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Matthew Swanbeck has a classic problem. Back in seventh grade, his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums. Now he's a lowly brass player in the school marching band. Until one day he has an epiphany: He can start his own band, play in all the cool rock venues, even go on tour ... if only he can scrape together the cash to buy a drum set. But how will he ever get the money together when The Man thwarts him at every turn, taking taxes out of his paycheck, forcing him to mow the lawn for a measly $10 a week, and creating all of those rules that get in the way of dreams? It's one teen against the system in this light-hearted look at the challenges and rewards of chasing your dreams.
|Publisher:||Roaring Brook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Lexile:||770L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||11 - 14 Years|
About the Author
A former member of Austin indie bands The Needies and Omega Monster Patrol, Travis Nichols is all too familiar with the joys and heartaches of starting a band. He has also authored Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-To Guide for D.I.Y., Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands for Roaring Brook Press. He lives in New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. Matt begins high school playing trumpet in the marching band but REALLY wanting to be a first-class drummer. After a guy at school tells him about The MAN (anyone in position of authority or control), Matt begins to look at adults in that manner--how they conspire to keep him down. When he asks for a raise in his allowance, his dad agrees but adds new chores into the deal. Every time he begins saving money for a drum set to get him towards his dream, A MAN gets in his way (figuratively, not literally). Matt's friends don't always support him as he'd like and his crush on a fellow bandmate isn't having the results he hopes for. Comical illustrations and witty prose make this a good "next book" for teens when they are looking for something after the Wimpy Kid books. A little bit of language but appropriate for most if not all teens. Middle school boys will beg for additional copies in your library. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy.
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