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I'm a 32 year old mom of 2 boys and I loved both books.
I havent read swim the fly yet but now I definitely want to...the characters are hilarious and anything that comes out of cooper's mouth has me laughing out loud.
And in my opinion it's Calame's ability to create these engaging realistic characters that make Beat The Band such a fantastic book.
I read the first on and read it in one day and by one day I meant 8am to 3am in the morning. It was the same with this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lauren
I am a teacher and this is not a book that I would recommend to students. It should be rated R. I read the first couple of chapters. I threw the book away.Published 10 months ago by R. L. Whimpey
This is the second book in this developing series. However, Calame appears to have a better sense what this series is all about with this instalment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Habs
Just a good, fun read! Great Characters and a nice look at another one of the boys from "Swim the Fly". Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by luv2laf
A truly great and relevant story for todays youth. I was surprised to find Coop as the narrator of this story, but quickly got over that fact once the story really got rolling. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Eric Jenney
I havent read swim the fly yet but now I definitely want to...the characters are hilarious and anything that comes out of cooper's mouth has me laughing out loud. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by H. Dinh
Gold Star Award Winner!
In the author note for BEAT THE BAND, Don Calame states, "It was hard saying good-bye to the characters in SWIM THE FLY. Read more
I was lucky enough to have gotten an ARC of Swim The Fly back when it first came out a little over a year ago. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Books31
Matt, Sean and Cooper are back in this hilarious sequel to SWIM THE FLY. In Don Calame's previous novel, Cooper "Coop" Redmond, the leader of this teen trio, decided that their... Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by Teen Reads