DRUMS, GIRLS AND DANGEROUS PIE by Jordan Sonnenblick

DRUMS, GIRLS AND DANGEROUS PIE

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

First-time author Sonnenblick has pulled off a rare feat. Not only did he make this story about a 13-year-old boy, whose little brother contracts leukemia, real and raw and heart-rending, he made it hysterically funny as well. Steven Alper, who is untalented in sports but terrific on the drums, is giving his pesky five-year-old brother Jeffrey oatmeal when Jeffrey, who has been complaining recently that his “parts hurt,” falls off a stool and gets a nosebleed that just won’t quit. That night Steven finds out that Jeffrey has leukemia. Although the plot—Steven’s stressed-out family has no energy for him and he becomes a source of strength for his brother while simultaneously falling apart himself—is conventional, the subsidiary characters at home, school and the hospital have a flesh-and-blood reality and the situations ring true. Moreover, the reader falls in love with the brothers, laughing and crying by turns and rooting for both of them until it almost hurts. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-75519-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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