Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Touch Blue

Have you read anything by Cynthia Lord? She received a Newberry Honor for her book Rules, the story of a girl who is growing up alongside an autistic brother.  Without going into details about Rules, I will say that when I read it, I was very impressed by how well Cynthia Lord wrote about the mental workings and sort of inner turmoil of the main character.  You know, that whole battle of the pre-teen mind between what choice is cool and what choice is right, and what choice will actually make you the most happy?

In Touch Blue, we have a very different subject matter, but that whole feeling I described above, that's in this book too, which is just perfect for the target audience (which I would say is end of elementary, beginning of middle school.)
So, the story is set on a small island off the coast of Maine.  The number of full time residents is beginning to dwindle and the state of Maine has threatened to close the school on the island.  In order to prevent this, the community members decide to rapidly increase their population by placing as many foster children as possible with families on the island.

We see the story through the eyes of Tess.  Interestingly enough, she is not the foster child, but the oldest daughter in one of families who will get a foster child.  I think this is a very important component of the book.  There are lots of great books written from the perspective of foster kids and orphans, and by no means are those to be discounted.  I just think readers can relate to and learn a lot from the ideas, and hopes, and even pre-conceived notions that Tess works through in the book. 

As soon as I received the book, Lilac asked to read it,  and though I think she's a touch on the young side right now, I'll definitely let her read it in the future.  I expect that Tess will be the character she relates to the most (oldest daughter, two-parent home, feels mature beyond her years) and I think that connection will be a good foundation for growing and understanding, and hopefully keeping her open-minded and accepting as she meets people from different walks of life.
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