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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

The residents of a small island community off the coast of Maine have been told their island school is in danger of being closed by the state. The news has some of those residents taking action. Here's the plan - a few families have agreed to take foster children into t...
The residents of a small island community off the coast of Maine have been told their island school is in danger of being closed by the state. The news has some of those residents taking action. Here's the plan - a few families have agreed to take foster children into their homes, hoping that the added students are enough to save their school. Tess Brooks has reason to be doubly excited about the arrival of thirteen-year-old Aaron. First of all, her mother is the one and only teacher at their small school, and closing the school would mean her losing her job. If that happens, Tess knows her family would be forced to move from the island to the mainland so her mother could get a new job. All Tess has ever known is island life. Moving would mean leaving the best place on Earth. The other reason Tess has to be excited is that Aaron's arrival means she will have a big brother. He may be only two years older, but Tess is used to being the oldest and she thinks it would be nice to have someone else as a companion besides her usually annoying little sister. What Tess is not expecting is that Aaron might not love the island like she does. He is polite enough, but he's mostly moody and quiet and not even interested in exploring his new home. Aaron spends his time in his attic room playing his trumpet. It takes all of Tess's skill and patience to convince him to join her in enjoying the summer on the island. As Aaron comes out of his shell, Tess discovers his secrets and concerns and vows to help him solve his biggest problem. Cynthia Lord's new book, TOUCH BLUE, is the emotional story of a group of well-meaning people and how they touch the life of one lonesome, confused boy. Readers will enjoy Lord's humor as well as her colorful descriptions of the picturesque little island and its interesting mix of inhabitants. I also enjoyed that each chapter begins with one of the superstitions Tess religiously believes help to guide her through life.

posted by TeensReadToo on September 2, 2010

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Love this book

I love this book

posted by Anonymous on January 6, 2013

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Must Read!!

    I never read Cynthia Lord's first book, Rules, but after reading TouchBlue I will definitely now! Tess is an appealing character, she is very suspicious about about good and bad luck. She keeps all her good luck charms in her pocket and rubs different ones for luck. She had to rub for good luck alot once her new foster brother Aaron arrived on the Island to save the Island school from shutting down due to the lack of students that attend the school. Aaron just wants to belong and be in his own family, but after his mom's mishapes and grandmother's death, he is now living with his third family on an Island in Maine. The story kept me wanting to read on to see how everything works out for Tess, Aaron, and the Island. I thought it was very interesting how the chapter names were actually quotes in the chapter. Lord gave a glimpse of what was in the chapter.I enjoyed reading it and I think that a fourth or fifth grader would appreciate the story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Touchblue is a very heartfelt story about a little island town o

    Touchblue is a very heartfelt story about a little island town off the coast of Maine. They are a one school island and ever since a family with five children moved to the mainland, there is a threat of their school having to close down. Should this happen, many other families would now have to move to the mainland as well. In order to stop this from happening, the local Reverend has come up with a solution! He asked five respectable families to foster a child each. By doing this they are helping out their community to save their school and a child in need of a good home.The story is told from the main character's, Tess, point of view. Tess is about 11 and is pretty naïve when it comes to the real world and change. As Tess's family fosters a young boy named Aaron, 13, she learns that not all of the world is as pretty and wonderful as her little island. I wish it told the story from Aaron's point of view occasionally because he is such a troubled/deep character but the author does a good job of hinting and having Aaron speak his mind that you know what's going on in his head.I have to be honest and say that although I did like the book, I did not love the book. It had a wonderful message about real life, family, and home and how they are not always what you see in a Norman Rockwell picture but I think I just wanted more. I would have loved to see Tess' character show more development throughout the book while she was trying to get Aaron to want to stay with them by showing him how wonderful their life was. It eventually happened in the end but I would have liked it gradually throughout. All in all it is a good book, a very easy read and would be great for children ages 8-12!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Touch Blue

    It was really good. When i first saw it I didn't think it would be very good. I don't really like reading books like this I'm more into fantasy so it did not look interesting. Normally I wouldn't have read it, my little brother got it from his teacher and didn't even bother to see what it was about. He did not want it so I decided since I was bored I would read it. It was made for younger kids and was a pretty slim book for my standards so I figured it would last me a couple of hours, maximum. I started reading prepared to be bored to sleep by the second page. I got through the whole book and kept looking back to my favorite parts. I haven't read it in the longest time, but I still remember it and I still have it. I love Tess. They are all such great characters and I think Tess learned a good lesson. I love this book.

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    Posted August 29, 2010

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