A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

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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 in Michigan 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.

This ebook includes a sample chapter of Hound Dog True.


About Linda Urban

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Linda Urban's debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. Her novel Hound Dog True received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. A former bookseller, she lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her family. www.lindaurbanbooks.com
Published April 6, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 225 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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All ten-year-old Zoe Elias has ever wanted is a baby grand so that she can become a star who dazzles Carnegie Hall.

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Zoe's playing also earns her the respect of a most unexpected friend, one who might love Zoe despite (or even because of) her dorkiness and who might also help Zoe's dad at the same time.

Apr 06 2009 | Read Full Review of A Crooked Kind of Perfect

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Charles Simic, who has published more than 20 volumes of poetry as well as essay collections, translations and a memoir, will be appointed the nation's new poet laureate today, according to the New York Times.

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Zoe Elias dreams about playing the piano at Carnegie Hall.

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