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.
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