises. All of this responsibility makes Tish seem like an overwhelmed adult. She is worried about someone discovering they are abandoned. Tish is very scared she and her brother will be separated, and sent to foster homes. Matt is frightened. He does not know what to say to Tish when he accidentally wets the bed. She wonders about her mom and dad, and is hurt by her parents’ actions. She keeps writing journal entries for her English teacher Mrs. Dunphrey. At the top of the journal entries, you may write “read”, or “don’t read this Mrs. Dunphrey”. It all depends on if you want her to read it or if you want it to be private. However, Tish does not want Mrs. Dunphrey to read any of her entries. She writes “don’t you dare read this Mrs. Dunphrey” on all her journal entries. Mrs. Dunphrey is concerned, but she has no idea what is going on. Tish and Matt made the story better because they are very close.
Margaret Peterson Haddix has Tish narrating this book using first person point of view. The reader knows exactly what Tish is thinking and feeling because you are reading her journal entries. It is very exciting to read some body’s personal belonging. You get to be kept updated and in on what are going on with Tish and Mrs. Dunphrey in this incident.
The book Don’t You Dare Read this Mrs. Dunphrey, is a realistic fiction book. This book is realistic fiction because it has made up characters but can easily happen in real life. Tish, Matt, and their parents are made up. The situation Tish and Matt are in could easily happen. This genre fits this book because of the situation and obstacles Tish and Matt are trying to dodge.
Lastly, I liked this book because of the drama and heartbreaking situations. You should consider reading this book. It will touch your heart. You will feel sorry for Tish and Matt. This book is most appropriate for teenagers, twelve to eighteen and maybe even a little older because of the adult situations. This author has written many more teen and adult novels. Escape from Memory, Leaving Fishers, Turnabout, and many more good books. This book was written in 1966 and was a top seller.

This book was written in 1966 and was a top seller.

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