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touch blue by Cynthia Lord

04th January 2011

Tess Brooks’ island school will be shut down by the state, unless their school can enroll 5 more children.  So the island families agree to host 5 foster children, both to help the children and to keep their school open.  Tess is thrilled when her family welcomes an older foster brother.  All she knows about foster children has come from reading books, but she hopes that her foster brother Aaron will be just a little like Anne Shirley.

But instead of a becoming a “bosom friend,” Aaron avoids Tess and her family, and despises island living.  So Tess must take matters into her own hands.  Armed with her lucky charms, Tess crafts a plan to keep Aaron in her family and save her school at the same time.  An excellent book about family and belonging for upper elementary.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

10th February 2008

Catherine is trying to balance the needs of her autistic younger brother with her desire to fit in Rules (Newbery Honor Book)with her middle school friends.  An honest look at the perils of middle school, and the joys and challenges of children with special needs.