The Other Side Of Blue


Just as they have every summer, Cyan and her mother have come to Curacao for vacation. Just one year ago, Cyan's father died in an unexplained boating accident here. This year, Cyan has no dad, but lots of questions, a strained relationship with her mother, and Kammi, her soon-to-be stepsister. To top it off, Mayur Bindas, her neighbor and nemesis, insists he has information about her father's death. He'll tell her what it is ... for a price. Could things get any worse?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Real characters, family dynamics, and a bit of mystery create a captivating story for teens and adults alike.

Content Awareness Factors:

There are issues, like having an alcoholic parent or teen sexual attempts, the author alludes to but doesn't push beyond subtle references. If the mere mention alcohol or premarital sex are offensive to you, then you will want to preview this book before your child reads it.

Parent Reaction

What a fabulous book! It is a natural as a summer read, but it was just as delightful in chilly March/April. This is Cyan's story to tell, and she keeps her thoughts to herself (and the reader). They are always just below the surface and her emotions, which come through in the dialogue, are on the edge.

Type of Book:
This is a young girl's story about family, loss, and change.
Educational Themes:

This is a story with lots to explore, particularly for pre-teens. There is plenty to relate to family dynamics (second marriage, strained parental relations, loss of a parent, alcoholism), growing up, and choices (particularly lying).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is one that you will want to read and share with your teen, or vice versa.

Title The Other Side of Blue
Author Valerie O. Patterson
Publisher Clarion Books © 2009
ISBN 9780547244365
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.00
Genres Family, Coming of Age, Death and Loss
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