Monday, December 16, 2013


The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

Three kids from around the country are prepping for a national Scrabble tournament. One is doing it to have an identity other than "Lunch Meat" at his new school. One is doing it to prove to her sporty family that her interests are important, too. And one is being forced into it so his dad can try to relive his own trip to the tournament. The kids and their Scrabble partners meet up at the tournament and become friends as they work through their individual circumstances.

This was really good. I am not a Scrabble person, so the handful of pages on two letter Scrabble words and other Scrabble techniques were a little lost on me, but I could easily follow and enjoy the rest of the story. All the pieces come together nicely in the end of the book. The likable kids (well, most of them are likable) really band together, especially considering that they are probably going to be competitors at some point in the tournament.

3.5 out of 5 stars
AR reading level of 5.2

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