Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost). He plays drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn't know he's alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is ...
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost). He plays drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn't know he's alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute). Oh, Steven has parents, too (the kind that embarrass him). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven's world is turned upside down as he is forced to deal with his brother's illness, his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece, the band, overdue homework, girls, and of course, Dangerous Pie (yes, you have to listen to the book to find out what that is). In a debut that has won raves, Jordan Sonnenblick digs deep into the heart of a family in crisis with humor, hope, and impressive sensitivity.
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The books were in great shape and I was pleased to find that two of the editions that I purchased had interviews with the author, Jordan Sonnenblick at the end of the novel. We are using these books for a class novel study for 7th Grade English, so the author interview is both interesting and useful for the class! Thanks, Alibris!
Nov 6, 2008
Great Read and its Fun
I read this book because it came higly recommended by my eleven year old grandson. He raved about it and I had to see just what it was that got him going. The book is well written and addresses with accuracy the life of a thirteen year old. The language, the situations, the attitude are all true. It is funny, yet poignant. Good read all around. I've even recommended it to my friends.
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