24. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer, 304 pages, read by Angie, on 09/19/2012

Duncan Dorfman has magic fingertips; they allow him to read anything he touches without looking. He has just moved to a new town with his single-parent mom and wants to fit in. Unfortunately he has the nickname of Lunch Meat and wears shirts the color of condiments. Then he shows his power to Carl, the youth scrabble champion. Carl immediately recruits Duncan to play scrabble and forces his to use his power. April is from a family of sports fanatics, but she only loves Scrabble. Her family doesn’t understand her. She wants to make it to the Youth Scrabble Tournament so she can prove to her family that Scrabble is a sport. Nate’s dad lost the YST when he was twelve and now he is obsessed with Nate winning it. He has pulled Nate out of school so they can study scrabble full time. All Nate wants to do is go back to school and skateboard. The kids meet up at YST and become friends.

For a fan of Scrabble this book might be more entertaining, but as it is it is fairly tedious. The kids are all stereotypes and pretty one-dimensional. The adults are ridiculous. And the plot is pretty predictable. There are pages of Scrabble lists (seriously every two letter word is listed here!). I think a little less time could have been spent on developing the Scrabble games and a little more time spent on developing plot and character.

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