Cover of A Crooked Kind of Perfect
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (Harcourt, 2007) Zoe dreams of being a great concert pianist, but then her parents buy her a "wheeze-bag organ" instead. Ms. Urban has captured the 11-year-old voice so well that at times I laughed out loud. This is a great book to read for anyone who has dreams. It reminds me of this quote by Carl W. Buechner, "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
To learn more about Linda Urban herself go to http://www.lindaurbanbooks.com/. She's got encouraging words for writers, too.