Beat the Band

By Don Calame
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763646332, 390pp.)

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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Description

Get ready for riffs on hot girls, health class, and social hell! The outrageously funny boys from Swim the Fly return to rock their sophomore year.

In this hilarious sequel to Swim the Fly, told from Coop’s point of view, it’s the beginning of the school year, and the tenth-grade health class must work in pairs on semester-long projects. Matt and Sean get partnered up (the jerks), but Coop is matched with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a presentation on safe sex. Everybody’s laughing, except for Coop, who’s convinced that the only way to escape this social death sentence is to win “The Battle of the Bands” with their group, Arnold Murphy’s Bologna Dare. There’s just one problem: none of the guys actually plays an instrument. Will Coop regain his “cool” before it’s too late? Or will the forced one-on-one time with Helen teach him a lesson about social status he never saw coming? With ribald humor and a few sweet notes, screenwriter-turned-novelist Don Calame once again hits all the right chords.




About the Author
Don Calame is an accomplished screen-writer who has worked with Marvel Studios and the Disney Channel, among others. About Swim the Fly, he says, This novel began as a short piece I wrote several years ago about an incident that happened to me when I was a teenager on the swim team. (Yes, I have the collection of green fifth-place ribbons to prove it.) I tucked the story away and promptly forgot about it until my wife gently nudged me thirty-six times to expand it into a book. I m grateful she was so persistent, because I ve never had so much fun writing something in my life. Don Calame was born in New York and now lives in British Columbia with his wife, his stepson, and their two dogs
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