Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

86%

13 Critic Reviews

The pressures of modern family life come through loud in clear in Hurwitz’s debut novel, which should speak to children.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Calli Gold is the quiet third child in a family of loud overachievers. In fact, the family motto is Be Gold. Calli's sister is on an ice-skating team, and her brother's a basketball star. Her parents are sure she has a hidden gift for something. They just have to figure out what it is! But Calli has flopped at everything she's tried. She sure doesn't feel like a Gold.
 Until a new person enters her life. Second grader Noah Zullo might seem strange to some people, but Calli can't help liking him, and they become partners in their school's Peer Helper Program. When they create a booth for the Friendship Fair, they fill it with secrets and surprises. And as Calli and Noah work and learn together, they even surprise themselves.
Michele Weber Hurwitz's debut is an endearing and gently humorous story about the true meaning of achievement and the important things an "ordinary" kid has to offer.


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About Michele Weber Hurwitz

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MICHELE WEBER HURWITZ grew up in a suburb of Chicago and still lives in the same area with her husband and three children. She does not have a huge calendar taped to her kitchen wall but has been known, on occasion, to drive with Post-it notes stuck to the steering wheel. This is her first novel. Visit her at micheleweberhurwitz.com.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books. 210 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Calli Be Gold
All: 13 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2011

The sometimes over-the-top depiction of stage parents pokes gentle but oh-so-true fun at them, adding to the appeal of this amusing debut.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by PW on Jun 13 2011

The pressures of modern family life come through loud in clear in Hurwitz’s debut novel, which should speak to children.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jodell Sadler on Apr 10 2012

A lot can be said in Middle School about simply being true to one’s self and not trying to please everyone else.

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Sycamore Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary A. on May 19 2011

I think middle grade readers will be able to relate to Calli’s quiet, thoughtful, and very likable character.

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Journey of a Bookseller

Good
Reviewed by JoAnn Hakola on Jun 15 2012

It's well written, you learn why everyone is acting the way you do, and you learn that Calli is not the failure she thinks she is. It's a positive story about a whole family finding itself.

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Flamingnet

Good
Reviewed by Flamingnet on Aug 01 2011

The plot was interesting; it kept me wondering about what was coming next.

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5 Minutes for Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Nov 29 2011

As I was reading, my heart tugged for Calli as she struggled to please her family yet still remain true to herself. My heart also went out as I related to Calli’s mother.

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Book Trends

Good
Reviewed by Book Trends on Oct 21 2011

I struck gold when I read Calli Be Gold

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Mother Daughter Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Mother Daughter on Apr 02 2012

Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz is sure to strike a chord with both moms and daughters.

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Middle Grade Mafioso

Good
Reviewed by Michael G-G on Nov 21 2011

First person present is hard to pull off, and Hurwitz does a masterful job. And the humor. This book is funny, but also has loads of heart.

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Jean Little Library

Good
Reviewed by Jean Little on Jun 13 2012

This is different enough from your usual “real girls in school and with their families” middle grade books to add to your collection even if you have a large number of these books.

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Book and a Garden

Good
Reviewed by BasyaK on Jun 03 2012

Told with humor and sensitivity, Calli’s story rings true: the sibling relationships, her friendship with Wanda and Claire, the dynamics of an overly-busy family.

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Christy's Book Basket

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Aug 26 2011

By the end of the book, there are a lot of good character developments among the family members. Many parents could read this story as well.

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