Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

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Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, Joel Johnstone

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

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ISBN-13: 9780439898515
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking it. In addition to being a writer, he’s a middle-school English teacher and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school. Jordan lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their two children. If he’s ever had an imaginary friend, he’s not telling! You can visit him on the Web at www.jordansonnenblick.com.

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Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 402 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy whose brother is diagnosed with luekemia. The boy learns not to sweat the small stuff. This book is really inspiring to me because one of my younger cousins has leukemia. It really helped me get over it. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt every word of this book. It nearly made me cry at the sad parts, and laugh at the happy ones. This is how you know your book is good. I praise this masterpeice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a tear jerking story from thr beginning. The end made me cry very hard because i could relate. I have been hospitilized a lot as a kid and my older sister has been there by my side through it all. This story is very inspiring and its my all time favorite book!!! 5 stars most definately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspirational book. I got to meet the author along with a group of my friends. We found out that he used to be an english teacher who had a student that was the most sweet and friendly girl ever whise name was Sam. He said that one day in class she and one of her friends would not stop talking and giggling. He wasnt mad but he wanted to teach. So he moved her seat next to someone else. The same thing continued to happen. He moved her to a girl who was shy and never really talked unless she really had to. But sam got her to start talking. The same thing happened to the girl. Jordan didnt know what to do. One day he walked into the front office to see if he could get some breakfast which he had skipped that morning. He wanted to buy a chocolate bar. He put in money into a box which said proceeds to sams brother who has leukemia. He didnt realize that this was the sam in his class. He realized that it was her and even with everytthig going on, she always had a smile on her face and was always sweet to everyone. This is how he got the inspiration to write this book. Sam moved on her brother was doinv well, in 11th grade her brothdr got really ad and passedaway from leukemia. Jordan had just recently written this book drums girls and dangerous pie, when he found out this news. His book git publised and he gave the book to sam and her family. The next day they called, jordan was nervous that they wouldnt like it especially after the passing of their son/brother. They said they really liked the book. I thkught tthis was am amazimg book and very inspirational def top pick on my list.
Susan Gasko More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book for young adults.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking care of his brother, and his dad is mostly keeping to himself, too worried about the bills to spend time with or even talk to his oldest son. Steven wants to believe that everything will just go back to normal, and tries to release his anger, anxiety, and fears by playing the drums. But his brother doesn't seem to be getting any better, and Steven has a hard time concentrating at school, he's not turning in his homework, and his grades are starting to fall behind. To make things worse, he doesn't want anyone to find out what is going on--but somehow his best friend, Annette, the school counselor, and even Renee Albert, the hottest girl in the eighth grade, all seem to know that something is not right.

This unforgettable novel took me on an incredibly moving ride. And when I felt I was all the way down on this emotional roller coaster, and found myself struggling to see the words through my tears, Sonnenblick lifted me up gently, word by word, page by page, and put a grin on my face that eventually turned into a big smile and then an out-loud laugh. The author's great voice shows real characters with real feelings, and the true struggle of a teenager trying to understand the unfairness of a deadly disease, and how to cope with the fear of losing his beloved little brother.

So you think your little brother is a pest? You will think again after reading this touching story.

Tissues are highly recommended.

