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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Grosso  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Grosso lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike Grosso is a musician and a fourth-grade teacher who always keeps a guitar in his classroom. His father gave him his first lesson, and his mom taught him how to keep a steady rhythm. Mike continues to write and record music. I AM DRUMS is his first novel.

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Titles At Your Library

I Am Drums
ISBN: 0544707109

Clarion Books. 2016

“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.


I Am Drums

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Grosso will do Author Talks and Writing Workshops. He also offers free 20 minute Skype visits, but availability for these is limited so get in touch with him as soon as possible if you're interested in that. Email him at to get the conversation started on availability and fees.