by Maggie Lyons
94 pages – ages 9+
Published by MuseItUp Publishing on June 10, 2012
Vin did NOT want to play a duet with his sister Meg in the school concert (Vin plays the trumpet and Meg plays the piano). Meg said the only way Vin can get out of it is to get Brad Stewart to play the trumpet with her instead of Vin (see Meg has a major crush on Brad). The only way to get to Brad is for Vin to hang out with his nerdy brother, Binkley, A.K.A. “Eyeballs,” but Vin isn’t sure if he wants to do that. Meg gets Vin to agree by offering him an autographed David Beckham Jersey in addition to not having to play the duet. From then on, things go from bad to worse for Vin. Will things ever work out for this seventh-grader?
This story is written well. The characters are very believable and likeable. The language in the book is appropriate for all ages and I think it is written how kids really speak. I like that Vin plays the trumpet (because I do too 😉 ) and the relationship he has with his sister. I also like that Vin finds out Binkley is pretty nice. I was not fond of the cover art and wished it was a bit better. There isn’t a huge lesson taught in the book, but it is a fun story to read and I think a lot of kids would like it. 🙂