Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie – Jordan Sonnenblick

2010 Nutmeg Nominee

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother’s illness and his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece.

Absolutely excellent.  This is a short book and a quick read.  Be prepared, though, it’s heartbreaking.  Little Jeffrey with Leukemia is a wonderful, yet devastatingly sad character.  If you want to laugh and cry, this is a good choice.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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