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Touch Blue

Touch Blue - Cynthia Lord 7/13/12 ** Young Hoosier nominee for 2012-13.

Excellent, touching. What do you do if you live on a small island off the coast of Maine and there are so few year-round residents that the state wants/needs to close down your small school? One unique solution - have several families agree to take in foster children? What are the ethics of taking in a foster child if you're doing it to get something in return?

This lovely tale, set roughly in the present time, relates the difficulties and joys faced by two children, one a foster child and one the eldest daughter in one of the homes, as they negotiate the early months of this new experience. Think of this book as the blend of The Great Gilly Hopkins (Patterson) and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Schmidt).