Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience's applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall.But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe's dreams hit a sour note. Learning the organ versions of old TV theme songs just isn't the same as mastering Beethoven on the piano. And the organ isn't the only part of Zoe's life in Michigan that's off-kilter, what with Mom constantly at work, Dad afraid to leave the house, and that odd boy, Wheeler Diggs, following her home from school every day.
Yet when Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises--and that perfection may be even better when it's just a little off center.
I originally picked up this book because of the cover. I LOVE striped socks! In fact, I collect them! I honestly had no idea what this book was about. Just the fact that it's middle grade.
Turns out, this book is about Zoe. A ten (almost eleven) year old who wants to play the piano and dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall. But her Dad accidentally picks up a old organ instead.
What I liked about this book was how authentic it was. This book was from a ten-year-old perspective and the voice was so much like a ten-year-old. Zoe is so focused on problems that only a ten-year-old would worry about. Like how nobody wears socks anymore (People definitely wear socks, Zoe. I can atest to that). And the overall life of a ten-year-old. Old friends leaving in a blink of an eye, making new friends, and her family.
The characters were great! I really liked Zoe's Dad! He was very odd, but he was really amazing! Zoe's mom is a workaholic and never seems to have time for Zoe, but she means well. Wheeler is an odd boy at school who turns out to be Zoe's friend and I think that was great, too.
Overall, this was a really cute read and left me with a good feeling. It's really short, only 200-something pages, with really short chapters. I think this is a great book to get you in a good mood!
Meaning: I liked it