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BEAT THE BAND by Don Calame


by Don Calame

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4633-2
Publisher: Candlewick

In this side-splitting sequel, Calame details the Swim the Fly (2009) guys’ sophomore year, this time from the perspective of horny Cooper. After meeting their goal of seeing a real naked woman last summer, Cooper convinces the boys to set the bar higher: winning the school’s Battle of the Bands despite their total lack of musical talent or ability. Coop’s real motivation is to use the competition to draw attention away from his unwanted health-class–project pairing with school pariah Helen, which backfires when he ends up falling for her. Coop keeps the laughs coming by using his dubious powers of persuasion to engineer everything from a fart-fest in the school library to a self-tanning experiment that goes horribly wrong, all for the good of the band. With song-title chapter headings providing a subtle soundtrack and the inspired addition of Coop’s dad, an unemployed former garage-band member who steals scene after scene with his lessons on getting groupies and amateur pyrotechnics, fans have nothing but more good gross fun to look forward to. (Fiction. 14 & up)