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August 30, 2009

Double Dutch

Double Dutch

Author: Sharon M. Draper

Page Length: 183

Reading Level: 5.5

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY:  Delia and her teammates have a chance at winning the World Double Dutch Championships. Delia and her friends tremendously love double dutch. Delia would not know what to do if she could not jump. However, she has a secret that might keep her off the double dutch team next year. Delia’s friend, Randy, also shares a secret. Both Delia and Randy try to keep their secrets with great effort. Randy’s secret evokes a sense of loneliness and fear. At the same time, the Tolliver twins are planning a malicious event. Everyone in the school is trying to figure out what the Tolliver twins might do – causing rumors to spread. Also, the Tolliver twins may have a secret of their own. Unfortunately, on the day of the World Double Dutch Championship, Delia’s and Randy’s secrets collide threatening to destroy their friendship. On what should be the happiest day of Delia’s life, Randy and her friendship may be in jeopardy. She wonders why life can’t be as easy as double dutch is to her. What is Delia’s secret and how has she been able to keep it this long? What or who is threatening to expose the secret? If her secret is exposed, she fears that she may not be able to be on the double dutch team next year.  

REVIEW:  Double Dutch is a face-paced book and an easy read. The reader’s attention immediately is captured. The characters are well developed and teenagers can certainly identify with them. The author realistically portrays how teenagers think, act, behave, feel, and interact with one another. The book deals with truths that can be identified on a personal and public level. Delia has to keep a secret that, if known, may keep her off the double dutch team next year in which she finds solace.

AREAS FOR TEACHING:  context clues, figurative language, connotation and denotation, main idea and supporting details, theme, setting, characters, point of view, conflict, plot, compare/contrast, cause/effect, sequence of events, inference, voice, mood, and tone

RELATED BOOKS:  The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake, Double Dutch by Veronica Chambers, Who am I Without Him? by Sharon Flake,  The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, Begging for Change by Sharon Flake, Money Hunger by Sharon Flake, Bang!  by Sharon Flake, Street Love  by Walter Dean Meyers, Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, Heaven by Angela Johnson,  Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia. Books by the same author: Copper Sun, Forged by Fire, Tears of a Tiger, Battle of Jericho, Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn

MOVIES CONNECTIONS: Double Dutch Jump Roping (2002), Jump In! (2007)

MUSIC CONNECTIONS: Rowdy Ropes: Jump Rope Activity Songs by Dinonastics, Jump Aerobics by Kimbo Educational, Jump In! (Soundtrack)

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://sharondraper.com/lessonsdetail.asp?lesson=7

http://www.sandtpublications.com/f/Double_Dutch_Samples_for_Web_Site.pdf

http://www.simonandschuster.net/content/book.cfm?tab=22&pid=413195&agid=21

http://www.instructorweb.com/lesson/jumpropejam.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia

http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/learning_problem/dyslexia.html

http://www.usajumprope.org/    (scroll down on right to view all-star demo)

REVIEWED BY:  Tammy Leitzel

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14 Comments »

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