Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, who won a Newbery Honor for her book, Rules.
11-year-old Tess is a firm believer in wishes and luck. Unfortunately, it seems as though some bad luck is upon her small island home. There are too few kids on the island to keep the local school open. Authorities are threatening to close the school and fire the teacher, who happens to be Tess's mom. This would mean that Tess and her family would have to leave the island and everything that they love.
However, Reverend Beal has a plan.
He asks some of the townspeople to take in foster children from the mainland, not only to keep the school open but to give them good homes. Saving the island's school and providing a warm environment for others is a win-win situation.
Tess and her sister Libby are really excited to meet their new foster brother, thirteen-year-old Aaron. Having an older brother to hang out with and go fishing with is going to be great! But what if Aaron doesn't like the island? It wouldn't be surprising, especially considering Bethsaida's local bully doesn't want any foster kids around.
As Tess soon finds out, wishes and luck will only do so much when it comes to showing Aaron how important he is to her and her family. The rest will have to be done through hard work and understanding.
If you like realistic stories, check out Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.
— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker