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A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

by Linda Urban

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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 |
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 |
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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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