A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Written by: L. Urban

Zoe is ten and she wants to be a pianist who plays at Carnegie Hall. All she needs is a baby grand and she will be a shoe-in. But as usual, things don’t go quite according to plan. When dad is confronted with the overwhelming task of going to the mall to buy her piano, he buys a Perform-O-Rama organ instead! Zoe is disappointed but sets her mind to making the best of it. She might just learn to play well enough to earn that applause, even if it is during a Perform-O-Rama competition instead of Carnegie Hall!

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Book trailer

A cool study aide

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Out of My Mind

Written by: S. Draper

Melody has a photographic memory, she loves music, and is one of the smartest kids in her class. The only problem is no one knows! How is this possible? How can everyone overlook such a smart kid? Not even her parents realize what she is capable of. How can she make them understand? Can technology help her? This is a story of a truly different type; Melody will make you look at the world with new eyes.

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A different book trailer

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Written by: B. Cleary

Leigh Botts is Mr. Henshaw’s greatest fan, in his many letters to his mentor, Leigh tells all of his trials and tribulations of living in a new place and missing his dad. Leigh wants to be a writer like Mr. Henshaw but he despairs of achieving his dream. This story is told by letters and diary entries that Leigh has written. His progression to becoming the writer of his dreams can be seen by us, even if he isn’t quite aware of it.

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Character quiz

Activities

Book trailer

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Written by: S. Pastis

Timmy is a classic gumshoe detective. He is completely clueless, in more ways than one. With a chicken-nugget-devouring-Polar-bear-side-kick he attempts to solve crimes perpetrated against his friends and acquaintances. Somehow, like all great detectives, he manages to fall into the solution in the end. Hilarity ensues in this great novel.

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Timmy’s very own website

Book trailer

The author’s blog

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