Dustin Grubbs: Take Two!by John J. Bonk
After his breakthrough performance in last year's school play, Dustin Grubbs gets the taste of fame he dreams about. He's even recognized in the streets. (OK, so his hometown of Buttermilk Falls is small and everybody knows everybody... even so!) Fresh into seventh grade, he is ready for his acting career to take off in his school's upcoming musical production of Oliver! The twist is that phys-ed funds are being cut to do it, sparking grounds for an all-out war of the worlds: athletes vs. drama geeks. Even worse, Dustin discovers he's tone deaf and has two left feet! Just when things are looking grim, Dustin gets his big break when a field trip to Chicago teams him up with his wacky show biz dad for an opportunity of a lifetime--a shot at a national TV commercial! Will Dustin jump at the chance at all costs?
Dustin Grubbs: Take Two! is full of the same hysterical one-liners and slapstick middle graders saw and loved in Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show. Beneath the "show" is deeper story--that of a boy who longs to reunite his parents and will do anything to see them together.
Dustin Grubbs, 12, has show-business aspirations like his dad, who moved from Buttermilk Falls to Chicago to be a stand-up comic. Unfortunately, the seventh grader's school must use athletic-department funds to produce the musical Oliver!, dividing athletes from "drama geeks." With no musical talent, Dustin finds himself in the middle, estranged from his friends and bullied by the star basketball player. On a class trip to Chicago, he spends time with his dad, auditions for a commercial, and finds and administers CPR to the principal's lost dog, the team's mascot. The boy is able to see his quirky family and his belligerent classmates as they really are, giving up his reward money for saving the pup for the good of the team. This fast-paced sequel to Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show (Little, Brown, 2005) has believable characters, witty conversations, and a satisfying conclusion.
Mary Jean SmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
John Bonk's former life was devoted to musical comedy, working in New York and in Summerstock programs around the country. Dustin Grubbs: Take Two! is his second novel.
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After saving the show in DUSTIN GRUBBS: ONE-MAN SHOW, Dustin is back in DUSTIN GRUBBS: TAKE TWO! In this lively sequel he's trying out for the lead in Oliver. But this time, it won't be so easy. This time he has to sing. And dance. The only place he ever sings is in the shower. But he counts on his sense of humor to get him the part. And the fact that he's the only boy trying out.
What he doesn't expect is an all-out war between the arts committee and the athletic department. He doesn't expect his best friend to find a new best friend. He doesn't expect plain girls to blossom over the summer, beautiful frogs that can be poisonous. And he never expects to attend a casting call for a national commercial with his dad on his first trip to see him in three years.
Plus, his brother is keeping secrets behind his back. And his aunt springs a huge announcement that results in an enormous dilemma for Dustin. Dustin handles disappointments with humor and style. And, once again, without meaning to, he ends up being the hero.
John J. Bonk has another winner on his hands. The bad puns, Dustin's hilarious sarcastic voice, and the author's incredible imagination are irresistible. I guarantee that once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down until you have finished it.