A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Author(s): Linda Urban
Original Publish Date: Nov 13, 2007
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Product Number: Z100011413
Released: Nov 13, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739361450
Narrator/s: Tai Alexandra Ricci
Publisher: Listening Library
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Carnegie Hall, look out! Zoe Elias has big musical dreams. As soon as she gets a glossy baby grand piano, she'll be on her way. Trouble is, what Zoe gets is a wood-grained, vinyl-seated, wheeze-bag organ. The Perfectone D-60. How will she ever be discovered as a prodigy when her lesson book is The Hits of the Seventies? Not even a cha-cha beat can make the theme song from The Brady Bunch sound like Beethoven. If you add to that problem a mom who's always at work, a dad who's afraid to leave the house, and an odd boy who follows her home from school every day, Zoe's big dreams are looking pretty lopsided. But when she enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, Zoe discovers that life is full of surprises–and that maybe a little lopsidedness will help her find what she's really hoping for.

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Author(s): Linda Urban
Product Number EB00033383
Released: Apr 06, 2009
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ISBN: #9780152066697

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"Linda Urban's poignant debut novel is filled with unique characters. Zoe Elias knows she's a prodigy destined to perform at Carnegie Hall like her hero, Vladimir Horowitz. However, her agoraphobic, obsessive-compulsive father comes home, NOT with a shiny baby grand, but with a wood-grained wheeze-bag Perfectone D-60 organ! Tai Alexandra Ricci breathes life into Zoe with the perfectly sassy tone of an almost 11-year-old whose reality doesn't match her dreams. Ricci has just the right tone of exasperation as Zoe deals with her father's Livingroom University courses. (He holds 26 degrees.) This book tugs the heartstrings, tickles the funny bone, and reaffirms the power of dreams. N.E.M. 2008 ALA Notable (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"