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A Crooked Kind of Perfect

by Linda Urban

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  BRCSBooks | Aug 1, 2014 |
A young girl has a dream of playing the piano at Carnegie Hall. Her parents plan to get her a piano, but unfortunately her dad (who suffers from severe anxiety) gets her an organ that he was certain was better (as said by the sales person). She gets upset, but still gives it a try and eventually realizes that, although it's not the piano it is still something fun, impressive, and worth the effort that she puts into it.
This was a cute story and worth the listen, but not my favorite. I had a difficult time getting into it until about halfway through. Another cool thing is that after she is able to appreciate the organ, at the very end, her parents get her a piano.

By the way, "a crooked kind of perfect" refers to the piano that her friend makes to go on top of the birthday cake that he and her father make for her. ( )
  AdrienneWood | Sep 23, 2013 |
I chose this one to inspire my sone Michael to practice the piano. The book was great... but he is now playing the trumpet! ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
Eleven-year-old Zoe is a master at making the most of her situation when Dad buys her an organ rather than the piano she envisioned for her Carnegie Hall performance. A cast of quirky and well developed characters come alive with an engaging and heart-warming story. (family, friend and school issues too) ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
I haven't heard a lot of buzz yet about Newbery contenders, but I'd say this is one of them. It's another quiet story with all the action being character development, without a lot of outside plot to muck it up. It's ostensibly a middle-grade novel, with a protagonist who is 10 years old (going on 11), but the book's appeal will be more for older teens or adults--readers who remember being that age, rather than readers who are that age.

That said, as an adult, this is a very good story--a girl coming to terms with her workaholic mother and agoraphobic father, the best friend who doesn't want to be best friends anymore, the new friend who doesn't really register as a friend for a while. She wants to be a piano prodigy, but instead of a piano she's saddled with an organ. And she overcomes these odds to a very realistic conclusion. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 015206608X, Paperback)

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience's applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall.
           
But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe's dreams hit a sour note. Learning the organ versions of old TV theme songs just isn't the same as mastering Beethoven on the piano. And the organ isn't the only part of Zoe's life that's off-kilter, what with Mom constantly at work, Dad afraid to leave the house, and that odd boy, Wheeler Diggs, following her home from school every day.
           
Yet when Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises--and that perfection may be even better when it's just a little off center.

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Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

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