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CALL THE SHOTS [Kindle Edition]

Don Calame
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Join Coop, Sean and Matt in this hilarious sequel to Swim the Fly and Beat the Band, full of Don Calame’s trademark wit and gross-out gags. When Coop suggests making a cheap-ass horror film to bring in the bucks the guys are a bit sceptical, but Coop is nothing if not persuasive, and Zonkey! (a tale of ‘half-man, half-monkey drones that mutate into hairy uncontrollable zombie-monsters with a thirst for human blood’) is born.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Calame's hilarious companion (2012) to Swim the Fly (2009) and Beat the Band (2010, all Candlewick) will convert anyone who is on the fence about listening to audiobooks. Featuring Coop, Sean, and Matt, this title follows the same vein of humor and fun as the previous two books. This time Sean takes the spotlight, so the book is told from his perspective. The plot revolves around another one of Coop's crazy schemes: to make a short horror movie and win the $50,000 prize at Rockville's TerrorFest. The problem is that the trio has no script, no money, and no equipment. At first, Sean is reluctant to go along with the plan, but when his parents announce that he will be sharing a room with his twin sister because a baby is on the way, he quickly agrees to the movie so that he can use his share of the prize money to build a new room on his house. Sean is a nice guy who experiences some embarrassing and hilarious life lessons throughout the story. He goes from wanting a relationship with one girl to finding himself involved in three relationships-all very different and comical. Plenty of realistic teen lingo and situations can be found here. Narrator Nick Podehl gives an outstanding performance and makes each character come alive for listeners. A can't-be-missed audiobook with lots of laugh-out-loud moments.-Sheila Acosta, Cody Library, San Antonio, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Coop schemes up the plan to make a low-budget horror film with his two best friends, Matt and Sean. Fans of Calame’s earlier novels, Swim the Fly (2009), narrated by Matt, and Beat the Band (2010), narrated by Coop, will enjoy experiencing the hilarity and debauchery through Sean’s Star Wars–glazed eyes. Readers should note that the book includes a tragically evocative scene in which a costumed character angrily charges into the theater at the first showing of the boys’ movie. The unfortunate parallel with real life offers up an opportunity for discussion in what is ultimately a brazenly funny and sweetly insightful novel. Grades 9-12. --Diane Colson

Product Details

  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic, Worth Every Penny! September 11, 2012
By Books31
Call the Shots is fun, full of great characters, and is just a great light hearted read. Calame has done a fantastic job maintaining the perfect balance of awkward teenager and relatable/likable character. Of course readers of the previous two books in the series, Swim the Fly and Beat the Band, will rejoice in seeing their favorite rag-tag group of teens back again in this seemingly final book in the trilogy.

Of course, while I recommend to read the books in the order they were released, Calame has created a series where if necessary each book could stand on its own, perfect for readers to jump in at any moment.

Of course, besides fun characters, readers will crack up with Coop's insane plans, which in past books has included everything from going to a nude beach (and seeing things they all wish they could forget), joining battle of the bands when none of them know how to play an instrument, and now in Call the Shots, shooting a horror movie on a $1000 budget to win at terror fest, a horror film festival in New York.

Really this book is fantastic for anyone looking for a light engaging read, where you'll relate to the characters, have fun following in their insane plans, and be glued until the last page. All in all a great read that I'd easily recommend.
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Don Calame's books are some of my favorite reads. Call the Shots was just as good as Swim the Fly and Beat the Band. I love the audio, too. Well crafted characters, very funny, and an enjoyable read. Laugh out loud fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 6, 2014
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All I can say is hilarious. But I am a little sad that the funny stories of Coop, Matt, and Sean have to come to an end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i want more April 15, 2014
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this book is thoroughly amazing. i want more books with these characters. call the shots earned 5 stars. if you are wondering about getting this book don't and get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call th Shots December 27, 2013
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It was good
Wow. This book was crazy good. I like how Sean gets the RV that his Uncle won in a sperm count contest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is and isn't like Moby Dick October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
How this book is like Moby Dick: the word dick, or synonyms, are used frequently. The protagonist suffers. It's an adventure story. Destined to become a classic.

How this book is not like Moby Dick: it's more entertaining, funnier, and occasionally crude and lewd -which makes it a much better read for a teenage boy. Or an adult man, with the brain of the teenage boy - which apparently is most of them.

If you are a fundamentalist, you will be offended, and this book is not for you. But for those with an open mind, you will find that it's well-written, full of heart and it does a wonderful job of depicting both the agony and ecstasy of being a teenager. It's essentially a book about friendship, longing, and growing up. I laughed out loud, and also found it very moving at times.

I will definitely buy and read the first two books in this series.
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