The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
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A stunning adaptation for schools by the Children’s Laureate Anne Fine, of her much-loved children’s novel. Why is Tulip always in trouble? And why does Natalie find Tulip’s dangerous games so fascinating. A powerful story about troubled teenagers and their relationship to the adult world.

The Tulip Touch is suitable for class work, drama lessons and school productions. The resource material includes advice on staging the play, ideas for improvisation arising from the script, poems and extracts from fictional and non-fictional writing. The issues of parenthood, families, growing up and peer pressure are explored through drama, discussion and written work.


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Anne Fine was the second Children's Laureate in Britain between 2001 and 2003. She is a two time winner of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most coveted children's literature award, and has also won the Guardian Children's Literature Award, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize. She also won the Publishing News Children's Author of the Year Award in 1990 and again in 1993. In 2010 she won the inaugural Good Writing Award. Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch, Goggle-Eyes, which was adapted for television by the BBC and The Devil Walks. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. She also writes critically acclaimed adult novels as well. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and has over forty books to her credit.
Published January 1, 1996 by Hamish Hamilton. 184 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, War, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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In Fine's view, Tulip is to be pitied as much as feared, for her twisted, uncontrolled nature has been molded by an abusive father--but all of the adults in the story come in for a share of the blame, too, aware of Tulip's situation but, beyond handwringing, allowing it to continue.

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Natalie and her parents know that Tulip, who lives on the impoverished farm next door, is a compulsive liar. Still, they are spellbound by the odd, imaginative details of her stories (the Tulip touc

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This exceptionally insightful tale offers a fascinating study of a much-victimized child striking out at the world, said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (June)

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As Tulip's games grow nastier and more intense (her ideas of fun include badgering strangers and setting fires), Natalie comes to her ""full senses"" and makes a break, suddenly realizing that although it may be too late to change Tulip's life, there is till time to save her own.

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