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Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com
posted by TeensReadToo on September 2, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2012
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.
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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2010
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