Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

By Jordan Sonnenblick

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Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks


ISBN: 0439755204


Genre: Realistic fiction

Awards

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (2008)


Grand Canyon Reader Award for Tween Book (2009)


Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Nominee for Preis der Jugendjury (2009)

My Review

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is about an eighth grade boy, Steven, who's little brother, Jeffrey, is diagnosed with leukemia. I thought the author did a great job handling the subject. Most books about young people tend to talk down to the reader or have an immature main character, but Steven was very relatable. I can definetely imagine real people having the same reactions Steven and his family. The book also showed that Steven had a life outside of Jeffrey's cancer. He is in All-City band and practices drumming regularly.

Another thing that I loved about the book was how dynamic the characters were. While Steven is coping, he falls behind on his classwork. Annette, Steven's best friend, is loyal and caring, but can be naggy and annoying at some points. A lot of young adult books have a clear seperation of good and bad, but Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie shows that everyone has flaws. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a quick and enjoyable story.

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