Touch Blue


To say Tess is superstitious would be an understatement. In her world, every wish, every event, is a sign of luck ... good or bad. So when Aaron (13) comes to live with the family, Tess prepares for the worst. Aaron is supposed to help save their island school (and Tess' mom's job). But he's a redhead. And that's bad luck. Was this really a good idea?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Strong characters and humor come together in a great, wholesome story that all readers can enjoy.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. I'd love to read a sequel, though.

Young Reader Reaction

This story will take you on a journey to belonging as both Tess and Aaron find what they need to feel like they are where they belong. Young readers will catch a glimpse of the foster care system through Aaron’s experience as well as show them some of the ins and outs of lobster fishing. This novel balances emotion, excitement, humor, and suspense, making it a breeze to read and enjoy.

I recommend this book for kids who might know someone in a foster family or who might be moving and can relate to Aaron or Tess. I also recommend this book to anyone who likes learning about different lifestyles, because the island lifestyle Tess has is definitely unique.

Parent Reaction

Realistic characters - adults included - made this a fun, engaging read. I found myself cheering for Aaron and laughing at Tess' logic at almost every turn.

Type of Book:
This is a high / low YA novel about life, change, and growing up.
Educational Themes:

This would be an exceptional choice for a teen book club (boys or girls). There are wonderful conversation starters for talking with kids: friendship, prejudice, judging others, family life, and family dynamics.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is an exceptional story. Your too-old-for-bedtime stories preteen will love hearing this one. If you are a Foster or adoptive family, this will be particularly poignant.

Title Touch Blue
Author Cynthia Lord
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2010
ISBN 9780545035316
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family - Adoption, Family, Friendship, Coming Of Age, Life Lessons
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