Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

A Crooked Kind of Perfect A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Award: Great Lakes Book Award/Honor
AR Reading Level: 3.9
On the library stacks: Children's fiction
Recommended for: Grades 3+

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10-year old Zoe Elias has dreams of becoming a piano prodigy. Instead, her dad buys her a big wheezy organ, complete with six months of organ lessons. While she's not exactly a prodigy, she does work hard despite hating the organ.

But wait! There's more. There's her mom who has to work all the time. And her dad who is afraid to leave the house and spends all of his time taking various correspondence courses from his living room that he'll never use. And her best friend who has decided to get a new best friend. And Wheeler, a boy from her class who has decided to come over every day after school and bake with her dad.

Zoe wants to be cool. She wants to perform in a real piano recital. She wants her dad to be like other dads. And she wishes her mom could pay more attention to her.

This book is sweet, smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and it also illicted a tear or two. It really is a crooked kind of perfect. I loved it.

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Book 52 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge, Book 32 of 50 for the New Author Challenge, Book 41 of 55 for the Countdown Challenge (2007), Book 24 of 25 for the MG Reading Challenge

Source: Purchased


Shelley said...

I really loved this one too. I keep trying to get my daughter to read it, but I need to learn that when I suggest a book to my kids, they run the other way! I need a better method.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds like it would bring back memories of what it's like to be 10.