Archive for October 18, 2010

Touchblue by Cynthia Lord

October 18, 2010

This is a wonderful MAINE story!   You can practically smell the salt air and hear the seagulls  crying when the author, a Maine resident,  describes the main character going out in the lobster boat with her father.

Tess is a strong 11-year-old  girl who loves her family and her island way of life.  Her  small  island has a one-room schoolhouse that is in danger of closing because there aren’t enough students.  Some families on the  island decide to take in foster children to add to the school population.  Tess’s family takes a chance on Aaron, a 13-year-old boy who has been in a few different foster homes because his mother hasn’t been able to take care of him since he was five.  Tess goes out on a limb for Aaron, trying to help him feel at home.  Will he stay?  Will the school close? Read this hopeful book about what it means to belong.

*For those of you who have read Seal Island School by Susan Bartlett, here’s another look at living on a Maine island.