Vin and the Dorky Duet by Maggie Lyons

vinandthedorkyVin and the Dorky Duet

by Maggie Lyons

94 pages – ages 9+

Published by MuseItUp Publishing on June 10, 2012

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). Meg said the only way Vin can get out of it is to get Brad Stewart to play the trumpet with her instead of Vin (see Meg has a major crush on Brad). The only way to get to Brad is for Vin to hang out with his nerdy brother, Binkley, A.K.A. “Eyeballs,” but Vin isn’t sure if he wants to do that. Meg gets Vin to agree by offering him an autographed David Beckham Jersey in addition to not having to play the duet. From then on, things go from bad to worse for Vin. Will things ever work out for this seventh-grader?

This story is written well. The characters are very believable and likeable. The language in the book is appropriate for all ages and I think it is written how kids really speak. I like that Vin plays the trumpet (because I do too 😉 ) and the relationship he has with his sister. I also like that Vin finds out Binkley is pretty nice. I was not fond of the cover art and wished it was a bit better. There isn’t a huge lesson taught in the book, but it is a fun story to read and I think a lot of kids would like it. 🙂

Four out of five bookworms for Vin and the Dorky Duet.  fourbooks

Categories: Age 9+

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22 replies

  1. Ok…I’m leaving you a comment Erik! I’m a fourth grade teacher who just found your blog and I am thrilled to read great commentary by any child, let alone an eleven-year-old boy! Vin and the Dorky Duet is definitely going on my “to read” list and I’m planning on sharing your blog with my son (also an eleven-year-old) and my students today! Congratulations to you for putting out such a high quality blog!

    • Thanks Ms. Lutzke! If your son or any of your students want to be guest reviewers, or if they have any talents (writing or artwork or anything else cool) that they want to send in for my Creative Kid Thursday feature, please let me know! Please come again!

  2. This actually is a great lesson in whether or not to do mad things your sister tells you to do 😉 Sounds very interesting. I agree about the cover though.

  3. Erik, the scenario sounds very typical between siblings. Cover art is really important in book sales, so I am glad you raise this point. Hopefully people will still go ahead and buy it and enjoy the story.

  4. Freat choice, Erik. We like this review. Being onstage in a school concert would be SO much fun. I would do that duet with Vin in a heartbeat. All that’s missing here is ….the talent…. *sigh*

    Love and licks,

  5. Sounds like blackmail to me. Great sibling rivalry. The video is cute — better than the cover. But, it does sound like a story kids would find fun!

    Congratulations on having a teacher like your blog enough to share it with her son and class! Hope she goes back and see all that you’ve done!

  6. I like the way you tell us what it is you look for in a book, that you expect your books to have a message and great cover art. Thanks Erik, for always keeping us in touch!

  7. I’m a fourth grade teacher, and a writer, and I’m so glad I found your blog. It’s great to read a kid’s perspective on books. Thanks!

  8. Once again, you bring up great points. This does sound cute. I like the curtain and spotlights on the cover, but the drawing is a little rough.

  9. This book sounds so fun. My 5th graders take band at school and would probably love this book. I like that the writing seems realistic for the age group. 🙂

  10. It does sound like a fun book, Erik. Sometimes when I want to escape, a fun book is exactly what I need!

  11. Hi Erik, I’m also a bit particular when it comes to book covers – no matter how the cliche goes, I think they matter a great deal, and it also shows the amount of thought that goes into the creation of the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this particular book. Do you keep a reading log of books you read? We have our usual annual reading calendar which we started I think sometime 2010, where we challenge ourselves to read 365 books a year and we list down our titles ( – you should do the same thing! It would be wonderful to see how many books you usually get to read in a month’s time! 🙂

    • Yeah, I know I judge books by their covers even though we aren’t supposed to. This story is a very good story though! I keep a record of the books I read for school to turn in, but I never thought to put one on my blog. That’s a great idea! I actually read a lot more books than I post about. I’m going to do it!

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