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Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

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Briana Gilbert Kidd

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Plot Summary
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
Summer Reading Notes
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Summer reading test Friday, August 15 (100 points)
Notecards due Friday, August 15 (40 points)
Think about it...
Basic Information
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
written over 30 books for teens
lives in Ohio with husband & 2 college daughters
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey Info.
published in 1996
written in stream-of-consciousness style
first-person point-of-view
grammatical errors throughout because it is written through journal entries of a teenager with imperfect grammar
1992, beginning of the school year
assumed to be set in Columbus, Ohio (That's where the "Burger Boy" chain is located.)
Burger Boy restaurant-Tish's workplace
Mrs. Dunphrey's classroom-Tish's English teacher
Grandma's house-where Tish, Matt, & their mother live since Grandma died
Tish Bonner
-protagonist; narrator; sophomore in high school; supports her family; takes care of her brother
Matt Bonner
-Tish's eight-year-old brother; bullied; wets the bed; too young to understand the situation
Ray Bonner
-Tish's dad; abusive; violent temper; left his family; truck driver; tries to buy his family's love/acceptance; killed neighbor's dog; leaves when Tish yells at him
1. Have you ever kept a journal? Did you find yourself writing secrets in the journal that you would never have told
a friend or family member?
2. Have you ever had to assume responsibilities for which you were not prepared? How did you deal with the situation?
3. Have you had a teacher who made a difference in your life? Explain.
4. Do you work a part-time job for extra money? Is it difficult to work and be in school?
5. Do you have brothers or sisters? What would you do if you were suddenly responsible for them?
Mrs. Bonner
-Tish's mom; severe depression; cries a lot; dropped out of high school; abandons her children to go search for her husband; battered wife syndrome
Mrs. Dunphrey
-Tish's English teacher; only adult Tish respects or trusts
-Tish's friend; habit of shoplifting
-Tish's friend; feminist of the group; more of Sandy's friend than Tish's
-Tish's friend; implied "voice of reason"
-Tish's deceased grandmother; taught Tish to crochet; subject of Tish's flashbacks
Bud Turner
-Tish's co-worker; asks Tish out and cuts her hours when she refuses; eventually becomes manager of Burger Boy and fires Tish
Tish Bonner is an average teenage girl with a part-time job, three best friends, and a not-so-average family situation. With her abusive father out of the picture, Tish is left to support her depressive mother and her eight-year-old brother, Matt.
With the loss of her grandmother and a trust issue with most all adults in her life, Tish feels as if she has nowhere to turn.
Her English teacher, Mrs. Dunphrey, throws the lethargic Tish for another loop when she assigns each student a journal and requires them to write in it at least three times a week. However, she promises not to read any entry marked, "Don't read, Mrs. Dunphrey." Tish does not know if she can believe Mrs. Dunphrey, so she writes filtered entries at first.
Unexpectedly, Tish's pathetic dad shows up around Thanksgiving and tries to play the good guy again. Tish sees straight through his facade, and pushed to her limit, she explodes and causes her dad to leave.
Just when Tish believes things cannot get worse, she comes home one afternoon to find a note from her irresponsible mom that explains how she has abandoned Tish and Matt in search of their father.
Tish is left, completely helpless, responsible for Matt and completely out of money.
In a last, desperate attempt to keep Matt and herself alive, Tish finally decides to let Mrs. Dunphrey read her journal, even the entries marked "Do not read."
Mrs. Dunphrey finds a social worker to take care of the situation, and TIsh and Matt are finally

sent to live with Mr. Bonner's parents, who enlighten her about her father's erratic behavior and attempt to give her and Matt the childhood they never had.
Beauty can come from even the worst situations.
Neglect and abuse are not fair experiences for children.
Writing can provide a way for one to release and handle emotion.
Everyone needs someone to trust and to look up to.
Age does not make someone an adult.
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