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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight Hardcover – May 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477600
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up Calliope once lived happily with her artist parents. Then her mother decided to find herself, and now she and her daughter pack up and go at a moment's notice, following Renaissance Faires around the country. Eliot once lived with his normal family on the Carolina coast where they were all very happy. Then his father found God and dragged them to the woods to start a Fat Camp based on the motto, What Would Jesus Eat? In alternating chapters, readers follow Cal and Eliot as they struggle with growing up, finding themselves, and finding one another. While each narrator has a clear and unique voice, the two work together in perfect harmony. Supporting characters all adults are well developed and distinctive. Reluctant teen readers may be drawn to this title by the bubble-gum-cutesy cover, but they will be hooked by the strong, quirky story of love and family. Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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Gr. 7-10. "My mother is a wench. It says so right on her W-2." Fifteen-year-old Calliope (Cal) is tired of sleeping in tents and following her free-spirited mother, who works at Renaissance fairs, selling handmade jewelry and serving drinks. She yearns for four walls, her father back in Texas, and a deeper sense of place, connection, and love. Then, while spending the summer in Asheville, North Carolina, Cal meets Elliot, also 15, whose father runs a Christian camp for overweight kids. Like David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006), this coauthored love story unfolds in alternating chapters narrated in Cal and Elliot's hilarious, heart-tugging voices. Although the adult characters veer toward caricature, and the story's closing events feel a bit hasty and undeveloped, the authors raise a potentially routine summer romance into a refreshing, poetic, memorable story filled with the precise small details that nudge people toward love--from the sound of a necklace to the taste of homemade barbeque sauce. Gillian Engberg
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Customer Reviews

At times, this book went a bit slow, and sometimes, the writing got a bit annoying.
Paige
Cal and Eliot are believable, well-developed characters that any teen/young adult should be able to identify with on some level.
M. K. Berry
The characters remind me of me and my friends and the types of things we'd say and do.
Of Spades

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Sanders on September 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
After reading a good book I have this fear of reading another, knowing it won't be able to top the one before. I finished Harry Potter 7 and this happened, then I read Eclipse and there was good month pause before I was able to find a book that I could really get into and feel good about. Scrambled Eggs at Midnight was this book.

I loved the witty narrative through out the book and I found it hard to not laugh out loud during class. I could easily relate to both characters (my dad leaving me and my mom being extremely religious but rather hypocritical about it.)

Through out the book I was trying to find some sort of fault and although I did find some (see below) they weren't the typical: this book is so predicatable. Although you know from the reviews on the back cover that it is going to be a happy ending, you aren't exactly sure how that is going to be. It was the first teen romance book that I've read in a long time that wasn't extremely predictable. It was definately a nice change.

Also, although it does follow the typical Romeo and Juliet plot format it was still original, the family dynamics and setting and side plots were something new to me. I loved how the authors kept the side plots going (Eliot's parent's problems) but didn't let it over power the main plot. Generally when I see a side plot the author brings it too much into the story, but that isn't really how the case is when you are so consumed in love like Eliot and Cal. (Or at least I assume.)

My only gripe about the book is that the characters seemed really young (15) and even though they were young they talked even younger at some points. I don't think any 15 year old would call someone 'goober.' But maybe that's just me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my birthday, because people always give me books, and this was my favorite of all the ones I read this summer. I told my teacher about it hoping we can read it for class. It is really funny and you really like all of the chracters. Cal and Eliot are both funny and they seem like real people by the time you finish the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Of Spades on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I personally thought this book was amazing. The dynamics of the characters were well thought out and honest to reality. I've become so sick of reading teenage novels because of the trash that is out there, but this book is really different. The characters remind me of me and my friends and the types of things we'd say and do. For the people who find this book boring I have one thing to say. Books don't have to involve sex, explosions, or people with magical powers to be entertaining. If you are looking for an honest, small town characters romance novel, this is the perfect read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is quite a wonderful book. Told in alternating chapters by two sad and funny fifteen-year olds, it's smart and touching. Cal and Eliot inhabit a post-modern America of Jesus Fat Camps and Renaissance "Faires," which they describe in satiric detail. Wry observers of their parents' foibles and failures as well, both characters are haunted by loss and longing. The plot is deft, if unsurprising, but it's the fine observation, humor, emotional honesty, and especially the quality of the writing that raise the book high above the formulaic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Calliope is a normal teenage girl. Well, she wants to be. Unfortunately, her chance at a normal life is overshadowed by the reality of her mother's job, which is that of a wench. "My mother is a wench. It says so right on her W-2." Consequently, the opening at the Asheville Renaissance Faire prompts Calliope's mother, Delores, to pack up and move to North Carolina for employment at the largest Renaissance Faire in the country. And, once again, Calliope is uprooted and whisked away on another one of her mother's whims.

Eliot also wishes to take a stab at normalcy. He is the son of a religious pioneer, otherwise known as "The Dad", who founded the Sonshine Valley Christian Camp, which is a fat-camp filled with Christ. "The Dad" recently expanded his religious marketing horizon to include books and a television channel dedicated to serving the Lord and losing the weight. Eliot, however, is lost in all of the fanaticism, and reminisces on the memories of his family before his father became obsessed with his work.

Then one day Calliope meets Eliot, and they are both fascinated with each other. Their friendship grows and strengthens, and soon their relationship, which both Delores and "The Dad" disapprove of, becomes all-consuming for both parties. But for once, they both feel like what they have is normal.

Sadly, their relationship is threatened by many factors, including Delores's hopes to move once again, and "The Dad" being suspicious of Calliope's theological beliefs. Will Calliope and Eliot's determination to stay close persevere in the end?

SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT is, for the most part, a light-hearted read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sajovic on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Scrambled eggs at Midnight. I found the story unique and almost intensely honest. I could connect so completely with the thoughts, wishes and dreams of both characters. I even put my plans for my day on hold so I could finish the story.
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