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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Together, Barkley (Money, Love, for adults) and Hepler compose a tender, quirky romance starring two teens from unconventional backgrounds. Eliot is living at a combination fat farm/Christian campsite run by his born-again, entrepreneur father ("Get Thin with Christ!" is the camp's theme) when Calliope ("Cal") arrives in town with her jewelry-peddling mother to work at a nearby Medieval "faire." When the two teens cross paths in a bookstore, they are instantly attracted to each other (Cal feels like "a hive of bees has just erupted in my head" when she first meets Eliot, while Eliot is left breathless by Cal's beauty). But it seems inevitable that their romance-which blossoms rather abruptly-will be short-lived or ill-fated. Eliot's father disapproves of the relationship and Cal's mother is getting the itch to move on to another town. However, due to the quiet intervention by two caring adults, Eliot's discontent mother and a kindly restaurant owner who has befriended Cal, Eliot and Cal might just find a way to be together. If the authors' depiction of teen infatuation is somewhat idealized here, the intensity of their emotions comes across as authentic. Readers who wish that Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending will find much gratification in this more uplifting story. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Cal and her mother roam from one place to another and finally light in Asheville, NC, where she meets Eliot. Cal's mother is a wench/jewelry maker at a Renaissance Fair and Eliot's father is a TV preacher who runs a fat camp for Christian kids. Both disenchanted with their situations, Cal and Eliot fall in love, and for the first time, in a long time, feel like they belong somewhere. When Delores, Cal's mother, decides it is time to move on, Cal realizes what she desperately wants in her life—a home and stability. How do you ask that of a mother who never sees beyond herself? This is a compelling story of asking for what you need and love (on a lot of levels). A subplot of Eliot's parents growing apart supports and echoes what Cal and Eliot are experiencing. 2006, Dutton, Ages 10 to 14.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
VOYA - Mary Ann Harlan
A normal girl might not fall in love with a guy who has green lips the first time she sees him. But Cal is not a normal girl. She is guarded, cynical, and achingly lonely-not that different from Eliot, who is lucky that he did not realize that his lips were green when he first spoke to Cal. In a small town, through a series of coincidences that brings them together, Cal and Eliot fall in love. It is not easy, as they have their own issues with parents: Cal's mother is a "wench, it says so on her W-2," who cannot stay in one place, and Eliot's father is immersed in running a fat camp for God and writing books such as What Would Jesus Eat. Essentially the two characters are used to being alone, or at least isolated, until they meet each other. It is a surprising book with beautiful imagery. Eliot's obsession with fireworks gives voice to a descriptive style of using colors to illustrate moments. Cal's loneliness gives her voice an aching, wanting tone. Eliot's mother and Abel, who takes Cal under his wing, are fully realized adult characters, not two-dimensional antagonists, although the other two adults can be cliched. There is the tendency toward a more adult voice in the teen characters, yet both are intelligent teens surround by adults, the type of teens likely to develop that preternatural maturity. The book is, overall, a wonderful read.
VOYA - Molly Gregerson
When I first started reading this book, I didn't really connect with Eliot's story. Within a couple of chapters, I started to enjoy Eliot's story as well as Cal's. I loved seeing Eliot's mother coming out of her shell to bond with Eliot and Cal. I also liked the pseudo-father-daughter relationship Cal formed with Abel.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Calliope once lived happily with her artist parents. Then her mother decided to find herself, and now she and her daughter pack up and go at a moment's notice, following Renaissance Faires around the country. Eliot once lived with his normal family on the Carolina coast where they were all very happy. Then his father found God and dragged them to the woods to start a Fat Camp based on the motto, "What Would Jesus Eat?" In alternating chapters, readers follow Cal and Eliot as they struggle with growing up, finding themselves, and finding one another. While each narrator has a clear and unique voice, the two work together in perfect harmony. Supporting characters-all adults-are well developed and distinctive. Reluctant teen readers may be drawn to this title by the bubble-gum-cutesy cover, but they will be hooked by the strong, quirky story of love and family.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Through Calliope (aka Cal) and Eliot's alternating, distinct and believable teen voices, Barkley and Hepler present a heartwarming glimpse into a summer romance. Before meeting, life for Cal and Eliot has been far from normal. For Cal, life has meant moving every few months when her mother gets the urge and for Eliot, life has centered on his evangelical father's Sonshine Valley Christian Camp. However, despite their different backgrounds and parents' wishes, Cal and Eliot share a summer of laughter and stolen romantic moments. At times, their relationship teeters toward sappiness, but is tempered by both teens' maturity and their growing independence from the lives carved for them by their parents. A satisfying read made richer by the better writing than that offered in most teen romances. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408674
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Great Book

    If you love books about teen love and aggravating parents, who make things a bit un-normal then this book is probably for you! The book has its own uniqueness about it because in each chapter, it goes back and forth with the two main characters, Calliope, or Cal, and a boy named Elliot. They both come from completely different backgrounds. Cal¿s mother acts like a child most of the time and is always running away from her problems, literally. They are always moving from place to place and Cal has had enough of it. They now have moved to Asheville, North Carolina and are staying at a renaissance Faire Camp ground. Elliot, on the other hand, lives in Asheville, North Carolina as well and misses the happy times he cherished with his father who decided to open up a fat camp who is looking to find Jesus. When these two people meet, it is like love at first sight, but when their friendship becomes a strong relationship, they have to do whatever it takes to stay together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    I'm really disappointed that there isn't an e-book format for th

    I'm really disappointed that there isn't an e-book format for this. It's the only book of their's I haven't had the chance to read yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    GREATEST EVER!

