Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie
By Jordan Sonnenblick
Jordan Sonnenblick brings us the story of 13-year-old Steven Alper and his regular 13-year-old glasses-wearing geek insecurities in Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. On top of his insecurities, Steven has to experience his little brother’s battle of ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). As you know, that can be very stressful and saddening. So Steven continues his life never listening to any class teachers except for Mr. Watras, the band teacher. Finally he gets busted and is required to do a make-up packet, but alongside all of that, he has the “Dream.”
He & his brother are playing catch…every time the ball hits Jeffrey, a little part of him bruises & turns black. Eventually, Steven wakes up drenched in sweat & screaming his lungs out. The only way he can really escape is playing and practicing the drums in preparation for the All-City Jazz Band Concert, which later turns out to benefit his family because Jeffrey’s hospital bill is like over 10,000 dollars per night. Eventually they can’t afford it, but with the help of the two girl masterminds, Renee Albert & Anette Watson, things begin to look up — but you’ll have to read it yourself to find out what happens!
~ Litkid, 10-year-old reviewer