Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

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Calliope (or Cal as she calls herself) wants nothing more than to stay put; to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, and abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Meanwhile, eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to open a camp for kids looking to lose weight and find Jesus. when Cal and eliot meet by chance, they feel an immediate connection. together they must face their isolation, the threat of yet another move, and the deepening of eliot's father's obsession. in their case, love just might be everything it's cracked up to be.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 132.1 x 205.7 x 22.9mm | 272.16g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142408670
  • 9780142408674
  • 951,915

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[A] strong, quirky story of love and family. (SLJ)
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About Brad Barkley

Brad Barkley is the author of two adult novels ("Money, Love" and "Alison's Automotive Repair Manual") and two story collections, the most recent of which is "Another Perfect Catastrophe." Two of his books have been "Booksense 76" selections. His short stories have appeared in over thirty magazines. He lives in western Maryland where he teaches fiction writing and raises two children, both too smart for their own good.
Heather Hepler grew up in North Texas. She has lived in Reno, on the coast of Maine, in the interior of Alaska, and near Death Valley, but she currently is being held against her will in Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She works as a reviewer for VOYA, "Kirkus Reviews, ""Publisher's Weekly, ""Library Media Connection, " and "The New York Times." Her first novel, "Scrambled Eggs at Midnight" (Dutton) is set for release in May 2006. The second, "The Dream Factory" (Dutton) will be released Spring 2007. Her writing has also appeared in the "Southwest Review" and the "Cincinnati Review."
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2,982 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 32% (958)
4 34% (1,008)
3 24% (718)
2 7% (221)
1 3% (77)

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Calliope is a normal teenage girl. Well, she wants to be. Unfortunately, her chance at a normal life is overshadowed by the reality of her mother's job, which is that of a wench. "My mother is a wench. It says so right on her W-2." Consequently, the opening at the Asheville Renaissance Faire prompts Calliope's mother, Delores, to pack up and move to North Carolina for employment at the largest Renaissance Faire in the country. And, once again, Calliope is uprooted and whisked away on another one of her mother's whims. Eliot also wishes to take a stab at normalcy. He is the son of a religious pioneer, otherwise known as "The Dad", who founded the Sonshine Valley Christian Camp, which is a fat-camp filled with Christ. "The Dad" recently expanded his religious marketing horizon to include books and a television channel dedicated to serving the Lord and losing the weight. Eliot, however, is lost in all of the fanaticism, and reminisces on the memories of his family before his father became obsessed with his work. Then one day Calliope meets Eliot, and they are both fascinated with each other. Their friendship grows and strengthens, and soon their relationship, which both Delores and "The Dad" disapprove of, becomes all-consuming for both parties. But for once, they both feel like what they have is normal. Sadly, their relationship is threatened by many factors, including Delores's hopes to move once again, and "The Dad" being suspicious of Calliope's theological beliefs. Will Calliope and Eliot's determination to stay close persevere in the end? SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT is, for the most part, a light-hearted read. The characters deal with situations somewhat out of the norm, but their personalities and conversations will be easy to relate to for most readers. I recommend this book to readers of all ages, but mostly to teenagers, who will more readily identify themselves with the characters of Calliope and more
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