Steven Alper was an average eighth grade boy with brown hair normal grades and a passion for drumming . Steven lives with his over protective mother neglecting father and younger brother Jeffery. One day Jeffery woke up and asked Steven to make his favorite breakfast “moatmeal” .When Jeffery fell off of his stool and got an horrible bloody nose his mother decided to take him to the hospital where they receive the grim news of Jeffery’s condition. Steven’s parents are worst hit by the news his dad goes into depression and debt starts to pile up also his mother has to quit her job to keep up with the constant trips to the hospital in Philadelphia .
This story is a mixture of sad and funny the author put a unusual hint of comedy into a very sad story. This story would be recommend this story to anyone who likes stories of survival or humor. Steven in this story starts off self centered and sarcastic by the end of the story after all the tragedy he’s faced he is a new person who loves his baby brother and would give anything for his life before Jeffery’s disease. This story shows that no matter what happens life will go on and never to give up .This story will have you at the edge of your seat and wanting to read the next page the whole time because of the way the writer makes suspense that goes from one page too the other.
By Ellie Wright
Imagine how hard middle school is, now imagine how much harder it would be with a baby brother dying of cancer. Jordan Sonneblick kept you wanting to turn the page the whole time in the story called Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. In this realistic fiction book Sonneblick told an amazing story about a teenage boy named Steven going through a really tough time. Steven is in middle school and along with girl troubles and music his brother Jeffery has been diagnosed with cancer. When Steven starts to fail his parents start to worry. All through his challenges his friend Annette is by his side even when he tries to push her away. While Jeffery is in the hospital Steven keeps practicing for his big concert coming up. Behind his back Annette and Renee (who Steven is in love with) are planning a big surprise. All through out the story the setting is easy to visualize because Jordan Sonneblick did a great job of describing it. The story takes place at Steven’s school, at his house, and it also takes place in the hospital. The theme is that you should never give up.
I think that Jordan Sonneblick did a great job of keeping the reader in suspense the whole story. I really enjoyed reading about a boy my age going through a really tough time and having support the whole way. I think that many people will like this book because a lot of people can relate to Steven.
By Sarah McD.
There are not many books that can captivate the reader in one sentence Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie does that. It’s an inspirational story about cancer and problems that teenage boys go through everyday. The characters are so real that in seconds one can think of someone in there life that fits the characters profile. Steven, the lead in this story, is a nerdy teenage boy who is Jeffrey’s older brother. Steven is also a smart and talented boy. Then there is Jeffrey a perky small child who is Steven’s little brother. Jeffrey is very energetic and fun but then diagnosed with cancer. And last but not least Annette a bright and helpful teenager who is Steven’s friend. The setting in this story is very vivid, I can picture it in my head. The setting in this story is in Steven’s school in classrooms, gym and definatly the music room. The setting is also in Steven’s house. Also the riveting plot is that Jeffrey gets leukemia, and the theme of this book is Steven dealing with his brother’s cancer. It is a very heart warming book with fantastic details that can bring you to tears but it also has moments where you can not stop laughing.
By Alix Segil
There are many genres in this book. For instances, some people might think it’s a biography. Some people might think it’s an autobiography. Maybe even a realistic fiction story or just made up, fantasy. You never know until you read it!
Some of the main characters in the book are: Steven, who’s 13 years old, and is in 8th grade, Steven’s brother Jeffrey who’s 4 years old, and is in pre-school. Also, Annette, Steven’s friend from school, Renee Albert who is also a friend of Steven’s. The guidance counsellor, Miss. Palma, and Steven’s mom and dad. All these characters play a huge role in the book!
The story’s setting is mainly at Steven’s school, Steven’s house, and the hospital in Pennsylvania. Along with that, the story’s main events also take place in the same settings. For example, when Jeffrey gets put into the Pennsylvania hospital. When Jeffrey and Steven hang out together at home. And when Steven is at school learning and practicing his musical talent for the All- City Band.
The main themes for this book is how a 4 year-old boy can survive from cancer? What it’s like for Steven’s family? And what are the after effects?
Overall, after reading “Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie,” it has taught me about how important and powerful friendship is, and how precious a sibling or a loved one can be even though we don’t know it. I definitely would recommend this book to many people who enjoy happy endings. I really enjoyed reading “Drums,Girls, & Dangerous Pie!”
By Deanna B.
