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Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

drums girls dangerous pieSteven Alper is just an average, run-of-the-mill 8th grade boy. He’s a devoted drummer, constantly has to deal with (and take care of) his annoying sibling, and crushes on someone who he believes is way out of his league. So life is life until his young brother Jeffrey gets terminally ill. Steven’s schoolwork takes a downward spiral, his family is suddenly financially unstable, and Jeffrey could die any moment.  Things are not looking so good for the Alper family.

What I Thought of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

I thought Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick was one of the best written novels I’ve ever read. It was comical, amusing, and unexpectedly optimistic; a laugh was always around the corner in the sadder parts. Sonnenblick wrote with such middle-grade charm, Steven was a totally realistic character. Because it is both thoughtful and hilarious, boys and girls would like this realistic fiction read.  Although it is not absolutely essential to understand to enjoy this book, the medical issues could be a bit complex for younger readers, therefore I would recommend this to 5th grade and up, or 10 years and up.  Overall, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is a perfect book for both genders 10 and up, deserving 5 out of 5 stars!

A very memorable part of this book is when Steven has to stay at his grandparents for a week with the flu so that they wouldn’t risk Jeffrey getting sick also, and Jeffrey sent him a letter talking about how worried he was and gave him his action figure. I thought it was really sweet that Jeffrey was so concerned about Steven’s well-being when he (Jeffrey) was the one who was really sick. He also gave away the cartoon doctor figurine that typically helped him stay brave.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars