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Vin and the Dorky Duet [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Lyons
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Middle Grade Action Adventure

The 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-eating bubble baths, and other disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as Vin expects.


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Vin and the Dorky Duet
When he walks through the door and sees the sharky grin on his sister's face, Vin rightly suspects Meg is hatching a plot. Worse still, he's central to the outcome. Meg tells him everyone expects him to play her duet for trumpet and piano at the student concert. Vin is horrified.
His only escape is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place. Meg has the hunky Brad Stewart in mind, and she challenges Vin to introduce her to him. To do that he must first befriend Brad's nerdy brother, Eyeballs, the last person Vin wants to be friends with 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.
Vin's game plan, thwarted by exploding fish tanks, magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths, and other disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as he expects ...

About the Author

Maggie Lyons is a freelance writer and editor who was born in Wales and crossed the pond to Virginia. A career that included writing and editing marketing, media relations, and educational nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction but nothing like the magic she has recently discovered in writing fiction and nonfiction for children. Several of her articles, poetry, and a chapter book have been published in Stories for Children Magazine and knowonder! magazine. She hopes her stories encourage reluctant young readers to turn a page or two.

Product Details

  • File Size: 170 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (June 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AK7ALE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for boys and girls June 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Vin and the Dorky Duet by Maggie Lyons

What a wonderfully-written story! It's up there with all the children's funny favourites - Francesca Simon, Nick Sharratt and Jeremy Strong. This has some real laugh-out-loud moments as Vin attempts to pull off his sister's devious plan to attach himself to the class nerd in order to get to his hunky older brother... with the promise of a David Beckham top as a reward.

It's often difficult to find children's fiction which will appeal to boys as well as girls. This definitely hits the mark and would be great as a read alone book as well as a story for adults and children to share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vin and the Dorky Duet Review by WCS from RCB November 19, 2012
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Vin (short for Bevyn) is a high energy, borderline hyperactive 7th grader. He has a vivid imagination, an ironic sense of humor, a knack for exaggeration bordering on prevarication. There is a classic conflicting relationship with a somewhat older, hormonally aroused, highly manipulative teenage sister. Sister Meg is a talented pianist who is actively fabricating circumstances to coerce Vin (a reasonably talented trumpeter) to accompany her in a duet on stage in a future community event. However, she is making conditions so unpalatable for Vin that he is forced to contrive a plan to enlist the services of a more accomplished, older trumpeter (Brad) on whom Meg has a thinly- veiled crush. Vin is involved because Brad's younger brother is a classmate. Though acquainted with each other, Brad's younger brother, Binkley, (nicknamed Eyeballs because of thick magnifying glasses) is a nerd and not anywhere near Vin's clique of acquaintances.
So, utilizing an irresistible bribe, Meg forces Vin to engineer circumstances whereby he and Binkley meet and develop a common interest so Vin can hook up somehow with Brad to sell him on the duet. The duet is for piano and trumpet and is written by Meg, of whose talents as a music composer Vin has serious doubts. There is a time limit of several days to give Meg and her trumpeter time to practice for the recital.
The plot, of course, thickens and Vin's contrivances for the most part fail. However, just in time, Vin realizes that Binkley is much more than a nerd. Binkley is a talented percussionist and possesses much more character and insight than one expects for a nerd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars madcap romp for tweens August 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
If your sister wanted you to set her up on a date with the brother of one of your classmates whom you really didn't like, would you do it? Bevyn (Vin) is a seventh-grade boy who plays the trumpet and lives with his Dad, Mom, and older sister Meg who plays the piano. Meg asks Vin to perform with her at the Halloween concert in what he considers a "dorky duet" which she has composed for trumpet and piano. However, her real plan is to let Vin off the hook if he will get dreamy Brad Stewart, who also plays trumpet and is the brother of Vin's nerdy classmate Binkley (Eyeballs) Stewart, to perfirn the duet with her because she has a crush on Brad. Vin at first refuses, but he finally succumbs when Meg offers him a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey.

Vin has five days to accomplish the job--operation BS (Brad Stewart)--or the deal is off and he has to play the duet. He gets lucky when he and Eyeballs are assigned do work on a science project about whales together. His hope is to go to the Stewart house to study with Eyeballs and talk to Brad about Meg's proposal. However, a number of situations arise which interfere with Vin's achieving his goal. He is waylaid by an exploding fish tank. He is attacked by a neighbor's compost heap. He is almost drowned in an ever-expanding bubble bath. And he is captured by a giant plastic duck. Will Vin succeed in his goal? Will he ever find an opportunity to talk with Brad? And even if he does, what will Brad say about playing the duet?