Cancer is a tragic thing. The pain, the struggle, and dealing with a brother is what Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonneblick is all about. Steven, an eighth grade drummer for a high school Jazz Band has a brother Jeffery who is dealing with leukemia. His brother is just trying to have fun and look on the bright side of life. Also, during the story, Steven develops a crush on Renee Albert, who is the hottest girl in eighth grade. The odds of that happening are extremely unlikely. Let’s just say he is not the hottest marshmallow in the fire. The story takes place at Steven’s school, a hospital in Philadelphia, and in their house in New Jersey. The moral of the story is that no matter what, things happen for a reason and time heals all wounds. This story is amazing. It’s heartfelt, suspenseful, and cute with a lot of Jordan Sonneblick’s humor, which is really sarcastic and enjoyable. He uses great writing skills by presenting it from Steven’s point of view instead of Jeffery’s. This is really helpful to the story because readers get a really good picture in their head and it helps them feel what Steven is feeling. Readers will be hooked from the beginning. It’s a hands down 5 star book and anyone will love it from the age of 10 – 110! It really is a fantastic read!
By Aaron T.
There is an exciting book called Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. The genre this book is realistic fiction. This book is realistic fiction because it reflects on a persons life story. The main characters in this book are Steven, Jeffery(Stephen’s brother), Annette, and Renee. The settings in the book are the Philadelphia hospital Sevens house, fundraising concert, and Steven’s school. The plot and main events are the school, hospital and the concert. The themes are brother jealousy, and cancer survival. I think the book was good because it talks about how a 4 year old boy gets leukemia and his brother tries to handle his school work. It also talks about how Steven doesn’t want to tell his teachers about Jeffery’s illness but eventually, Renee Albert tells Steven’s teacher then he starts getting treatment.
By Jacob Keller
For readers who enjoy a book that sinks them into logic and excitement, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, couldn’t be a better read. The genre of this book is realistic fiction but includes segments of the survival theme. Steven Alper the main character, an eight grader of his busy middle school finds himself as that regular kid yet has a supreme passion for drumming. Jeffrey Alper, Stevens little brother is a joyous, playful, naive five year old who always finds the best out of all things. Annette, Steven’s best friend is a thoughtful, musical, caring, and considerate person who will take risks to achieve. Renee, Steven’s crush is a thoughtful, beautiful, smart, and caring girl who seems to stick in every person’s head.
These characters are set in a regular New Jersey town where they face many challenges including coping with disease. Jeffrey at five years old is diagnosed with leukemia. He gets worse from chemotherapy which causes Steven to lose his hope making and almost fail the semester at school. After spending thousands of dollars on paying for Jeffrey’s health, Steven, Annette, and Renee create a fundraiser to help pay for the Alper family’s loans as well as to help Jeffrey. Overall, this novel shows to never give up on yourself, to keep to the one you truly love, and to open new doors when the chance is given. Overall this book is a fantastic novel that certainly can make an audience cheer and cry. This book is an exciting, love-filled contemporary odyssey through the life of an eighth grader, his peers and his sibling. This book is definitely a privilege to read.
By Alton B.
By Vanessa Roads
Have you ever experienced an unexpected tragedy? The book Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie written by Jordan Sonnenblick is a realistic fiction page turner. Steven and his younger brother Jeffrey are normal brothers that play, fight and do things together. The characters in the book go to school just like regular kids, but Jeffrey ends up spending a lot of time in the hospital. Jeffery is sick and it turns out to be more than the doctors thought. Jeffery is diagnosed with cancer. All the expenses for his treatments put the Alpers in a financial struggle. The story is about survival and learning how to cope with big changes in your life. It’s also about dealing with sickness’ in your family.
Overall, Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie was a relatable story with a touching plot. It can relate to people that are struggling with tragedies in there lives. Also, it can be relatable to anyone in middle school or anyone who has gone through it. It kept me entertained the whole time!
At the beginning of the book, Steven and his family discover that Jeffery has leukemia. Steven now has to deal with seeing his brother go to many doctor’s appointments, and becoming sicker, and family struggles with money and emotions. As a result of this trauma, Steven’s grades decline and he finds himself alone having to deal with the situation. He goes down to the basement to drum away the sad feelings. He admires Annette and Renee, the two girls who help Steven through the tragic times. The theme of the book is surviving sudden tragic situations and learning to see the positives in life. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is a inspiring book because it’s about overcoming obstacles, but it can also be very sad. This book is for middle school students and higher.
Steven’s brother is a disaster and his world is turned upside down in the book “Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonneblick. There could be some similarities to characters in this book because it is realistic fiction. The first main character is Steven, a boy that plays drums and has awkward relationships with girls. The second main character is his younger brother, Jeffrey, who seems to upset Steven in life. The last but not least is Annette. She is nice to Steven and plays in the All City Jazz Band as a pianist.
The setting in this story is New Jersey. Steven is going through problems at school and home, and while he’s going though stress, Jeffrey is having problems of his own. For people who enjoy realistic fiction, comedy, suspense, and romance, this is the book for them. I think this book is amazing. You will not stop reading this book until you are entirely done.