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ISBN13: 9780152060077
ISBN10: 0152060073
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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.

Review:

"Former bookseller Urban makes a highly promising fiction debut with this sweet, funny novel, relayed in short, titled entries. Ten-year-old Zoe dreams of becoming a famous pianist (as she says in 'How It Was Supposed to Be,' 'A piano is sophisticated. Glamorous. Worldly'). But her quasi-agoraphobic father has one of his usual freak-outs as he attempts to shop for a piano and buys her an electric organ instead. How can Zoe possibly become the next Vladimir Horowitz if she has to play on a 'Perfectone D-60'? Grudgingly, she begins taking lessons from Mabelline Person (pronounced 'Per-saaahn'), who hands Zoe songbooks full of TV theme songs or hits from the '70s ('My piano teacher was supposed to be a sweet, rumpled old man,' Zoe confides to readers. 'I would call him Maestro.... He would discourage me from practicing too much and spoiling the spontaneity of my play'). But when Mabelline enters her in the Perform-O-Rama — her first contest ever — Zoe thinks for the first time that her dreams could possibly come true. Throw in an absurdly workaholic mother, a best friend who deserts Zoe for a girl with a rhyming name (Joella Tinstella), an underparented boy who blossoms overnight when Zoe's dad takes him under his wing, and Zoe's dad's eccentricities, if not to say full-blown neuroses; Urban controls these exaggerated elements through the evenness of Zoe's voice. No matter how outrageously her subjects behave, the author always sounds natural. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Sure that she'll be on her way to Carnegie Hall if only she cold have a baby grand, 10-year-old Zoe Elias's dreams hit a sour note when her dad gives her an organ instead.

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An irresistible debut novel, full of warmth and sass, now in paperback

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Linda Urban's irresistible debut novel, full of warmth and sass, about ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who has perfect piano dreams but a life that's a little off-kilter.

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From the author of the acclaimed A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT and HOUND DOG TRUE comes a middle-grade novel about donuts, a birthday wish, and making things right with the ones you love.

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Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

For Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigis hug.  Thats how everything is supposed to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Rubys wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?

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About the Author

Linda Urban, the former marketing director at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California, now writes children's books full-time. A Crooked Kind of Perfect is her first novel. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

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Michelle Siegel, July 28, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle Siegel)
Everyone feels different than their friends in some way, especially during middle and high school. Urban let's kids know in A Crooked Kind of Perfect that being different is ok and can even be kinda fun! Zoe a tween with a dad who is a bit quirky himself tries follow her dream and make her family happy by learning how to play an organ and enters in a competition, no mind to the fact that it is her dream to play the piano in a recital. Zoe finds a friend in a boy who wants to be a baker, like her dad and the characters all come together as Zoe takes center stage in this story perfect for the oddball in all of us!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152060077
Author:
Urban, Linda
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
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Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 0.62 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 224 pages Harcourt Children's Books - English 9780152060077 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former bookseller Urban makes a highly promising fiction debut with this sweet, funny novel, relayed in short, titled entries. Ten-year-old Zoe dreams of becoming a famous pianist (as she says in 'How It Was Supposed to Be,' 'A piano is sophisticated. Glamorous. Worldly'). But her quasi-agoraphobic father has one of his usual freak-outs as he attempts to shop for a piano and buys her an electric organ instead. How can Zoe possibly become the next Vladimir Horowitz if she has to play on a 'Perfectone D-60'? Grudgingly, she begins taking lessons from Mabelline Person (pronounced 'Per-saaahn'), who hands Zoe songbooks full of TV theme songs or hits from the '70s ('My piano teacher was supposed to be a sweet, rumpled old man,' Zoe confides to readers. 'I would call him Maestro.... He would discourage me from practicing too much and spoiling the spontaneity of my play'). But when Mabelline enters her in the Perform-O-Rama — her first contest ever — Zoe thinks for the first time that her dreams could possibly come true. Throw in an absurdly workaholic mother, a best friend who deserts Zoe for a girl with a rhyming name (Joella Tinstella), an underparented boy who blossoms overnight when Zoe's dad takes him under his wing, and Zoe's dad's eccentricities, if not to say full-blown neuroses; Urban controls these exaggerated elements through the evenness of Zoe's voice. No matter how outrageously her subjects behave, the author always sounds natural. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Sure that she'll be on her way to Carnegie Hall if only she cold have a baby grand, 10-year-old Zoe Elias's dreams hit a sour note when her dad gives her an organ instead.
"Synopsis" by ,
An irresistible debut novel, full of warmth and sass, now in paperback
"Synopsis" by , Linda Urban's irresistible debut novel, full of warmth and sass, about ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who has perfect piano dreams but a life that's a little off-kilter.
"Synopsis" by ,

From the author of the acclaimed A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT and HOUND DOG TRUE comes a middle-grade novel about donuts, a birthday wish, and making things right with the ones you love.

"Synopsis" by ,
Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

For Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigis hug.  Thats how everything is supposed to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Rubys wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?

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