Calli Be Gold

Calli Be Gold

by Michele Weber Hurwitz


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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375865282
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,205,585
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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

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Calli Be Gold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LibraryMaryA More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Calli Gold's parents want her to be happy and successful at something. Calli is the youngest of three children named in ABC order. Alex, Becca, Calli. 1-2-3. Older brother Alex is a high school basketball star, middle sister Becca is very busy with her synchronized skate team practices. The whole family seems possessed by the noise, action, and schedules for these events. But Calli hasn't yet found a "thing" that she can do to be a success, to "be gold," as her father likes to say. She really enjoys just walking and thinking, and being herself. Does she have to DO something to BE somebody? It seems that's what her parents expect. They keep signing her up for things, hoping she'll find something. This present-day story takes place in the Gold's home, car, sidelines of sporting events and in the school where Calli is in 5th grade. When Calli meets second grader Noah Zullo he is hiding from the world and having a really hard time adjusting to school. Calli becomes Noah's Peer Helper in the school's program. Her uncertainty about how to help Noah is refreshing and realistic. I think middle grade readers will be able to relate to Calli's quiet, thoughtful, and very likeable character. I liked Calli Be Gold. It would be an especially good summer reading book for kids Calli's age: 5th graders building their confidence and getting ready for middle school.
Robin Bissett More than 1 year ago
Za best!! Love this book!
Claire Kallen More than 1 year ago
Amazing, capturing, great Enjoyed it
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Emma Albin More than 1 year ago
I luv it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good morning sexiness! Logan