Calli Be Gold

Michele Weber Hurwitz. Random/Lamb, $15.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-385-73970-2
It’s hard not to fall in love with 11-year-old Calli Gold, who is forced into the role of quiet observer in her very busy, boisterous, and achievement-oriented family. Her sister is on the ice-skating team, her brother is a basketball star, and the family calendar is filled with everyone’s activities except Calli’s (“Light yellow is the color of my Post-its. There are only two of them on the Calendar.... One is for a dentist appointment and the other is for a haircut”). She is shuttled around between her siblings’ engagements, occasionally forced to try yet another after-school activity that ultimately disappoints both her and her family. Things change, however, when she meets second-grader Noah Zullo, who has a similarly detail-oriented perspective on the world and is in dire need of a friend. The pressures of modern family life come through loud in clear in Hurwitz’s debut novel, which should speak to children who, like Calli, know what it’s like to be a normal, even average, member of a family that values success above all else. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
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