by Linda Urban
211 pages for intermediate and middle grade readers hoping to discover what “perfect” means with family and friends
Four years ago Lyndsey and Josie said I should read A Crooked Kind of Perfect. Their recommendation is what kept this book on my mind and finally it came to the top of my pile. I am so glad it did. A Crooked Kind of Perfect is a soft reminder that marvelous things happen if you stop to take notice. Nothing is perfect. Everything has its own unique quirks that can be seen as gifts or embarrassments – each one of us has to decide how to view them.
Zoe Elias is meant for great things. She dreams of playing like Horowitz at Carnegie Hall. In her mind’s eye everything it elegant and beautiful – long gowns, tiaras, clapping and smooth flowing music as she makes the piano sing for her adoring audience. Zoe Elias is meant for great things, but sometimes things don’t work out quite as planned.
Zoe’s dad was supposed to buy her a piano, but instead he came home with Prefectone D-60. It’s an organ – nothing like the graceful piano she should be playing – but it does come with six month of free lessons from Mabelline Person (pronounced Per-saaahn). So while Zoe’s mom is working and Zoe’s dad is completing, yet another, correspondence course, Zoe moves through the lessons in the Prefectone D-60 lesson book. She plays tv show jingles and hits of the seventies. She learns that socks aren’t cool and that Wheeler Diggs isn’t exactly the kid she thinks he is at school. Zoe gets pretty good and Mabelline Person suggests that she compete in the Perform-O-Rama organ competition.
Sometimes life is what we expect. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes the unexpected is better. Sometimes it’s not. Zoe is on a crooked path discovering perfect. Read A Crooked Kind of Perfect to find out how it works out. It’s not what you expect and you’ll be glad.