Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

by Brad Barkley, Heather Hepler

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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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ISBN-13: 9780142408674
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 05/17/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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

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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 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.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this unique love story of these two "outcast" teens (and not even the stereotypical outcasts, which makes it even better, they're more like...Stargirl outcasts). There's nothing here I've been in a YA book before, and the uniqueness of it all is magical. Jesus fat camp boy and daughter of a Renaissance Faire wench=a perfect couple, who would have thought, right? The dialogue is great, it's both fresh and realistic, it really reminded me of Juno, without the fakeness, you know? It's actual stuff you can imagine people saying, but it's still so POWERFUL, I must have half the book dog-eared with quotes =P So many good philosophical musings from both Eliot and Cal! Love their thoughts and how authentic they feel (with that one exception of the quote implying that they are too young to be nostalgic, that was the giveaway that this wasn't actually written from the POV of teens XD) But anyways, the writing is great, the characters are amazing, it all comes together to form the perfect story.**SPOILERS**The ending was definitely a surprise for me, didn't see that coming at all. Very twisted, felt somewhat rushed, but still a great read. I hated that last-minute cliffhangery thing, where you're just like, oh no! She's going to leave, she's going to leave and there's probably only a chapter left and this is going to end soon, nooo! So, it's quite a relief when that doesn't happen, but at the same time, wish there'd been more time to dedicate to expanding that part of the story. Glad the Jesus Fat Camp closed down, that was just...eerie. Everything really turned out for the best, and I couldn't have wished for a better ending :)
shifrack00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chick lit. Light reading, happy ending. I enjoyed. I've seen better with two narrators, but not bad.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though at times bittersweet, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is really a perfect piece of comfort food. Cal and Eliot have lives that, for lack of a better word, suck. Their paths collide and their lives are temporarily changed for the better. Instead of being alone, they have each other, but Cal's mother wants them to move and the piece and happiness she's known is about to shatter. Barkley (Eliot) and Hepler (Cal) seamlessly blend writing styles to create an enjoyable, sweet and often very funny YA novel.
angelhair45 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿My mother is a wench. It says so on her w-2¿ and so starts this quirky novel. Calliope and her mother are on the move a lot. Her mom makes jewelry which she sells at Renaissance Faires along with serving as a wench. They have a very strained relationship, to say the least. Cal¿s mom, Delores, has the tendency to run from things. She packed Cal up a few years back, taking her from her loving father and stable home life. Cal has been taking care of Delores ever since.Eliot lives with his mom and dad outside of Asheville, NC. They run a ¿Christian¿ weight-loss camp. ¿The Dad,¿ as Eliot calls him, broke his back years ago and from that experience he turned to Jesus. Eliot and his mom have been basically unhappy ever since. Their family life has deteriorated. The fun care free times are gone. His dad has cashed in on Christianity and now everything is about making more money.When Cal and her mom move to the Asheville area for a Renaissance Faire, Eliot and Cal meet and they connect immediately. Their love story is very sweet. They help one another through the turmoil of being a teenager in an adult controlled world. One aspect that I thought was interesting, without giving too much away, was it showed how in many situations parents create the illusion that their children have some say in important life matters, when in actuality the parents have already made up their minds and have no intention of hearing what their children have to say. I think it¿s interesting and wonder why a lot of us parents don¿t listen to our children more often. I really enjoyed the narration from the point of view of both Calliope and Eliot. Each chapter switches from one character to the other and it makes for good reading.I think a lot of teens would enjoy this book and I give it 3.75 out of 5 stars.
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. I loved this book. I found myself having scrambled eggs at midnight while reading the book. Something about the title made me hungary.
DuffieJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Scrambled Eggs At Midnight" was co-written by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler and published in 2006. The book, a modern romance, tells the story of Calliope (Cal) and Eliot's love over the course of an entire summer. They, of course, face various obstacles, namely in the way of parents, but their love ultimately triumphs. Chapters alternate between Cal and Eliot's perspectives (each one is told in first person) so that both takes are available to the reader. Barkley and Hepler use this to great effect, as it allows the reader to fully grasp the complications and perspectives of the two teens. Overall, this book has convincing "voices" and both characters seem believeable, even though their individual sitations are far from typical. This book was a SC Young Adult Book nominee for 2008 -2009.
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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