Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

By Jordan Sonnenblick

Course Dates: 

June 12th, 2017-August 4th, 2017

Age Group: 

6th-8th Grade

Novel Overview:

A brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh, and break their hearts at the same time. Now with a special note from the author!

Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost).

He plays drums in the All-City Jazz Band (whose members call him the Peasant), has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn't even know he's alive), and is constantly annoyed by his younger brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute - which is also pretty annoying). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven's world is turned upside down, and he is forced to deal with his brother's illness, his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece, his homework, the band, girls, and Dangerous Pie (yes, you'll have to read the book to find out what that is!).

Required Supplies:

  • Copy of the Novel
  • Wide Ruled Composition Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters (3 colors),
  • Sticky Notes
  • A phone/camera with the ability to take and upload pictures, 
  • Internet access 
  • Computer/Tablet (smartphones work, but are limited).

Concepts & Strategies:

  • Annotation
  • Reading Response
  • Story Elements/Plot
  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Point of View
  • Looping Strategy
  • Inference
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Main Idea, Details & Text Evidence
  • Character Analysis
  • Imagery
  • Theme
  • Grammar