I Am Drums

by Mike Grosso

A young drummer's dilemmas will resonate with readers trying to keep their dreams alive during tough times in this "appealing, goodhearted story for all young people yearning to march to the beat of their own drums." —Horn Book


  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9781328900135
  • ISBN-10: 1328900134
  • Pages: 256
  • Publication Date: 11/19/2019
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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    “This book is the song of my middle-school heart.” —Michelle Schusterman, author of the I Heart Band! series 
    Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people. 

    But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do just about anything to play them out loud—even lie to her family if she has to. Will the cost of chasing her dream be too high?  


    An exciting new voice in contemporary middle grade, Mike Grosso creates a determined heroine readers will identify with and cheer for.

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    "An appealing, goodhearted story for all young people yearning to march to the beat of their own drums. " 

    —Horn Book 


    "This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness." 



    "A great read for middle graders with their own obsessions and dreams." 

    —School Library Journal 


    “Sweet and humorous with a main character you will root for like crazy.” 

    —Randy Ribay, author of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes

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