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Title: A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Author: Linda Urban
Genre: YA Fiction
Premise: Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life. (King County Library System)
Opinions: Okay, I admit it. I picked up this book to read because of the cover. (So embarrassed I judged a book by it's cover.) HOWEVER, I am deeply in love with this book. Zoe has dreams or performing the piano in Carnagie Hall, but reality sets in when her father gets her an organ instead of a piano. Everything in Zoe's life is just slightly crooked from where she wants it to be, but she grows to learn that perfection is sometimes better when it is slightly crooked. (Okay, I stole that last little blip from the book jacket, but it was just so well worded and I haven't had a lot of sleep this week.)
This book is a quick read and highly entertaining with a beautiful message. It was on my list of books that I thought should have/could have one a Newbery but didn't. This is a must read in my opinions. (And hey that's what I'm giving today.)