Although Jeff and Tad make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.
In this sequel to DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE, Steve's little brother, Jeffrey, is the narrator. In remission from cancer, Jeffrey still finds life challenging, not only because of his history, but the drama of being in eighth grade. Steve has gone off to Africa to find himself, and Jeffrey's best friend, Tad, is incredibly preoccupied. Feeling like he has no one to turn to, Jeffrey is even more confused when a pretty girl in his class seems to like him. Relationships, growing up, and surviving cancer create a compelling story. A 2011 Schneider Family Book Award recipient in the Middle School category.