Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven has a totally normal life for an 8th grader. He's in the All Star band because he's a great drummer, he has a crush on the hottest girl in school, and he has a little brother who sometimes drives him crazy. But his life is turned upside down when his brother Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia. Almost overnight his mother quits her job to take care of Jeffrey and they are spending weeks in treatment in another city. His father shuts down as a parent and Steven is left to fend for himself. At first, he's not doing a very good job of that. But with some help from his best friend and a caring school counselor he begins to get himself together. He follows the advice of the counselor who tells him to stop focusing on what he can't change and instead, think about the things he can. With this advice, Steven is poised to become the best big brother, and musician, ever.

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