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Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Transcript of Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Elements of Plot
The story occurs in modern day times, and in various places: The Alper family's home; Steven's middle school, the hospital in Philadelphia.
The main characters include Steven Alper, his little brother, Jeffrey, Mom and Dad Alper, and the girls in Steven's life- Annette and Renee.
Steven's little brother, Jeffrey, falls off of a stool which causes a terrible nosebleed. He's taken to the hospital and it is soon discovered that he has leukemia. Meanwhile, Steven deals with failing grades, communication issues with his parents, girl problems, and the weight of Jeffy's cancer.
A benefit concert at Steven's middle school is held to raise money for the Alper family's increasing medical bills. When Jeffrey becomes sick at the concert, Steven must decide between staying at the concert to perform his starring solo performance OR going with Jeffy to the hospital.
At the hospital, it is determined that Jeffy has only an ear infection. As the story begins to come to a close, Jeffy's health is improving. Steven and his parents are communicating with each other. Steven is back on track at school. Steven and Annette's friendship has reached a new level.
The Alper family has survived a very tough year. Having gone through a crisis with Jeffrey's leukemia, Jeffrey is now in remission. The family has managed to "weather the storm." Steven has gained an appreciation for his "annoying" little brother.