Michele Weber Hurwitz Calli Be Gold

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Calli Be Gold

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Eleven-year-old Calli Gold is the quiet third child in a family of loud overachievers. In fact, the family motto is Be Gold. Calli's sister is on an ice-skating team, and her brother's a basketball star. Her parents are sure she has a hidden gift for something. They just have to figure out what it is! But Calli has flopped at everything she's tried. She sure doesn't feel like a Gold.

Until a new person enters her life. Second grader Noah Zullo might seem strange to some people, but Calli can't help liking him, and they become partners in their school's Peer Helper Program. When they create a booth for the Friendship Fair, they fill it with secrets and surprises. And as Calli and Noah work and learn together, they even surprise themselves.

Michele Weber Hurwitz's debut is an endearing and gently humorous story about the true meaning of achievement and the important things an "ordinary" kid has to offer.

Nominated for:
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota)
Bluestem Readers’ Choice Award (Illinois)

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Mom taps a pen on the enormous monthly write-on, wipe-off calendar taped to one wall of our kitchen. Better known as the Calendar. "It's going to be tight today," she says, peeling off one blue Post-it and then a pink one. The pink ones are Becca's Post-its, and my brother Alex's are blue. Those tiny squares contain their schedules to the minute. My mother, who calls herself the Gold CFO (Chief Family Organizer), says that without her precisely scheduled planning, our life as we know it would fall apart.

My Post-it notes are light yellow. There are only two of them on the Calendar for this month. One is for a dentist appointment and the other is for a haircut.

My dad says he'd like to see lots more yellow Post-its filling up the Calendar because the Golds are busy people, and after all, I am a Gold too. Trouble is, in the past two years, I've tried gymnastics, ballet, soccer, baton twirling, violin, and even origami, but I was a big disappointment in everything. Or everything was a big disappointment to me. I can't remember which. So as of right now, I haven't yet made my mark on the Calendar. But Dad says I will. He says I have to, because I am a Gold.

About the Author:

MICHELE WEBER HURWITZ grew up in a suburb of Chicago and still lives in the same area with her husband and three children. She does not have a huge calendar taped to her kitchen wall but has been known, on occasion, to drive with Post-it notes stuck to the steering wheel. This is her first novel. Visit her at micheleweberhurwitz.com.

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