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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.

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Simply Wonderful

Will catch the attention of young readers. Should be really good in drawing in the hesitant reader!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-23-15

Marvelous, wonderful young adult fiction!

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!

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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So glad I didn't pass up this one!

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.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • judy
  • Tipp City, OH, United States
  • 01-31-13

Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums,Girls and Dangerous Pie

Where does Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great narration of story from point of view of 8th grade boy whose younger brother is diagnosied with leukiemia

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steven is a very believable big brother.

What about Joel Johnstone’s performance did you like?

Clear and easy pacing of story from first person narration

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional journey

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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My favorite book in the world!!!!!

Would you listen to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie again? Why?

I would listen to this book again because It is funny while still talking about an important and serious topic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Jeffery. He has such a good attitude for having Leukemia.

What about Joel Johnstone’s performance did you like?

I liked Joel Johnstone;s teacher conference performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's funny, brave, relatable, but serious

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for people of all ages, races, genders

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Great messaging shines through a natural story.

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Take me instead...

I am a 35 year old male, I have been weightlifting for 20 years, I run marathons, drive a sport car and a 1.3 liter custom motorcycle. I used to work in a field that other people call "special"...
I am also a father of a three years old boy ... and could not stop the tears filling my eyes while I was looking away in order for people not to see me or even pulling aside the road while driving because it was difficult to do anything else.
I cannot imagine how it is for a parent to go through this, let alone a little older brother.
I don't understand what happens that we forget or don't understand how lucky some of us are.
Everybody should read this book...

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 05-06-17

Great book for middle school kids

After years of reading to my children, I still enjoy reading an occasional kids or YA novel. The rave reviews on this drew me to it. The story of a boy dealing with his younger brother's cancer felt like a familiar theme, but I jumped in anyway. From the start, it felt like I had read too many books like this for it to really engage me as an adult. It was the typical clever but insecure boy mixing up wisecracks with true feelings of growing up. The boy has a great family. He is in love with the beautiful and popular girl in class (who ignores him), and does not notice the feelings another, nicer girl, has for him. Typical stuff. The author did this very well, and I was thinking how much I would have loved this book when I was 13 years old, but it was too predictable to me as an adult. It made me smile enough, and it was short, so I did not quit. And then the second half of the novel drew me in, and I started having feelings for the story and characters, and was really enjoying it by the end. I am glad that the author wrote in a pretty unusual sub-genre - middle school boys. The main characters are brothers, yet I expect that middle school girls would like this as much or even more than boys. I wish that this author had been around when my own sons were that age. The story was funny, but had a lot to say as well. It makes family life feel real in a good way.

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realli good

when i read the title i thought it was a childish book. but i was wrong. its a really good book everyone should read it. it shows cancer in a different view.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Overwhelming

This book is fantastic by itself, but the Narrator made it 10 times better. I have never used Audible before but I have heard a lot of good things about it. I used it for a few books I was assigned to read over the summer, and what I got was amazing. Not was it only simple to use but I actually wanted to use the app! It's a very welcoming app. I was astonished by the quality of the audio and how it had emotion! I have never seen anything like it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful