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Don't You Dare Read This Mrs Dunphrey

by Margaret P. Haddix   |  Grades:  7-12  |  Ages: 12+  |  Lexile Level: 890

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Things are so bad, I feel like I'm going to explode if I don't do something... 

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?


"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."-- BCCB


Black-Eyed Susan Award | Winner | Grades 6-9 | 1998 - 1999

Biographical Note About Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix (1964 -   ) is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at

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