Matthew Meets the Man

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Matthew Meets the Man

By Travis Nichols

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435452, 164pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2012

Description

Matthew Swanbeck has a classic problem. Back in seventh grade, his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums. Now he's a lowly brass player in the school marching band. Until one day he has an epiphany: He can start his own band, play in all the cool rock venues, even go on tour ... if only he can scrape together the cash to buy a drum set. But how will he ever get the money together when The Man thwarts him at every turn, taking taxes out of his paycheck, forcing him to mow the lawn for a measly $10 a week, and creating all of those rules that get in the way of dreams? It's one teen against the system in this light-hearted look at the challenges and rewards of chasing your dreams.



About the Author
Born in Iowa in 1979, Travis Nichols now lives in Chicago. He is the author the poetry collections SEE ME IMPROVING (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) and IOWA (Letter Machine Edtions, 2010), and the novel OFF WE GO INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER (Coffee House Press, 2010). An editor at the Poetry Foundation, his writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Believer, Details, Paste, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Stranger. He also edits the online magazine Weird Deer.


Praise For Matthew Meets the Man

"Nichols writes in a snappy, conversational style; the plot moves as quickly as Matt’s ever-scheming brain."--School Library Journal “A light-hearted tale of a likable kid trying to be cool and survive high school at the same time.”--Kirkus Reviews 

“…a welcome indie twist…”--BCCB