Touch Blue

Finished Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I absolutely love this book.

Tess has a whole list of minor superstitions.  She’s not OCD or anything; it’s not like she can’t do something if, say, a black cat crosses her path.  But instead, it’s more like she knows things will be lucky (or unlucky, as the case may be) if she just follows these very simple rules.

But what’s most important, however, is that the small school on  her island stays open.  Otherwise, her family will have to move, and she loves her home.  But in order for it to stay open, Aaron (her new foster brother) will have to want to stay.  And it doesn’t seem like he is up for going along with Tess’ plan.

Tess is one of those people you can’t help but like.  I mean yes, she talks a lot and she is really persistent about things, but it’s so obvious that she has a good heart.  I spent the entire book hoping that things would work out for her.

This is the kind of book that will stick with you.  I love every character in it, and while I have never wanted to live in a place so small that you literally know all your neighbors, for a moment while reading this, I could see the appeal.  (You are MAGIC, Tess.)

Highly recommended.

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