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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

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by Brad Barkley, Heather Hepler

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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


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.

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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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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

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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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
ashalay More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!!!!!!
Storm1996 More than 1 year ago
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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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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hopelovepeace792 More than 1 year ago
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.
hellojulia More than 1 year ago
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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zeitunia More than 1 year ago
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
muse_rocker More than 1 year ago
i absolutly loved this book. Its cute and funny and quite witty also. Highly recommend it!!
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