Jordan Sonnenblick is former middle school teacher whose books go a long way towards bringing reluctant readers into the fold. Although Mr Sonnenblick also writes books for a younger crowd, our library features four of his young adult novels:
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie
Steven is torn between wanting to make eyes with a beautiful girl from school and wanting to keep his annoying younger brother, Jeffery, out of his hair whenever she comes over for tutoring. Steven's world is turned upside down when Jeffery, only five, is diagnosed with leukemia.
Notes from the Midnight Driver
Alex goes on a spree to get back at his parents. He ends up crashing the car and is sentenced to community service at the local senior citizen's home. He meets Solomon Lewis and both their lives change.
After Ever After
In this follow-up to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, Jeffery's cancer is in remission and he's made it to eighth grade. He attends a regular school but gets extra help since he has trouble walking and sometimes thinking. He's got friends, and like his older brother Steve, there's a girl whose attention he would love to have.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
This newest book by Sonnenblick combines sports and photography. Peter grandfather has taught him everything he needed to know about photography. Peter figures he can use this knowledge to his advantage and take the lower level photography class for an easy A. Unfortunately, he's bumped up to the advanced level class, fortunately there's also Angelika. Check out Sonnenblick talking about his new book below.