A Crooked Kind of Perfect

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

eBook - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"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
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 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780152066697
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (224 pages)
Call Number: eBook


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

I really loved this book, the story is sweet and funny. For those who like contemporary fiction this one is a must.

Apr 25, 2012


( P.S. I'm awesome!)

olson_ys Feb 20, 2012

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has big dreams. She wants to be the next piano prodigy, the next Vladimir Horowitz. Unfortunately the instrument she is stuck with is not the shiny baby grand she has dreamed of. It is the Perfectone D-60; a wheezing wood-paneled organ better suited to performing television theme songs than classical compositions. Zoe tries to embrace the organ her father has given her but it is just one of the problems that have popped up in her life. Her best friend has ditched her for someone new, a strange classmate keeps following her home after school, her workaholic mother is never home and her reclusive father is obsessed with baking. But despite these problems, Zoe decides to give the organ one more chance and before long she is competing at the Perform-a-Rama…and having a great time. This is an easy and fun read with a great lesson about holding onto your dreams and accepting the imperfections that make life so interesting.

Aug 15, 2009

Zoe wants a piano more than anything, but her father purchases a giant hokey Perfectone organ with preset rhythms and voices. Now she must scale the mountain known as Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" to perform in a Perfectone competition, all while trying to keep the peace between her sweet, agoraphobic shut-in father and her overworked, always-at-the-office mother. I listened to this on CD and really enjoyed it.


Add Age Suitability

Jul 25, 2015

aimplett thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

VeganGreen Oct 17, 2009

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 11


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at DCL

To Top