A Solitary Blue

A Solitary Blue

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by Cynthia Voigt
     
 

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Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year.

But Jeff's

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Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year.

But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff's pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss and of family and friendship -- and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself.

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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:
9780812442144
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Tillerman Cycle Series, #3
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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