Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
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Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie #1)

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For use in schools and libraries only. When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, 13-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Turtleback Books (first published 2004)
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The Drums are what 13-year-old Steven plays in the marching band and jazz group in school and are the only thing that makes him feel good when his life starts to unravel.

The Girls are Renee Albert, the hot cheerleader, guitarist, and neighbor who Steven wishes would notice he was alive, and Annette Watson, a pianist and friend of Steven’s who occasionally watches his younger brother Jeffrey on weekends.

Dangerous Pie is (view spoiler)...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com

"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking...more
Drums,girls and dangerous pie is one of my favorite books I've ever read.This book is hilarious but also upsetting.It's about a 13 year old boy name Steven who loves drumming,has a crush on the hottest girl in school,has a little brother name Jeffery.It all started over a nose bleed when Jeffery was standing on his stool while Steven was making oatmeal he fell off and hit his nose.Then Jeffery is rush to the emergency room.

Hours later his mom called and told Steven's dad that Jeffery might be...more
Ariel Acupan
Originally Posted HERE.


WARNING: This book should not be read in public because it has a tendency to make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is very addictive to the point that you may not be able to put it down from start to finish.

I love the book and would definitely look for other Sonnenblick books. It is a tearjerker and a funny novel. That is how I would describe it in few words. One minute you're laughing so hard and then with just one phrase or sentence, ,a tear cou...more
A.J. Pine
*Cross posted on AmyLovesYA.com

Let me start by saying that this is the first Jordan Sonnenblick book I've read, It will NOT be the last. In fact, I'm reading another one right now titled After Ever After. Back to the point--I have not read many middle grade novels because I teach high school and figured I should keep with the age range of my students. I was wrong. SO wrong. This book is funny, heart-breaking, and just plain beautiful whether you are ten or thirty...something (like me).

The book...more
I really loved reading this book. It made me feal really bad, sad during the book. It is about an eight grader named Steven and his brother, Jeffery gets Luekemia, a form of cancer! The book go's through Steven's perspective and tells how he feels all the time. Weather he is happy or sad, it explains hoe Steven is feeling all the time! Steven loses his mind, and the only two people at his school that care about him is his friend Annette and crush, Renee.

I'd suggest you should check this book ou...more
This book was an assigned adolescent fiction book for my 11-year-old brother's 6th grade English class. Now as the 21-year-old sibling, you must be wondering, why would I even entertain the idea of reading this book. Well to be honest, I was just that bored. BUT to my surprise I not only did I enjoy reading this book, I even was MOVED. I mean I physically wept, sniffled, and laughed (of course when appropriate)so often that my family ceased being surprised by my loud outbursts. To take a story o...more
This is an adolescent novel about luekemia, targetted probably to 12-15 year olds. Despite the subject, it's very funny, with lovely banter between the 8th grade boy, who narrates, and his sick five-year-old brother. There were difficult passages describing the treatments the boy received in the hospital and the side effects. The book candidly described the tensions on the family, including an explanation of the financial problems faced by people with insurance. It touched on the undesired atten...more
Steven is a teenager who has one thing in common with all of us... he absolutly hates his sibling! His brother Jeffery is always taking his things without asking, nagging him, and tricking mom and dad into beliefing that he is the trouble maker in the family.But, one day something terrible happens to Jeffery.He hits his nose and it bleeds an enormouse amount of blood so his mother takes him to the emergancy room,when he gets back Steven is told that he has cancer.This is an inspirational book th...more
I feel bad for Jeffrey because I feel like Steven treats him badly. But then again if I were Steven and Jeffrey embarrassed me in front of my crush i would like die of humiliation. Jeffry did do a bad thing by sharing things about Steven that shouldn't have been said in front of his classmates.Also where are Steven's parents when Jeffry took Steven's special sticks? Also when he said all those embarassing things in the auditorium? Those are some irresponsible parents because they haven't done an...more
4.5 stars. I was surprised with how much I liked this book because of the subject matter. But I really loved how this author voiced 13-year old Steven after he finds out his 5-year old brother, Jeffrey, has cancer.

