Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

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An exquisite second novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES! TOUCH BLUE, sure as certain, will touch your heart.

The state of Maine plans to shut down her island's schoolhouse, which would force Tess's family to move to the mainland--and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own--and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess's wish come true or will her luck run out?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord offers a warm-hearted, humorous, and thoughtful look at what it means to belong--and how lucky we feel when we do. Touch Blue, sure as certain, will touch your heart.

About Cynthia Lord

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Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor book (among its many distinctions), as well as the critically acclaimed TOUCH BLUE, released August, 2010. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at
Published November 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 194 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the Hamiltons and their five children moved off Bethsaida Island, the state of Maine said the school had too few children to make it viable and gave the residents until summer to come up with a solution.

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An urban foster kid adapts to life on a small Maine island in this terrific new middle-grade novel.

Jul 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Touch Blue

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At a celebrity authors event held at a private estate near the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and organized by Kristina McMorris, author of the forthcoming Letters from Home (Kensington), 10 couples paid $1,000 per couple to attend, with proceeds going to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation.

Jul 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Touch Blue

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The heroine’s optimistic nature sometimes causes her to overlook key clues to Aaron’s inner emotions, but other times she’s completely keyed in, as when she hears him play the trumpet for the first time: “He makes that trumpet sound both beautiful and hurt.” Behind the scenes, Tess precipitates A...

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Description: “Touch blue and your wish will come true.” Eleven year old Tess hopes that superstitions, sayings and the lucky objects that she keeps in her pockets will influence her luck and make her wishes come true.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch Blue

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