Call the Shots

Call the Shots

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by Don Calame
     
 

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And . . . action! As the uproarious trio returns, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight — scripting a low-low-budget film while fielding unexpected female fans.

Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean’s point of view. What’s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie

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And . . . action! As the uproarious trio returns, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight — scripting a low-low-budget film while fielding unexpected female fans.

Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean’s point of view. What’s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and Matt filthy rich! It’s a terrible idea, and Sean knows it. But he actually is desperate for cash — and for a way to wipe that big fat L off his girlfriend-less forehead. But when he agrees to write a script about the attack of zombie-vampire humanzees, he has no idea just how powerful a chick magnet this movie will be. Suddenly Sean is juggling not one but three interested ladies. There’s his accidental-girlfriend-turned-psychotic-stalker, Evelyn. There’s the wicked hot actress from drama class, Leyna, who seems willing to do anything to land the starring role. And even his twin sister’s gothed-out best friend, Nessa, is looking at Sean in a whole new way. Will any of them wind up as Sean’s true leading lady? Will Sean stop being a doormat and finally start calling the shots?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“ll we ever get out of Coop’s schemes are headaches and heartbreaks,” opines high school sophomore Sean, who gets his turn narrating in this third volume about the misadventures of three boys that began with Swim the Fly. Coop’s latest idea is to make a low-budget horror film. Neither Sean nor Matt are interested until Sean’s parents announce there’s a baby on the way. With Coop’s emphasis on the commercial aspects of filmmaking (“The idea is to make something that will sell. Quality is secondary”), Sean signs on, hoping to earn enough to add an extension to his house so he won’t have to share a room with his twin sister, Cathy, a truly unpleasant character. Naturally, complications ensue, as Sean inadvertently becomes linked romantically with a possibly psychotic ninth-grader, while trying to nurture a relationship with Leyna, a hot classmate, and fend off advances from Cathy’s BFF, Nessa. (Sean’s “lightsaber” fully extends in his shorts many, many times.) Those who enjoyed the first two books will find a hefty helping of more raunchy fun. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)
VOYA - Lindsay Grattan
Sean's friends Coop and Matt are convinced they have found a way to become rich, and making a low-budget horror film is the way to do it. At first Sean is skeptical, but when he learns that his mother is pregnant and he will have to share a room with his twin sister, Cathy, to make way for the new baby, he decides to jump on board with the movie. He will do anything to get out of sharing a room with his sister, and that means raising enough money to help his parents build an extension on their house. Sean even has an opportunity to finally get a girlfriend, but when he agrees to write the script for the zombie film, he never expects he will have to choose between three potential romantic interests. Calame's third book featuring this trio of friends is hilarious from start to finish. From his first girlfriend, Evelyn, who stalks him ceaselessly and is convinced they share an undying devotion to each other, to beautiful Leyna who wants the leading role in their zombie movie and sends Sean risque photos via text message, to Cathy's goth best friend, Nessa, Sean has his hands full. This is a novel about a sensitive guy who perceives himself as a loser and suddenly gets everything he wants with no idea how to handle it. Both guys and girls will love following Sean and his friends throughout their crazy exploits. This is a fun and fast read for even the most reluctant. Reviewer: Lindsay Grattan
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
At dinner one night, several days before the start of tenth grade, Sean receives some unwelcome news. He is going to lose his bedroom to the new baby his mother is pregnant with. Their three-bedroom home does not easily allow for a nursery for his new sibling; he and his sister will have to share a room. Sean decides that he needs to come up with a way to fund a new addition to the house. When he reads information about a horror movie contest, Sean takes the challenge and drags in his buddies Coop and Matt to help. His slightly drug-induced uncle agrees to help finance the venture—sort of—and the girls in their circle of friends agree to support the project as well. When his sister's friend Nessa offers to help with the script, life looks good for Sean. Not only is there a budding relationship between them, but she really can write. Of course there are problems, including a manic girlfriend with a burly brother and a drama teacher who brings his own twist to the storyline, not to mention the ongoing sibling civil war between Sean and his sister Cathy. The jokes about sexual orientation are crude and the language gets raw, but there is something genuinely sensitive about the family interactions here. Sean's willingness to help the situation rather than simply rail against the inevitable is noteworthy. This book should be considered unsuitable for children younger than high school age, and even so some of the humor may be deemed offensive. However, the authentic friendships and creative problem-solving do provide some redemption. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
Kirkus Reviews
It's nice guy Sean's turn to shine in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly (2009) and Beat the Band (2010). Sean isn't initially swayed by his crazy friend Coop's idea to make himself, Sean and their third amigo Matt into millionaires by shooting a low-budget horror film. But after his parents announce that they are having another baby and there is no money for a bigger house, Sean decides to sign on as screenwriter to avoid moving into his mean twin sister's room. However, writing the movie is the least of his problems. Sean also finds himself embroiled in a terrifying romantic four-way with his new, Swiss-cheese–smelling, stalker girlfriend Evelyn, his drama crush Leyna and his sister's best friend, the enigmatic Nessa. Sean's well-intentioned attempts to juggle his relationships, school and the movie shoot result in the kind of outrageous mishaps that fans have come to expect from author Calame, who once again does not disappoint, with grade-A gross-outs that include a colossal bird-crap bombing and a chorizo-and-chili projectile-vomiting incident. Fearlessly foul, this consistently comical series should be required reading for all teenage boys and anyone else with a strong stomach and highly sensitive funny bone. (Fiction. 14 & up)
From the Publisher
Fearlessly foul, this consistently comical series should be required reading for all teenage boys and anyone else with a strong stomach and highly sensitive funny bone.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A brazenly funny and sweetly insightful novel.
—Booklist online

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The hilarious and appropriately crude teens Coop, Matt, and Sean from Swim the Fly (2009) and Beat the Band (2010, both Candlewick) are back. For their final story,Sean takes the lead. He has just learned that his mother is pregnant, and, as a result, he will have to share a bedroom with his sister, Cathy. Coop convinces Sean and Matt to join him in a scheme that he guarantees will reward them with more than enough cash to put an extension on Sean's house. The plan is to make a horror movie and win the $50,000 prize at TerrorFest. Sean hopes that the film will get him out of bunking with his annoying twin and maybe even land him a girlfriend. Coop's plans are destined to misfire, and their work results in a trio of love interests for Sean (including a crazy stalker girlfriend), lots of quality time with a stoner uncle, threats from an ex-marine, bird poop, monkey masks, and a whole lot of laughs. Simply put, Call the Shots is funny. Calame nails the language and thought processes of younger teenaged males. The crudeness is authentic and far from gratuitous, and it's quickly overshadowed by the story's heart. Shots is the last taste of this magnetic trio, and Calame has given it massive appeal.Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763655563
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
978,620
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Meet the Author

Don Calame is the author of the young adult novels Swim the Fly and Beat the Band. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has worked with Marvel Studios, the Disney Channel, Lionsgate, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures.

About Call the Shots, he says, “After having written a story from both Matt’s and Coop’s perspectives, there was no way I could leave poor, gullible, clueless Sean out of the fun. The challenge was, of course, coming up with a story that was uniquely his. I wracked my brain for months until the low-budget movie idea came to me. When I was in college, I worked on one of my professor’s independent films, and it was such a nightmare experience — filled with so many pitfalls and problems — that I knew it was the perfect setting to thrust an unsuspecting Sean into. I’m really excited about this book and I think it’s the perfect cap to the series.”

Don Calame was born in New York and now lives in Ontario with his wife and their dog, Scooter.

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