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A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

by Linda Urban

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Narrated by Tai Alexandra Ricci. Zoe's perfect dream is to perform on a grand piano at Carnegie Hall. Instead, her father buys her a Perfectone D-60 organ accompanied by lessons in which she learns the hits of the '70s and old TV theme songs. It's not the perfect path she envisioned to achieve her goals but maybe it's the path she needed to travel. Tai Ricci nicely voices the exasperation Zoe feels whenever things aren't going well. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A delightful read done in very short (one or two page) chapters of a pivotal time in a 10 year old girl's life. The main character, Zoe, oft called Goober or Zsa Zsa by her friend, Wheeler, is a delight and her struggle to fulfill her dreams is wonderful to share. I was particularly amused by the ejaculations her music teacher, Mabelline Person, crack me up.

"Great mother of Mozart",
"Sweet brother of Bach",
"Mozart's postman",
"Chopin's toaster", - (actually this is Zoe's)
"Wagner's Aunt Alice",
"Beethoven's barbershop" ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
This was such a sweet, delightfully written book. I picked it up on the recommendation of A Mighty Girl, and I was not disappointed by this quick, charming read. ( )
  MadameWho | Nov 26, 2014 |
  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 |
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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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