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Dang It, Murphy

T.D. Showalter (Author)

ISBN: 1-4958-0228-0 ©2014
Price: $12.95
Book Size: Landscape 11" x 8.5" , 230 pages
Category/Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / General

Andy’s pre-teen life goes from simple to complex as he and fellow teens, Emily and Selena, confront a series of life events that challenge their ingenuity and unexplored boundaries.

At first, twelve-year-old Andy focuses on the simple and uncluttered things in life. Andy’s quirky imagination is vivid, but even he can’t conceive of the complex relationships and unexpected treasures that await. As Andy meets Boofer, Emily, and Selena, his life explodes. How in the world would two girls, their families, a cave, driving a big truck without a license, and one old junkyard owner, Otto, change life forever? After a wild ride to rescue Selena, an unexpected encounter awaits Andy. This story allows teens to consider life’s boundaries.

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Customer Reviews

  Engaging Read , 10/07/2014
Reviewer: DeAnn Warner
This is an engaging book for 11, 12, 13-year olds. It covers a lot of situations that a pre-teen might have to deal with from family life difficulties, to wanting a dog, to becoming friends with an unusual person,to disobeying parents and the consequences. The characters are realistic and likable. The story is easy to follow and well written. My grandson will soon get a copy!

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  Friendship, adventure...a great read , 10/27/2014
Reviewer: Susan Giffen
What a delightful find. Dang It, Murphy is a fun book for young readers (from 5th through 8th grade.) I read it thinking it might be a good book to read to my grand kids, and it definitely is. It’s set in a rural area that still has hills, wooded areas and caves. It’s filled with family, friendship, and a reclusive neighbor who just happens to have a junk yard. Andy is a kid who loves and respects his parents, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t push boundaries, make mistakes and get into dangerous predicaments. I found the book refreshing because the characters seemed to be real and the situations they find themselves in real. It was refreshing to read a book that’s has humor, adventure and is filled with worthwhile values. (Plus, it’s a great story about a boy and his dog!

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  Life Lessons , 11/18/2014
Reviewer: Steve Guss
I quickly found myself drawn into the story and interested in the characters. The author's easy writing style was like the feel of a comfy pair of old slippers. It was fascinating to watch Andy and Emily learn life's lessons. The truth about first impressions and the realization about what's really important! An ideal book for my Middle School Grandchildren. Plan on buying all of them a copy for Christmas! Can hardly wait for the next adventure!

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  Dang It, Murphy , 05/27/2015
A short story, just packed full of situations, that is sure to captivate the interests of middle school kids. All readers will be provoked to their own opinions about the escapades of Andy and his friends. Additionally, opinions seem to stimulate discussion which makes this book an ideal learning tool! The author, thoughtfully, provided good discussion questions. Teachers and parents alike can use questions to stimulate reflection and discussion. This will facilitate critical and creative thinking. What a fun way to learn new skills.

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  , 08/28/2015
Reviewer: Debbie Engel
This is a great story for middle school kids and possibly high school students. I enjoyed it as an adult. It is very easy to read and hard to put down. It teaches nice lessons without preaching and is very engaging. I highly recommend it!

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