by Alice Hoffman
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Indigo by Alice Hoffman

Three friends in search of a place to belong find that home is truly where the heart is in this new tale of enchantment from best-selling master storyteller Alice Hoffman.

13 year-old Martha Glimmer is convinced this is the worst time of her life. Her mother died, she grew 7 inches, and she has to put up with a woman who plys Martha's lonely father with food and opinions about how 13 year-old girls should behave. Martha longs to leave Oak Grove and travel. Martha's best friend Trevor and his brother Eli also want to leave Oak Grove. Nicknamed Trout and Eel because of the thin webbing between their fingers and toes, they long to see the ocean. Together, Martha, Trout, and Eel are going to find the true meaning of home -- in very unexpected places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439256360
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 476,619
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the highly acclaimed author of over twenty novels for readers of all ages, including Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, most recently, The Story Sisters and The Red Garden. Her previous novels for Scholastic Press are Aquamarine, which was made into a major motion picture, Indigo, and Green Angel, which Publishers Weekly, in a boxed, starred review, called "achingly lovely." She lives with her family outside of Boston. Visit her at


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

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Indigo 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main characters in Indigo are Martha Glimmer and her two best friends named Trevor and Eli McGrill. The conflict is that they are trying to get away from Oak Grove because they hate it there and the McGrill boys want to find their mother that they haven¿t seen since they were babies. But they don¿t know she died in a storm in Ocean City a few years ago. Another conflict in Indigo is when Martha, Trevor, and Eli leave Oak Grove they find out that a storm is coming and hurry back to save the town. When they get to Oak Grove half of the town was filled with water and everyone was on top of their roofs. They had to save Oak Grove from being under water all the way. The resolution is that Trevor and Eli were like fish because their mom was a mermaid and they could swim fast and can breath under water. The town¿s people put up a wall to keep out the water if there was ever another flood but they were wrong they just made it worse putting up the wall. So the boys went to the wall and started wrestling with the biggest rock under the wall, then the wall tipped over and all the water was slowly draining out like a bathtub. The moral of the book is that when something bad happens something can end up good, just like before the flood when Martha hated a woman that came over every day to help them after her mom died. Then after the flood the woman never came back, she went on top of the hill and never came back to Oak Grove.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm writing a review on the short 84 page book Indigo by Alice Hoffman. I believe that Indidgo is a very good book, I would recommend it for people who like the immagination and for a younger reader. I also believe that Indigo has alot to teach children about family and how people stick together even when bad times come. Indigo is a story about mermaids and humans, combined. I believe it is a very east read but it is a little bit far fetched and I think for the 8-13 year old group of kids it would be an outstanding match. Thank You
GeorgiaPorgia More than 1 year ago
I know I've put four stars for my star rating, but I would rather give 3 and 1/2 ones. It was, yes, a little predictable, but I liked this book because it reminds me of the ocean and because many can relate to feeling strange, like a deformed puzzle piece. Trout, Eel, and Martha all feel strange and out of place in their tiny inland town. I would recommend this to all ages- there's nothing bad for kids in this book.
charliana More than 1 year ago
In this book, Indigo, Hoffman writes very well. This book has a heartwarming story, its funny,thrilling,absorbing, and so much more. This book is one of Hoffman's best!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. It is predictable and low-level (not to mention uninteresting). One with a brain can easily decipher the whole book by the first three pages. 'He had flippers for feet and drank salt water and everyone called him Trout.' are just a few of the many obvious give-aways of the whole thing. Anyone that knows, oh I dont know... what a fish looks like, would most likely question 'Gee, People don't have flippers or drink salt water or have gills... could they possibly be... fish?' Dont waste your hard-earned money on this garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was really great i loved it. i would let any one borrow it to read it i loved green angle and aquamarine also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a very good book. I read it for my my booklcub meeting and loved it. I also read Aquamarine and found that very interesting to. I hope that there will be sequiles
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is very interesting and I can really cop with Martha,to feel so alone. This book reminds me of myself,always wanting to go to the beach,exploring,never giving up. I love this book and hope some day I find a friend like Trout. If I could say one bad thing about the book it would be.......Nothing.I love this book and hope I get to read other books by Alice Hoffman
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book ws really nice. It really gets you thinking. it's kind of sad. but it's really nice. I reccomend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It Is Such a Good Book, It Truly Enchanted Me!!! YOU MUST GET THIS IT IS SO GREAT!!!! I Mean,They Are 'Humans' That Got Rescued From The Sea, And Then They Find Themselves To Be Water Sprites!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the book indigo was good but the book wasn't that long at all. It was very interseting! I would recomend it to someone that like's action books. It kinda get¿s broning at the end but in the beginning it is very interesting it talk¿s alot about he boys lives. It¿s kinda a sad book also too because of how the boys and there friend runaway and the boys friend martha mom died when she was only like 4 years old. But like i said the biik was like action kinda type toward the end. Because the two boys are trying to save pople in the rain storm. The book is about 2 main book is about the 2 boys and they runaway because there parents mess up there room and they get very mad so they runaway with there friend martha. Martha wanted to runaway in the first place because she was so upset about how mom dieing she¿s had to live with it her whole life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not very much to this book. The story has few surprises and you can see everything coming at you like a semitruck. Trevor and Eli (trout and eel as nicknames) yearn to see the sea. Martha Glimmer, a friend, helps them. The journey they go on after the decision is a yawn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It had a good storyline but it was both rushed and predictable. Things needed to be spanned out and more in depth. And they just moved away leaving her behind? Come on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very short, and I believe Alice could have written a longer novel and interested more children. It was not very detailed and everything whiped by you, so you never knews what just heppened. Every character was 2 dementional and some even less. NO one had any feeling, and it felt more like an outline then a full book. There were so many missing parts, and question in the end. I would have enjoyed this book much more if it had been longer, but the plot was okay, but not great, recieving only 3 stars.