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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. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heart warming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on September 1, 2005 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439755190
ISBN-13: 9780439755191
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  • strawberry1234
    strawberry1234Monday, August 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm55 stars
    Awesome book it was fun reading this book. i laughed a lot i was laugh crying it was really gud i think every girl should read this and boy
    • snicker9
      snicker9Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm44 stars
      Everything is going great for Steven. His life couldn't be better, unless the most popular girl in school Renee would notice him. Then one day his little brother gets a nosebleed that won't stop, and is taken to the ER. Later the family is told that Jeffrey has cancer. Steven must learn to juggle his brother's illness and the tension at home and keep up at school. Thankfully, he has drumming, which becomes his way to vent. I loved that this book dealt with a family's view of cancer. In many other books dealing with this kind of situation, we see it from the point of view of the one who actually has the cancer. I really like reading about Steven's feelings, and his love and concern for his little brother. I recommend this book to those who like reading realistic fiction and books about kids with cancer. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
      • awesomessb
        awesomessbMonday, July 18, 2016 at 7:16 am55 stars
        I think this book is super funny! It has all the elements to make a great book well...great. This book is awesome and is one of my favorites!
        • coolgirlintown
          coolgirlintownThursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:18 am11 star
          I did not like this book at all! To me it was not that good of a story!! I do not know why but I just did not like it!!
          • cerulian
            cerulianThursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:29 am55 stars
            I read this book in middle school and it was pretty emotional for me because the main character's little brother, Jeffrey, had cancer. Steven, the older brother, was in a band and had a crush on the school's popular girl. The book was still pretty funny though and I really like how hard his family persevered to keep the family together.
            • kathead
              katheadMonday, July 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm44 stars
              Just by reading the title (I know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I always do. It's the first thing you see!) I was expecting some weird girl band thing and they make some even weirder pie. Then I read the book. The main character is actually a boy, (Don't say it) who plays drums. He has a little brother and when the main character is making oatmeal, or "moatmeal" as his brother calls it, the younger brother slips off the stool and hits his face on the counter. His nose starts to bleed. His nose bleeds so much that his mother takes him to the hospital where they find out that he has cancer. Join Steven and his little brother Jeffrey as they face their challenges.
              • carsb19
                carsb19Monday, July 4, 2016 at 5:40 am44 stars
                I loved Drums, Girls and dangerous pie. it is about a boy who is in a band. suddenly, his brother get sick with leukemia and the only way to save his brother is to leave his band. he also met a girl named Sam. he liked her. only to find out she died the next day. I really recommend this book. it is a great summer read.
                • hc3
                  hc3Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm
                  I think this sounds like a good book! I imagine tht Steven looks like Joey Bragg.
                  • waterlily1255
                    waterlily1255Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:56 am55 stars
                    It starts out with just a regular boy. He has a crush and plays the drums and, well gets sick!! Really, really, really sick!! This story is about himself as he handles the sickness bravely and still manages to overall keep his old life the way it needs to be for himself!!
                    • awesomessb
                      awesomessbTuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:43 am55 stars
                      Thanks! This review helped a lot!
                    • carsb19
                      carsb19Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm44 stars
                      I love this book!! so, this is a book about a boy who is in a band. suddenly, his little brother gets terribly sick with leukemia! the only way to save his brother is to leave the band to help out his brother. he meets a girl named Sam only to find out she dies. its a very sad book.