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Call the Shots
     

Call the Shots

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by Don Calame
 

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Since his girlfriend broke up with him last summer, Sean's been on a starvation diet where girls are concerned. However, he's got other things on his mind. Like how to stop the soon-to-be-born family addition from stealing his room and making him share with his evil twin sister. When Coop suggests making a cheap-ass horror film to bring in the bucks he's a bit

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Since his girlfriend broke up with him last summer, Sean's been on a starvation diet where girls are concerned. However, he's got other things on his mind. Like how to stop the soon-to-be-born family addition from stealing his room and making him share with his evil twin sister. When Coop suggests making a cheap-ass horror film to bring in the bucks he's a bit sceptical, but Coop is nothing if not persuasive . . . 'Zonkey!' (a tale of 'half-man, half-monkey drones that mutate into hairy uncontrollable zombie-monsters with a thirst for human blood') is born.

Join Coop, Sean and Matt in this hilarious sequel to SWIM THE FLY and BEAT THE BAND.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.)
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

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763661854
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,181,002
Lexile:
HL640L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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

A brazenly funny and sweetly insightful novel.
—Booklist online

Meet the Author

Don Calame is the author of the YA novels Swim the Fly and Beat the Band. A screenwriter whose film projects include Employee of the Month and Hounded, he lives in British Columbia.

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Call the Shots 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great novel! Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for kids who need a little inspiration in life. This book inspired me to do what i do best which is Dance.