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3.00158102766798 out of 53.00158102766798 out of 53.00158102766798 out of 53.00158102766798 out of 53.00158102766798 out of 5 3.00 (1,265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Urban Narrator: Catherine Taber Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307942449
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Do not let a mop sit overnight in water. Fix things before they get too big for fixing. Custodial wisdom: Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again. But if she can be Uncle Potluck’s apprentice, she’ll have important work to do during lunch and recess. Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders. But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie’s plan comes crashing down. And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/20/2014

    " A slim, introspective look at being shy and coping with many moves and bullying. I liked the use of custodial wisdom as metaphor for life wisdom. It was a pleasure to spend time with the strong but gentle Mattie Breen and her colorful family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Clark | 2/17/2014

    " A character that you sympathize with, that you feel for, that you want to hug and encourage. A good story that tugs at your heart and leaves you smiling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 2/11/2014

    " This is no "Crooked Kind of Perfect," but it still has a lot of charm and appeal. The characters of Mattie and Uncle Potluck are quirky, but still downhome and true. And I think it says something good about the book when we watch our talented heroine yearn to be a custodial assistant and we go right along rooting for her. Linda Urban has a simple, poetic way of writing, and I look foward to reading more of her stories in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2014

    " A sweet book about being shy, friendship, and learning to find your voice. I love the relationships in this book. I love the portrayal of adults they are both cool and thoughtful, but also clueless and with foibles. All characters have something going on with them that make them human. Kudos for having a parent who is fallible but not necessarily a complete disaster. There can be family dramas without it having to be that the parents are completely horrid alcoholics who beat their kids. Excellent choice for 2-4 grades "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/4/2014

    " Enjoyed a slower re-read of Mattie's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/4/2014

    " Wowee. I loved it. Love love loved it. The way Linda Urban is able to make us feel Mattie's painful shyness and understand the way she thinks. The touches like Mama's piccolo fingers or Quincy "plunking" her words. That last line. So good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Hankins | 12/23/2013

    " Special characters like Mattie Breen come around now and then. . .please take some reading time to get to know her. She writes stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/8/2013

    " Hauntingly sweet. Hits close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/28/2013

    " I really like this author. This book reminds me of Becoming Naomi Leon. it's about tweens overcoming fears and finding their own voice and strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/11/2013

    " The light sketches of characters made me want more detail and indepth storytelling. but I loved what was there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Gelson | 10/8/2013

    " A little book with a lot to say about being shy and trying to navigate the world of new school, friendship and being who you are. Love the character of Uncle Potluck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 9/12/2013

    " I quickly developed an appreciation for Uncle Potluck - wise, funny, gentle...I would also have preferred working as a custodial apprentice to school had I been working for him. I liked that Mattie Mae felt capable and competent around him, that he allowed her to be capable and competent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 7/5/2013

    " A warm and delightful story. Linda Urban does a wonderful job of creating characters, especially quirky ones. I think Uncle Potluck deserves his own book! She also has a knack for capturing the feelings and worries of children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Cariker | 5/1/2013

    " A great read aloud. Perfect for an elementary age girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/29/2012

    " Good book...author's second novel. Both of her books give a realistic picture of some of the awkwardness of making and keeping friends. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayden | 11/12/2012

    " A very sweet, gentle middle grade book about a shy little girl. I think if I'd had this book when I was 10 it would have been a revelation--I remember thinking often that everyone else seemed to have gotten a how-to book for life. Mattie seems to feel the same way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/9/2012

    " Maybe my mind wasn't where it needed to be to enjoy this book. I'll have to reread it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/6/2012

    " This is a good book. I think that many children can relate to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 9/20/2012

    " This sweet, simple book made me want to climb up on the rock with Mattie. I wish it were longer so I could live in her world a bit more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 9/7/2012

    " I loved the character development of Mattie as she began to take personal risks. A little gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/26/2012

    " This one struck a chord, and struck me silent, I guess. I never reviewed it. But I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 11/16/2011

    " Beautifully written and such a sweet little girl as a main character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/6/2011

    " A fan of "A Crooked Kind of Perfect" this is another sweet, honest about reaching out and learning about yourself and others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbiea | 11/6/2011

    " Cute story, enjoyed the custodian job celebration through the story. Interesting character development and discovery over how to communicate and make friends as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/13/2011

    " A sweet little story. Quite touching in parts. Best if can be read in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.s. | 10/12/2011

    " cute but lacking enough artistry to be a true Newbery contender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 10/11/2011

    " I had a bittersweet feeling when the book ended- sad that it was done, but happy that I had just read such a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayden | 9/25/2011

    " A very sweet, gentle middle grade book about a shy little girl. I think if I'd had this book when I was 10 it would have been a revelation--I remember thinking often that everyone else seemed to have gotten a how-to book for life. Mattie seems to feel the same way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colby | 9/20/2011

    " I had a hard time focusing at first, but in the end I really the book. Thought the ending was about as good as it gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 9/17/2011

    " I loved the characters and the language in this book. It will definitely speak to kids who are shy about letting their hound dog truths show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/15/2011

    " A good book to recommend to all the shy girls. "

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About the Author
Author Linda UrbanLinda Urban grew up in Michigan with dreams of fame. Ballerina. Television star. Musician. She played the violin for a year, then begged her parents for a piano. Instead, her dad bought an organ at the mall. Although she has never competed in a Perform-O-Rama, she can still play the right-hand parts of “Up, Up and Away.” A former bookseller in California, Ms. Urban now lives in Vermont with her family. A Crooked Kind of Perfect is her first novel. Visit www.lindaurbanbooks.com.