Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

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The before-and-after structure ultimately undercuts suspense, as the narrative loses momentum, and readers become weary of waiting for Blue to arrive at answers they’ve long known.
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All dead. No one survived. All dead. This morbid chant haunts seventeen-year-old Blue as she trudges through the countryside with just the clothes on her back, heading to her childhood home on the ocean. Something absolutely awful has happened, she knows it, but she doesn’t know what. She can’t even remember her name, so she calls herself Blue. This gripping survival story—peppered with flashbacks to bittersweet times with her boyfriend, Jake—strips life down to its bare bones. Blue learns, with the help of a seemingly magical stray dog and kind people along the road, that the important thing is to live.
 

About Lisa Jahn-Clough

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Lisa Clough has written books novels and picture books, but this is her first foray into the world of early readers. Her work has won awards from Child Magazine, Parent's Choice, Bank Street, Raising Readers, and Entertainment Weekly. She spends her summers in Portland, Maine, and her winters in southern New Jersey where she's an assistant professor at Rowan University. For more about her, visit her website at www.lisajahnclough.com. Ed Briant has published for Flux Llewelyn, Roaring Book, Greenwillow Press, and Atheneum. His first book, Paper Parade, was named a PW Flying Start. He is also the author/illustrator of the weekly comic "Tales from the Slushpile", published online with Publishers Weekly Childrens Bookshelf since 2005. He is currently a professor of illustration at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware. In the summer he lives in Portland, Maine, and in the fall he's in southern New Jersey. This is his first collaborative work with his wife, Lisa Clough. Find out more about Ed at www.ebriant.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 227 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction
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Below average
on Mar 13 2013

The before-and-after structure ultimately undercuts suspense, as the narrative loses momentum, and readers become weary of waiting for Blue to arrive at answers they’ve long known.

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