After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

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An amazing sequel to the groundbreaking debut, DRUMS, GIRLS & DANGEROUS PIE.

Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it and took off to Africa to be in a drumming circle and "find himself." Jeffrey has a little soul searching to do, too, which begins with his escalating anger at Steven, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he's cute.

About Jordan Sonnenblick

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Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking it. In addition to being a writer, he's a middle-school English teacher and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school. Jordan lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their two children. If he's ever had an imaginary friend, he's not telling! You can visit him on the Web at
Published May 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 275 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this companion novel to Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (2005), Steven’s little brother Jeffrey, now in eighth grade and in full remission from leukemia, discovers that happily ever after isn’t quite what he expected.

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He is cancer-free now, but leukemia treatment left Jeffrey with a limp and a brain that is “a little scrambled up.” When he learns he will be held back unless he passes a statewide standardized test, Jeffrey panics, then agrees to let Tad, his best friend and fellow cancer survivor, tutor him.

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His biggest fear – much as Florida students fear the FCAT – Jeffrey’s school district sends a letter home, informing Jeffrey’s parents that students will not be promoted from grades four, eight, or eleven without passing the state standardized tests to be given in April.

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Tad strikes Jeffrey a deal to tutor him in math as long as Jeffrey promises to help Tad gain the strength to walk across the stage to collect his diploma.

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Tad just wanted Jeffery to make it to high school, while Jeffery wanted Tad to walk.

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One Letter, one tiny letter sent out to all the parents of 4th, 8th and 11th grade students in New Jersey, is what shakes up what might be a normal year for Jeffery.

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