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.
©2005 Jordan Sonnenblick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Jordan Sonnenblick writes great YA books. The target audience for this one is ages 12 - 13, but adults will like the book. Narration is superb!
Great narration of story from point of view of 8th grade boy whose younger brother is diagnosied with leukiemia
Steven is a very believable big brother.
Clear and easy pacing of story from first person narration
Great story. Sad, funny and uplifting all in one. Listened to all of it in one sitting.
Almost passed because I saw it was meant for pre-teens/YA, but another reviewer said it was good for all ages and I'm glad I took their advice.
The narrator did a great job with all the characters and voices, I want to see what else he's narrated now.
Only thing I didn't like was the music playing over the very beginning and end. Always dislike music playing on top of the audio, just glad it wasn't like that at the beginning of every chapter like some others I've heard.
I would listen to this book again because It is funny while still talking about an important and serious topic.
My favorite character is Jeffery. He has such a good attitude for having Leukemia.
I liked Joel Johnstone;s teacher conference performance.
It's funny, brave, relatable, but serious
I recommend this book for people of all ages, races, genders
Great messaging shines through a natural story. Narrator does an excellent job portraying characters from the first person's perspective. Good middle school book, too.
I love this book it was amazing! It was so much better than I expected. I thought in he beginning that Jefrey would be the one to die not Sam. It's so sad but it's outstanding.
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