Friday, January 11, 2008

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

I recommend this book for: grade 4 and up

Zoe dreams of playing the piano, but when her super-anxious father goes to the music store, he comes home with an organ instead. Playing 60s TV themes is not what she had hoped for, but Zoe tries to make the best of things - even if her real dream is to play a grand piano in Carnegie Hall. None of Zoe's dreams seem to work out - her best friend ditches her for the popular crowd and their ridiculous shoes, and her new friend comes home with her every day but ends up baking with her father (since Dad doesn't like to leave the house, he does a lot of correspondence courses in things like cake decorating). Also, Mom is a workaholic and her organ teacher enters her into a competition where she'll be playing against kids who have been playing the organ for years. There's a lot of disappointment in this book, but instead of moping (much), Zoe moves on and finds things that make her happy. This was a lovely book with funny and touching moments, and I think Urban captured a lot of the spirit of being a kid in a period of transition. Recommended and a half.

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