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Grade 4–6—An impressive and poignant debut novel. Eleven-year-old Zoe dreams of giving piano recitals at Carnegie Hall. When her father purchases a Perfectone D-60, though, she must settle for the sounds of the organ rather than the distinguished sounds of a baby grand. Her organ teacher, Mabelline Person, notices the child's small talent for music and recommends her for the "Perfectone Perform-O-Rama"; she will play Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans." Accepting this new twist to her ambitions, Zoe must depend on a quirky support system: her father, who gets anxious when he leaves the house and who earns diplomas from Living Room University; her workaholic mother; and her classmate Wheeler, who follows Zoe home from school daily to spend time with her father, baking. Playing television theme songs from the '60s and '70s rather than Bach doesn't get Zoe down. Instead, aware of the stark difference between her dream and her reality, she forges ahead and, as an underdog, faces the uncertainty of entering the competition. In the end, resilient and resourceful Zoe finds perfection in the most imperfect and unique situations, and she shines. The refreshing writing is full of pearls of wisdom, and readers will relate to this fully developed character. The sensitive story is filled with hope and humor. It has a feel-good quality and a subtle message about how doing one's best and believing in oneself are what really matter.—Jennifer Cogan, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA
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"What a generous spirit behind this book: one that celebrates the crooked quirks of its characters. I love Zoe's parents and her friend Wheeler, but most especially I love Zoe. She's perfect, in the most deliciously crooked kind of way."--Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons
"An impressive and poignant debut novel . . . filled with hope and humor."--School Library Journal
"Immediately engaging . . . Zoe’s world is drawn with sometimes painful precision, her emotions are revealed with empathy, and her story unfolds realistically, without the miracles she hopes for, but with small, sometimes surprising changes . . . sometimes funny, sometimes tender, this is a promising debut."--Booklist
"Short, funny chapters full of exaggeration and exasperation provide lots of laughs . . . Readers with their own dreams, weird obsessions, and quirky hobbies will be heartened by the message that a few bumps, compromises, and sour notes along the way can pay off in a major key."--The Bulletin --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Zoe wants to play the piano, she wants to play at Carnegie Hall. Her wish is to be a piano prodigy, but first she needs a piano. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suze @ Suze Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
This is a great book for older kids who are figuring out friendship and family issues. The book is full of interesting characters who taught great lessons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Erin M.
Here is a middle school book that I have frequently recommended to adult friends! The writing is simply wonderful: witty, funny, entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cynthia Webb
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect, a Realistic Fiction story, in which Zoe an eleven year old dreamer, wanted to be a prodigy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kara D.
Zoe has her heart set on a piano. She can visualize playing at Carnegie Hall some day. Instead of a piano, she gets a rhythm organ some salesman has talked her Dad into. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Greenwood
What a fun little book. Aimed at about 5th or 6th grade. Quick & easy to read with a great message.Published 7 months ago by Inspired Kathy
I love the writer tells the story. How she writes it in a child's voice and the way the child looks at things.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer