Title: Vin and the Dorky Duet
Author: Maggie Lyons
Chapter Book- Middle Grade
Back CoverThe moment he walks through the door and sees the sharky grin on his older sister’s face,
Vin suspects Meg is hatching a plot. He’s right. Worse still, he’s central to the outcome. Meg
tells him that their music teachers, parents—everyone—expect him to play her duet for trumpet
and piano at the upcoming student concert. Vin is horrified.
Meg insists that his only escape route is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place.
She has the hunky Brad Stewart in mind and challenges Vin to introduce her to him. Vin doesn’t
know Brad any better than Meg does, but she points out that Vin is in two classes with Brad’s
nerdy brother. Eyeballs Stewart is the last person Vin wants to befriend until Meg’s promise of a
David Beckham autographed soccer jersey changes the seventh-grader’s mind. He has five days
to accomplish his mission—Operation BS—before the concert practice schedule kicks in.
His game plan, thwarted by exploding fish tanks, magnetic compost heaps, man-eatingbubble baths, and other disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as Vin expects .
It isn't every book for kids that grabs your attention from the first paragraph but Vin and the Dorky Duet does just that. This is a fun and exciting book that will grab the reader and take them on a realistic adventure common for siblings.
The story keeps the reader turning the pages to see how the concert turns out and who lands the job of playing with Meg. It is all fun and filled with the goofy outcomes that make middle grade students keep reading. They will love the characters and finish the book wanting to read more.
Great job, Ms Lyons.
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