While I can’t say I’ve been reading a book a day as some of you bloggers out there are doing, I did read a few books this week. I tried to balance some newer books with some older ones. My daughters have many books on their shelves that we have collected over the years and I took some of their recommendations of great reads that I didn’t get to when they first came out.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban was one of the books that my daughter, Clare, put into my hands. I’m sure that Clare initially loved it because of the cover with striped toe socks. (Clare is a sock-a-hol-ic.) Within the cover is the strong first person voice of Zoe Elias. I marked up some passages that would be great for teaching voice and subtlety and, as a writer, I am re-inspired that a novel can take place within a short period of time with everyday issues and fifth grade challenges. Zoe and her family are quirky and memorable with some laugh out loud interactions and other I-want-to-jump-into-the-pages and yell at some of them to make different decisions!
I love books that have messages of perseverance, resilience and empathy and this book has all three. If you missed A Crooked Kind of Perfect but enjoy a quick read with a strong girl narrator, I highly recommend it.