A Solitary Blue

A Solitary Blue

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by Cynthia Voigt
     
 

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A Newbery Honor–winning installment of the Cynthia Voigt’s classic Tillerman series.

Jeff Greene was only seven when he came home from school to find a note from his mother. She felt that the world needed her more than her “grown up” son did. For someone who believed she could see the world’s problems so clearly, she wasSee more details below

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Overview

A Newbery Honor–winning installment of the Cynthia Voigt’s classic Tillerman series.

Jeff Greene was only seven when he came home from school to find a note from his mother. She felt that the world needed her more than her “grown up” son did. For someone who believed she could see the world’s problems so clearly, she was blind to the heartache and difficulties she pushed upon her son, leaving him with his reserved, undemonstrative father.

So when, years later, she invites Jeff to spend summers with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and a happiness he’s been missing fills him. But Jeff's second visit ends with a devastating betrayal and an aching feeling of loneliness. In life, there can be emotional pits so deep that seemingly nothing will grow—but if he digs a little deeper, Jeff might just come out on the other side.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jeff Greene is 7 years old when he is abandoned by his mother and left in the care of his unapproachable, reserved father, whom he calls Professor. He adjusts to a series of male student caregivers ("women are too unreliable," says his father) until he is-too soon-left mostly to care for himself. When his mother unexpectedly re-enters his life the summer before his twelfth birthday, he convinces himself that her warmth and breezy nature is a substitute for love and nurturing. When he returns to visit his mother the following summer, he is able to see both his mother's true selfishness, and his father's steadfast love. From the first heart-wrenching page through the end of Part I, the story is told with an unflinching narrative that explores the heartache of a child too eager to please out of fear that he will be abandoned. His growing sense of security-in spite of disappointment-is a joy to follow. Part II, in which Jeff and his father build a life and a community together, is engaging. We learn of Jeff's relationship with Dicey Tillerman, a young girl who is the subject of Voigt's other books in the series. Perhaps because Part II attempts to weave Jeff's story with the previous two books, the flow of the narrative slows and, at times, confuses. However, the strength of the characters and the honest tone of the story are ultimately compelling. 2003 (orig. 1983), Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, Ages 12 up.
— Barbara Allen Burke
From the Publisher
USA Today Honest, controlled and uncompromising.

New York Times Book Review Beautifully written.

Booklist starred review Richly resonant — perhaps the best Voigt venture yet.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Beautifully knit, a compelling and intelligent novel.

Horn Book A fine achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689847998
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/12/2001
Series:
Tillerman Cycle Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
125,120
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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