Vin and the Dorky Duet, which is identified as a "middle grade adventure novella," is a madcap romp through one week in the life of a hapless but always ingenious seventh-grader. Some parents might wish to know that there are a few childish slang terms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kristi's Book Nook February 2, 2013
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What do you do when your sneaky sister wants you to play a duet with her in front of the entire school? Well, you do your best to get out of it, even if it means finding a replacement.

Vin is a trumpet player, but not a very good one. His sister Meg plays the piano and she's not so bad. Meg is plotting to have Vin play a duet with her at a school concert. Meg's main objective is to win the composition prize. The only way that Vin could get out of a duet with his sister is to get Brad Stewart, an excellent trumpet player and very popular boy, to take his place. To sweeten the deal of this trade off Meg has offered to by Vin a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey. Vin has been wanting one for a long time but his allowance never was enough. As operation BS (Brad Stewart) gets into motion, 95 hours and 30 minutes is the countdown, Vin learns more about his uncle the marine biologist, his grandfathers music and Brad Stewart's very happening band. Vin even learns a little bit about himself and his own talents.

Maggie Lyons is a freelance writer and editor who was born in Wales and crossed the pond to Virginia. She has created a fun middle grade read that boys and girls will love. Each chapter unfolds a tale of family and new friendships. If you are a fan of music and various instruments you will find this a fun and interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to give this FIVE Soccer Balls...five stars will have to do.
This book is listed as a middle grade adventure and it does read that way. However Maggie Lyons has a talent for weaving a tale aimed at young people that is just as entertaining... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lady Bug Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Kinney Move Over
Jeff Kinney move over. Maggie Lyons is here with her hilarious kid's novel about a boy trying to get his older sister in with the hunk of her class - only problem is, it's through... Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by unicorngirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good story - fun to read!
Vin did NOT want to play a duet with his sister Meg in the school concert (Vin plays the trumpet and Meg plays the piano). Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by This Kid Reviews Books
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Romp of a Story!
Vin and the Dorky Duet is a relateable story most children will be able to relate to, especially if they have siblings to contend with. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Children's Book Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars What else can go wrong?
VIN AND THE DORKY DUET has given Maggie Lyons the perfect opportunity to write about two things she obviously knows a lot about: music and middle grade kids. Read more
Published on August 30, 2012 by Barbara Bockman
5.0 out of 5 stars Vin and the Dorky Duet
Take your average trumpet blowing kid and give him a sneaky older sister wanting his help. Add in a forced friendship with a nerd named Eyeballs, the promise of a David Beckham... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by C. Mayovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adventure with man-munching bubbles and exploding fish tanks
How far would you go to get your hands on a soccer jersey 'sigend by David Beckham? One kid is prepared to do anything, including dealing with man-munching bubble baths, magnetic... Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Kooky Toon
5.0 out of 5 stars Vin's adventure fits the bill for summer fun!
In his quest to obtain an autographed David Beckham soccer jersey, 12 year old Vin must satisfy his sister Meg's desire to meet the handsome and talented high school trumpeter... Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by Pat H
5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty funny book
Vin will do anything to get out of playing a duet with her sister Meg at the Halloween concert, even if it means making friendly with Eyeballs to entice his older brother Brad into... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by laurie cameron
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More About the Author

I'm a trapeze artist, astronaut, spy--just kidding!

Well, the bit about being a spy is true. It was a long time ago in a far off land, lots of fun, and planets away from my middle-class upbringing in the UK. I was born in a little coal-mining town in South Wales and properly brought up in England where I did English things like attending an all-girls grammar school, playing rounders, doing two hours of homework every day, and going on soggy caravan holidays with my family. I also trained as a classical pianist, which meant annoying family and neighbors with daily four-hour practices.

Once I grew up--wait, that's a fib; I've never actually grown up--I experimented with hedonism in Paris, where, among other things, I taught English to very proper French schoolgirls, and I failed to abide by the British embassy's social rules in Romania, but that's another story. My job in Bucharest was to appease visiting Royal Ballet dancers. If you've ever attempted to herd butterflies, you'll know what I mean. Soon after that I gravitated to the USA because the streets there were supposed to be paved with gold. They weren't, but I stayed anyway and finally wound up catching my breath in a tranquil fishing and farming community on Virginia's coast.

The rest of my so-called professional life has been a regal zigzag through a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing, all of which entailed a lot of writing and editing. Although that work brought me plenty of satisfaction, it didn't produce the kind of magic that can come from writing fiction and nonfiction for children.

Children's literature has always fascinated me. My parents read bedtime stories to me when I was a child and I read stories to my son when he was small. All I needed was an excuse to borrow books from the children's library, and declaring myself to be a children's writer did the trick. Studying the work of great children's writers gives me the chance to indulge my love of that enchanting mix of innocence, escapism, imagination, and humor that bubbles out of children's literature.


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