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A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
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Nov 01, 09

bookshelves: child-lit, fiction, music, realistic-fiction, rebecca-caudill-2010, middle-grade
Read in October, 2009

I'm surprised by how much I liked this book. It has so much appeal to 4th/5th grade, maybe even 6th grade. The chapters are very short and nearly self-contained. It's witty. The characters are eccentric but in a way that's normal. Zoe is a ten year-old girl who desperately wants to be a prodigy pianist so she can play at Carnegie Hall. This is mostly her story - of learning to play the keyboard (pianos are too expensive) - but you also get to meet her parents and her friends. Her dad has a serious fear of leaving the house, so much that he attends Living Room University in, well, his living room because he's not able to do much else. Her mom is a workaholic and absolutely loves her job but is hardly ever home. And her best friend is no longer her best friend, trading her in for the girl down the street who has better fashion sense anyway. Zoe finds a new friend in a boy who everyone is afraid of, but really, all she wants to do is play the piano, and that's the heart of this book. A quick read and a feel-good story.
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