Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Ten-year-old Zoe is going to be a concert pianist. She can feel it in her bones. All she needs is piano, preferably a baby grand, and some piano lessons.

When her agoraphobic father risks life and limb to get her a piano, he comes home, triumphant, with a wheeze bag. That is, he buys Zoe an organ.

Disappointed, but not deterred, Zoe begins her lessons. She soon discovers a few things: she does have a talent for making music, lasting friendships can come from unexpected places, and her life really is perfect…as long as she tilts her head to the side and smiles.

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I think we each have a bit of Zoe in us. We have a dream, and life tries it’s hardest to give us that dream. But sometimes our baby grand comes in the form of a wheeze bag organ. It would be easy enough to give up, but Zoe presses on. She is so sweet and tries so hard. There were a few times I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and squeeze. There were a few times I wanted to roll my eyes at her.

Written in first person, present tense, this book has short, charming chapters. It was a fun read that easily had me laughing. Zoe has that witty sarcasm we all wish we had.


  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Source: A gift
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1 comment:

Lea said...

Hi Deb!

Ahh, I haven't visited you in forever, but I just saw you on my blog feed and had to stop by!

I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds really cute :)

I remember when I started my blog back in March you were very supportive (you may even have been my first follower lol!) and I just wanted to say "thanks!" I'm now looking forward to my 500 follower giveaway, and it's because of support and advice from people like you in the blogosphere that has helped me to have a successful blog.

PS~ The design/layout has changed quite a bit!

Have a great week and happy reading ;)

~Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland