Indigo Blue

Indigo Blue

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by Cathy Cassidy
     
 

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Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy is a powerful, tender novel for girls aged 9+ 'I need a seriously brilliant daydream . . . because everything is far from OK . . .' When Indigo's mum announces that they're moving - just Indie, Mum and baby Misti - Indie doesn't understand. Why the hurry? Where are they going? Will her best friend, Jo, still be there for her? In a dingy

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Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy is a powerful, tender novel for girls aged 9+ 'I need a seriously brilliant daydream . . . because everything is far from OK . . .' When Indigo's mum announces that they're moving - just Indie, Mum and baby Misti - Indie doesn't understand. Why the hurry? Where are they going? Will her best friend, Jo, still be there for her? In a dingy old flat with a grumpy neighbour, no heating and only biscuits to eat, Indie begins to realize that her mum's got a reason for running away - a secret no one can admit . . . Will Indigo choose her family or her friends? 'Touching, tender and unforgettable' - Guardian 'Cassidy's characters have real heart' - Sunday Telegraph 'Cathy Cassidy . . . is way better than Jacqueline Wilson' - Courtney, aged 10 ***www.cathycassidy.com*** Cathy Cassidy wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight or nine and has been writing fabulous stories ever since. Cathy is the bestselling author of Dizzy, Driftwood, Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake. The Chocolate Box Girls is a sumptuous series starring sassy sisters, super-cool boys and one of Cathy's biggest loves - chocolate. Cathy lives in Scotland with her family and of all the jobs she's had, writing has to be the best - it's the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!

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Children's Literature
Fed up with her abusive boyfriend Max, eleven-year-old Indigo's Mum moves her family into a dirty and gloomy basement flat. Once settled, Mum and Indigo enthusiastically refurbish their apartment. But soon Mum is depressed and neglects herself and her children. Indigo is overwhelmed with concern for her Mum, her schoolwork, caring for her toddler sister Misti, and household chores. Sadly, Indigo keeps her emotions bottled up. Desperate for help, Indigo calls Mum's only friend, Jane. One night Indigo overhears Mum tell Jane that she called Max. Mum makes matters worse when she agrees to see Max again and asks Indigo to baby-sit Misti. Hours later the young girls are awakened by police officers who take them to see their bruised and battered Mum in the hospital. After a three-month hiatus with Indigo's Gran, Indigo's family looks forward to a bright future. In this title, author Cassidy writes about several important issues--domestic violence, depression, family bonds, and friendship. This story has social value because it demonstrates to the young reader that even the most difficult problems can be overcome. 2005, Viking, Ages 10 up.
—Mary Jo Edwards
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Indigo, 11, is a super-responsible kid with a weak, unstable mother. She tries to take care of her toddler sister and to ignore the fights between Mum and her abusive, live-in boyfriend. She attempts to fit in with her more conventional classmates, cope with a strict teacher, and enjoy time with her friend Jo. Life is bearable until Max's bad temper turns physical and Mum flees with the children to a dilapidated basement flat with a dour and suspicious landlady. Things get even more complicated when Jo turns temperamental and tryouts for the school play add a competitive aspect to many of the kids' relationships. For a story filled with problems, this is a surprisingly bright book, with a sympathetic main character and an absorbing plot. The first-person, present-tense narration grounds events with a straightforward immediacy, as does the emphasis on physical details, from nail polish to foods to the smell of mold in the apartment. Yes, Indigo learns to face her feelings rather than hide from them. She also learns the meaning of true friendship. Cassidy seems more committed to telling Indigo's story than hitting readers over the head with a message. A British import with a refreshingly light touch.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Indigo, age 11, hides under the covers and turns the music up, but she can still hear the sounds of her sister Misti crying, her father Max shouting and her mother pleading. Despite Max's apologies, Indigo's mother is determined to leave. While Indigo is at school, she moves them from the cozy house that they called home for three years to a dank and dirty basement apartment across town. Shifting friendships, a lead in the class play and the attention of a cute boy are not enough to distract Indigo from the problems at home. Indigo's mother attempts to make a home for them, but the threat that Max may find them and the pressures of single motherhood are too much for her. As she slides into depression, eventually agreeing to see Max again, Indigo is forced to take care of all of them. Real characters, intelligent dialogue and an energetic plot come together in this engaging story. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141338897
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Pages:
208
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Cathy Cassidy has worked as an editor on Jackie magazine, a teacher and an agony aunt. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two young children and various animals. www.cathycassidy.com

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Indigo Blue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and definetly a page turner! I would recommend this to tweens/preteens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Indigo blue was amazing and touching. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!! And me, i dont like to read but i couldnt put this book down!!!!! *NEED TO READ THIS!!!*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most interesting that i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read half of it and really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cathy Cassidy is my favorote author. I cannot find any of her books, but I want to read more.
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Amaara Ravat More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before and i loved it that time this time i love it even more. I have read other cathy cassidy books like scarlet and dizzy....... all of them are as gid as this one!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and it's one of the best books i think I've ever read. It's full of emotion and it's just great. I think for ages between 11-14 maybe younger.
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Kelly Lutenski More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Kirk Bott More than 1 year ago
love lllovee this book
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I really loved this book! I finished it in less than 24 hrs.! The problem in the story just makes all the more interesting!!! Indigo Blue is an OUTSTANDING read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book I have ever read in my life. Cathy Cassidy does a great job about interesting teen girls attention in every chapter. This is about what alot of teens are interested in and are going through right now and is very very GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have recommended this to 5 people so far and they all have loved it as much as i have! All Cathy Cassidy books are fabulous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Indigo Blue isn't Cathy Cassidy's best compared to Dizzy (if you people who rated Dizzy lower than 2 stars are reading this, this is DA BEST book ever, and i don't see how u could NOT like it) and Scarlett. The story was good, but didn't give me the warm, fuzzy feeling that the romance and charm of Dizzy and Scarlett. I recommend this book for kids ages 10-12. If you're older than that, you might not like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was wonderful. I got it from the library and read it in one day. It shows how you should always trust your insticts and your past expieriences. Higly recomended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Indgio blue is sooooo heart warming