Title: Touch Blue
Author: Cynthia Lord
Rating: 1 Star
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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.
Touch Blue is a story about people who live on an island off the coast of Maine. They are at the risk of losing their schoolhouse because they had a bunch of kids leave the island. Their solution? Have some of the families on the island take in foster kids just so they can keep their school open! (Does that seem incredibly selfish to anyone else?!)
I just couldn't get past the fact that the ONLY REASON these families wanted to take in foster kids was to keep their school open. I found it incredibly insulting to the foster kids that had to go live there. Everyone wondered why Aaron had such a hard time adjusting to living with his new foster family, but did they really not think that it was because he knew they were just using him?! I hated this book just for that reason alone.
Add to that the fact that the story was slow, and the characters were about as real as a rock, and this novel made for a dud for kids and adults. I don't see how anyone could possibly like this story.
I didn't find anything humorous or warm-hearted about this novel. Mostly I just ached for Aaron. It must have sucked for that poor kid to live with a family that only wanted him for their own selfish reasons.
Save your time - there are better books worth reading.