A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT by Linda Urban
"I was supposed to play the piano.
The piano is a beautiful instrument.
People wear ball gowns and tuxedos to hear the piano.
With the piano, you could play Carnegie Hall."
States ten-year-old Zoe Elias who dreams of having her own piano and being called a prodigy. But the terrible truth is Zoe ended up with a wood-grained, vinyl-seated, wheeze-bag organ instead of a glossy baby grand. All because her Dad, an impulsive (if not compulsive) shopper couldn't resist a certain mall organ's catchy boompa sound. With encouragement from her teacher, Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition. It's not Carnegie Hall, but it may be perfect enough.
I fell in love with Zoe and hope you'll find her endearing, too. Note Ms. Urban's newest book THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING releases March 5.