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A Crooked Kind of Perfect

By Linda Urban
  • ISBN Code: : 0329704648
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Pages : 213
  • Category : Children's stories
  • Reads : 749
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
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Book Excerpt :

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

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