Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey Published 1996Buy the Book

Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

  • A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 1997
  • A YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adults, 1997
  • International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Book Award, 1997
  • TAYSHAS High School Reading List, 1998-99
  • Maryland Library Association Black-Eyed Susan Award, 1999
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award, 2000
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 2003

Everyone has to keep a journal in Mrs. Dunphrey’s English class, but the teacher has promised she won’t read any entry marked “Do not read this.” It’s the kind of assignment Tish Bonner, one of the girls with big hair who sit in the back row, usually wouldn’t take very seriously. But right now, Tish desperately needs someone to talk to, even if it’s only a notebook she doesn’t dare let anyone read.

As Tish’s life spins out of control, the entries in her journal become more and more private…and dangerous. Is she risking everything that matters to her by putting the truth on paper? And is she risking more by keeping silent?

“A brief, gritty documentary novel, this will be a natural for reluctant readers and could also be used for readers’ theater.”

“The peeking-into-a-life appeal of the journal format combined with the realism of Tish’s plight will satisfy readers looking for high drama with a gritty edge.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


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