Of course, Steven's life is turned upside down. And his initial reactions are not exemplary. But Steven's love for his brother eventually outweighs everything else, and he becomes a better person as a result.

I'll admit, I'm pretty sentimental, and this book had me in tears through mu...more
4.5 Stars

Family, love, loyalty, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie! :) I loved it all.
A touching, powerful story about how a family struggles to survive through a crisis and scare together. Humor and such sensitivity bring this story to life. A story and voice that went straight to my heart. Through 13 year old Steven Alper’s voice, readers will see and feel just how much a brother’s love can do and mean.

Three Big Reasons Why My Heart Loved this Book

1. Family LOVE

”Now, normally I am not the bigge...more
Steven Alpers is a selfish eighth grader who happens to have exceptional skill on the drums. At times he feels dorky, but still has high hopes of connecting with the best-looking girl in his class. Everything that used to be easy about his self-centered life becomes more difficult when his younger brother, Jeffrey, becomes seriously ill.

During most of my time in this novel, I felt irritated at Steven. I could not understand how he could linger in a completely narcissistic world, when his entire...more
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is my favorite book than all the books I've read. It was given to me by my teacher Ms.Zika, when we had to read it for summer vacation HW. She let me borrow it and let her know when i had finished reading it. At first i didn't want to read it.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is about a boy name Steven that is 13yrs old that lives with his parent's nd his lil brother. He has a little brother name Jeffrey that later on gets cancer.Steven hangouts with his friend na...more
Monica Zavala
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is the most messed up good story I've ever read. For one thing, it's about cancer. It should be sad, but it's hilarious. I couldn't NOT laugh at those silly jokes the author (good job by the way) kept telling. I had a nice time connecting to the characters, they were all very easy to understand.
I couldn't stop thinking that my life was very similar to Steven's life. I am the older sibling, my little sister Hillary has asthma and do I feel left out most the tim...more
Shimona Jain
I'd read this book about three years ago and being more of a tomboy girl drummer reading a book with the protagonist as a guy teen wasn't new to me. so i picked up this book with an orange and black cover never thinking that it could change my life so drastically. never had i thought i could cry clutching a book like this with the best of humour and a perfectly normal teen plot. i'm 17 now and just read this book again, all the tic-tac humour and the big brother action may giv...more
In the book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, the main character Steven Alper lives a mostly normal life. He plays the drums at his school and has a little brother named Jeffrey. When Jeffrey is diagnosed with cancer, his world goes from normal to insane! How is Steven supposed to deal with school, hospitals, band, homework, and Jeffrey all at once? I think a major idea in this book is that family will always be there for you. For example, when Jeffrey has to get a lot of sh...more
Mrs. Reed
Reading this book made me want to write a book right away, because it showed me how effective it can be to deal with a sad subject in a humorous way in writing. I ordered a bunch more copies for the classroom, because I really enjoyed it and I think my classes will, too. There were quite a few times I laughed right out loud at it, scaring the kids in the SAVE room and the people on the train, but it also made me cry (quietly and when I was alone, therefore hopefully not scaring anyone).
This is t...more
WOW! What an emotional book. I think that Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pies is one of the best realistic fiction books I have ever read. Steven, the main character, has a little brother who early in the the book is diagnosed with leukimia. Now remember Steven is 13 years old so not only does he have to deal with his brothers cancer but he also has to deal with parents, school, drums and girls. Throughout the book Steven changes to the extreme! I enjoyed this book because it made me feel so many di...more
I read Sonnenblick's Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip and loved it. I loved this one, too, so I'm obviously a fan of his! He creates such a real and lovable teenage protagonist - full of honesty, sarcasm, angst, and heart. Sonnenblick takes on such a serious topic, cancer, and manages to capture its devastation while hanging on to hope and humor. I loved Steven and his little brother, Jeffrey, and because of my perspective, felt for the parents, with all their imperfections and short-comings....more
Noah Larson
Some minor, possible spoilers below.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. Oh my God. This wasn't my first introduction to Jordan Sonnenblick (I had previously read Notes from the Midnight Driver, another great book) so I knew what kind of story to expect. But I did not expect it to hit me as hard as it did, nor was I expecting the fountain of tears to come pouring as fast as it did. (Disclaimer: this book was read by emotional sixth grade Noah, so this is just how I remember the experience of readin...more
Tina Tallent
This novel was assigned to me in a college literature class for future middle school educators. I was required to write a response to the novel. This is what I wrote:

