Catherine Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk, Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.
The particulars of farm life, high school relationships, and college decisions are imparted with uncommon realism, and Murdock showcases the unexpected drama of everyday characters making mundane but essential life decisions. D.J.'s voice is intimate and compelling, her story both universal and unique, familiar and eye-opening. Here is a worthy send-off for a one-of-a-kind character. --Horn Book[D.J.'s] self-deprecating and humorous voice is still as fresh the third time around.. --BooklistMurdock successfully integrates fresh trials and pressures, well-developed primary and likable peripheral characters, and amusing introspection into the backstory. . .D.J. is ultimately a responsible, realistically flawed, funny, endearing, and strong heroine worth rooting for whether on the court or on the page. --School Library JournalFront and Center is a perfect coming of age story and a completely satisfying conclusion to the three-book series. --Jen Robinson's Book Page blog This was a great novel with a lot of humor, but also a lot of serious situations, and relatable characters that I loved reading about. --BookDivas.comA fantastic end to a terrific series...A+ --Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf blogYou won't want to miss it. --Abby the Librarian blogFront and Center by Catherine Murdock is a satisfying conclusion to the Dairy Queen trilogy with a message that lasts long after you've read the last page. By emphasizing the importance of family, friendship, and support, all of which are sometimes overlooked in young adult literature, this book will motivate its reader to reach out and take risks. --Feed Your Imagination blogI haven't read the first two books in this series, but I had no problem falling in love with DJ, her family and her friends. --KISS THE BOOK blog