    When I first picked it up I thought t was going to be a quick read for the sake of reading. I lost it about two chapters in but didn't mourn it too much. magically i found it about 6 months later and started it again. I realized i feel in love with it. As i read it more and more it quickly became my favorite book. no one had ever heard of it and now i am doing my part to spread the word! READ IT! Even people who don't go for love stories will love it!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Great!

    At first this book was kinda boring but it got sooooo much better! It is really lovely, people will wish for a love story like Cal's and Eliot's!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

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    Breakfast for Two?

    Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is an amazing book. This book is about, romance, finding a home, and finding out who you are.
    Cal moves to North Carolina with Her mom Delores--her twenty-forth move! She and her mom don't have enough money to keep renting out an apartment let alone buy a house. But when she meets a cute boy and a friendly barbecuer, things begin to change...

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Amazing!

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I've reread this book at least 20 times. I loved the characters. They seemed very real, and anyone in a serious summer romance can relate to this book. These authors are amazing together. Great easy read if you read a lot. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Wow!

    This book is my favorite book, no doubt. It had the weirdest title and cover I just had to read it. It was totally worth it, too. The book is just something that probably doesn't happen but it is possible and that's what makes it so awesome. I mean, I would love to be the girl, aside from the family problems and her past, everything just came together. I would recommend this to any girl (or guy) because it has both perspectives which makes it more intense. Check it out:)

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    =D

    absolutely amazing! i was laughing outloud while i was reading it in class and well i got a couple of odd stares but ya no it was totally worth it. the characters r quirky and witty and amazingly awesome! there so cute together and AH its just awesome i can hardly even describe it, i love this book soooo much i couldnt put it down, when i had to stop like in skool and stuff my leg was shaking so bad i just really wanted to read it aha, maybe im just insane but its totally awesome, wow i sound redundant. but ya i would totally definatly and completely reccomend it to everyone or anything living =D

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Don't read it!

    Unless you enjoy hearing about ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL, don't read this book. Nothing happens. There's no plot. It's just really confusing because the narrator keeps changing. I didn't like this at all. Maybe it's just me, though. Either way, I'm not reccomending this to any of MY friends.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    love this book

    i absolutly loved this book. Its cute and funny and quite witty also. Highly recommend it!!

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    So Sweet

    Quirky little romance, really sweet. This book is nowhere near as popular as it should be. I love it; it's so good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    AMAZING!

    this book was so good finished it in 7 hours sooooo goood i loved it the begining was a little boring but it gets sooo good if you love stories this is a really great great one and cute and quirky loved it read it it was amazing glad i picked it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2009

    Scrambled Eggs at Midnight!!

    Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler is about a girl named Cal whose mother acts like a child most times. Her mother is a wench and they live at a Renaissance Camp. Cal hates moving and wants to make some changes. This is hard thought especially when her mom meets a new boyfriend. Eliot is having a problem with his obsessed heath and preacher father. His family is being torn apart, and just wants it to go back to normal. When Eliot and Cal meet their worlds collide, and it changes both of their lives. <BR/><BR/> I thought this was a very good book. It was filled with a lot of drama, and that¿s what makes the book interesting. I think this is definitely a girl¿s book. It changes from each characters point of view, and I think that was one of the reasons I wanted to keep reading it. Teenagers can probably relate to most of the conversations in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little love story and some drama!

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Emylee for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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? <BR/><BR/>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 Eliot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    AWESOME!!

    I only have to say that i love it, and i would recomend it to any teenager girl (or even a boy).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Very Good

    I had to find some books to read over the summer, other than library books. I decided just to buy Scrambled Eggs At Midnight because it was on sale. Oh, and it got reviews. Just to say, I wasn¿t too excited about it. But I was wrong. I started reading it and fell in love with the characters. Calliope struggles with her mother¿s confusing lifestyle, and just wants to settle in one place. Eliot, a bit of a rebel is tired of his dad directing his every move. Can¿t a kid just have a life? And then Calliope and Eliot meet, both of them living close by. It¿s almost true love at first sight. There¿s where the book lost a star. I would¿ve liked to have seen a little bit of a struggle in their relationship, but that does come around. I mean, their true lovers after the first time they talk. Whatever. But the book makes up for that. Having a male and female writer is brilliant. You can tell they have very different writing styles, one more of a joker than the other (the male). The book moves along smoothly, despite the two different writers. You can always expect Eliot to crack a joke while Calliope is more serious and subtle. What I love about this book is that both of the characters are passionate. You can tell there love is true and that it isn¿t just a fling. (I still wish they had to actually build to that than falling into it.) I think that the challenges the characters have are real (though the everyday kid won¿t experience them) and the writers create a loveable book. Very nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Soo Good!

    If you ever find yourself falling for fictional characters. you will definantly fall for Eliot. It was so sweet and cute. Every girl should get the chance to read this romantic book, and meet Eliot! I LOVE Eliot!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    it wasss gooood

    i liked this book soo cute i loved the romance between calliope or cal and eliot its just soo cute the only reason i didnt like it was that it kinda drags on but other than that its awsome!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Made me laugh out loud!

    Between the traveling Mother/Daughter duo and Eliot's plight to go against 'The Dad', this book is fun, quirky, and a very endearing love story. It has some great lines and just makes you smile the whole way. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Awsome book!!

    At first, i was not sure if i would like this book,but as i started to read it i just couldn't put it down. This book is a must read:)

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