Saturday, October 09, 2010

Touch Blue (MG)

Touch Blue. Cynthia Lord. 2010. August 2010. Scholastic. 192 pages.

"The ferry's coming!" High on the cliffs, my five-year-old sister, Libby, jumps foot to foot. "Come on, Tess! Mom says we can run down to meet it!"

To save their island school from closing, there is nothing the community of Bethsaida won't try--which is why five foster children are being welcomed into the neighborhood. Aaron is one of them. He'll be the big brother to Tess and Libby. If he stays. As much as Tess wants him to stay--so that she can stay, so that she won't have to move to the mainland, so she won't have to go to a new school--she's heard her father say time and time again that island life isn't for everyone. And Aaron--with his bright red hair and pale white skin--doesn't look like he'll be a good match. Tess wants to be friends with him. At least on friendly terms with him. But Aaron seems hesitant to reach out to anyone, to trust anyone. Can Tess and Aaron find common ground? What can these two learn from one another?

I loved this one. I loved it! Cynthia Lord has created such great characters! I enjoyed Tess very much. And Aaron. I liked the whole community really. I enjoyed spending time reading this one.

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Jan von Harz 6:22 PM  

And yet another great review!

Hour 11

Your stamina is dazzling.
Your fortitude hot stuff.
You are a mighty Reader, and you’re tough, tough, tough.

Hope you are enjoying the read-a-thon.

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