The paperback edition of DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE also includes a section with an interview, information about the author, tips on writing, and a preview of Jordan Sonnenblick's next novel, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, let me just tell you I'm a 7th grader and I'm 12 years old. At my school, every Wednesday, we have something called Eagles Nest between 2nd hour and A lunch. (Thats the first lunch of tge dsy, followed by B lunch and C lunch.) In everyone's Eagles Nest, we started reading this book. We haven't finished it yet. Well, my class hasn't. I don't know about the others... Oh well off topic! I have a 2 year old 'terror' brother, so im familiar with Steven and Jeffrey's relationship. In fact, my mother has leukemia. So yes, I can understand the problems and stguff. No, I'm not an ordinary 12 year old! The author of this book [Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie] (so sorry I forgot the author's name) came to my school to give a speech about, well about the books he's written and his inspiration. He said he was a teacher before he wrote books, and of course, he played the drums. So he told us how he started this book. When he was teaching 8th grade, there was a girl named Emily. She laughed a lot during class, so he moved all the "boring" people to sit next to her- like an emo guy and the quietest girl in class. Emiily ended up being everyones best friend. It turns out, Emily's little brother had cancer. Emily was laughing a lot because it helped her get through it. So at a parent/teacher conference, the author told Emily's mom he thought she was so brave. He offered to find a book about a sibling with cancer, and Emily's mom took the offer. He searched and searched and searched, but there was no book about a sibling with cancer. So he wrote one. By the time he finished the book, Emily was already graduating. But the students- including Emily- had to complete the Final Exam. If they didn't turn it in, they didn't graduate. Emily didn't turn in hers. She missed school and missed her gradiation just to hold her little brother's hand before he went to Philidelphia. (I think I may have spelled it wrong.) But, Emily did graduate and she did end up turning in her Final Exam. But when this book was released, it was already too late- Emily's little brother had died a few weeks earlier. If anyone ever looks at this book and says, "Nah, who cares about cancer and leukemia," I would just slap them across the face. Emily, Steven and I all have something in common- we all haave a family member with cancer or leukemia. So if anyone ever doeesnt read this book just because it's about cancer, they just don't care about stuff like that. They're stupid. All in all, (and no this isn't someone's English essay, although I wish it was) this is a great book about dealing with leukemia, whether you or a sibling has it. Who wouldn't read it? If you liked this book, I recommend After Ever After, the sequel to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Thank you for reading this and spending your time, and I hope I persuaded you to read this [book]. Sincerely, Victoria E. Wright
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book in the eyes of a bigger brother. As if teen hormones arnt enough to deal with- his baby beloved brother has CANCER. I recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gotta say this book is awsone and awesome and sad! Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So a guy i know got brain cancer as we were reading this book and me and about 500 other people could see how awful it is. This is trulybone of the best books i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this bopk soo much and i read the sequal to it also. I have no other words to describe this book but touching and it made me appreciate everything i have.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome no matter who you are you will love this book and if you dont then there is definitely somethimg wrong with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!! It made me cry when i found out jeffery had cancer.jordan sonnenblick came to my school and talked about this book and i knew that i had tto read it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the sample but i am already hooked. I will write another review after i read the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly love the book! You wiuld have to have no heart not to love it or no humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it <3<3<3<3
MarcusW More than 1 year ago
Incredible Book This book is an about how things may be bad but there will always be a turning outcome. The book has a plot were the character named Steven makes his brother has a nose bleed and he soon finds out later that his brother is sick and has leukemia. Steven always wishes of the best outcome, but it always turns out the same he gets bad news on every bad situation. The book shows how a teenage boy can get out all of these outcomes. Favorite Character Steven is my favorite character in this book he shows how to stay positive through any tough situation even though it may be his last hope. Steven tries to fix things to make people not think about all of the bad problems. Pace The pace of the book starts off fast and it doesn&rsquo;t slow down it has an all around engaging pace and it attacks the reader and makes the reader never want to stop. Message The author is giving a message to the reader is that you may have an good outcome no matter what the problem or the situation may be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book is sad I really enjoyed reading it Never read anything like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book im reading The next book called ever after
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything between comedy care love and emotion. I see why we ate doing this book for book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best ! I first read it when I had it as an actual book , and not on my nook tablet. It basically inspires you to appreciate the littler things in life because you dont know what you have until its gone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book So funny Kinda sad
wolvesLK More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book that teaches you to appreciate stuff in life and is really inspiering. You will want to finish this book in one day. It is a book you will not forget.
Yaboilawy More than 1 year ago
This book is great, it keeps you turning the page, you never want to put it down! the story line is amazing and you will want to finish it in one day!