This was my first introduction to Jordan Sonnenblick , but it will not be the last book that I read from this author. If “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie” was any example of the quality of Sonnenblick’s other six books for children and young adults, I will put those books on my reading list as well. Adolescents need more books that...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
The book is marvelously written. After reading it, I immediately looked up other books written by Mr. Sonnenblick. This was an incredibly realistic portrayal of an eighth-grader (speaking as a 7th grade kid). Steven is a middle grade kid dealing with typical 8th grade issues and then WHAM he gets hit with his little brother having cancer. Steven's whole life is turned upside down. Even though the book has very serious topics, Mr. Sonnenblick made me laugh or smile. Mostly because of what Steven...more
Lynn Plourde
This one is 4-and-a-half stars for me. First novel I've read by Jordan Sonnenblick--won't be my last . . . the guy can write. The survival story of Steven, the older sibling of a kid brother with cancer, rings true (and, yes, siblings of cancer kids fight for their own kind of survival amidst the guilt, neglect, and worry that devours them). Love the voice, the details, the true-story-behind-the-story in the back of the 10th anniversary edition, but mostly the HEART of this story. My one slight...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Wow. Very quick but intense, yet funny, read. Ages 11 or 12 up. I love how this author created a particular community, and then features different characters in each novel.
Leen Kateeb
The book's AMAZING! Steven's younger brother has cancer. The book is very well-written. Heart-breaking, funny but very sad.
Alyse Liebovich
Jordan Sonnenblick's inspiration for writing this book is the same inspiration behind an organization near and dear to my heart: SuperSibs! Melanie Goldish founded SuperSibs! after witnessing the effect her older son Travis's leukemia diagnosis had on her younger son, Spencer, and not being able to find any specialized support services for siblings. My sister and I were Travis and Spencer's babysitters, and we were two of the first SuperSibs! volunteers, when the grassroots efforts originated in...more
Awesome and Hilarious! Great book.
Mr. Z
Mar 31, 2009 Mr. Z rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers and up
Recommended to Mr. Z by: Several of my students
You'll like reading this book if...

You have ever liked someone who won't give you the time of day...
You have ever found yourself hating math...
You have ever felt invisible around your parents...
You have ever played drums, guitar or other musical instruments...
You have ever found yourself wishing that your life could be different...
You have ever seen a family member or friend deathly ill and not been able to help them...
You have ever had a group of adults disappointed in you because they didn't u...more
I knew this book would be hard to read before I even checked it out from the library. Steven is an 8th grader who loves playing the drums, drooling over the hottest girl in school, and his sometimes irritating younger brother Jeffrey. Things seem to be going okay for Steven until Jeffrey is diagnosed with Leukemia and all at once Steven has a lot more going on than he ever imagined. He worries about his family's financial situation, he can't even stay at home when he's sick or else Jeffrey could...more
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“It's amazing--my parents call everything a discussion. If I were standing across the street, firing a bazooka at my mother, while my father was launching mortar back at me, and Jeffery was charging down the driveway with a grenade in his teeth, my parents would say we should stop having this public "discussion".” 80 likes
“Instead of agonizing about the things you can't change, why don't you try working on the things you can change” 78 likes
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