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A Thousand Shades of Blue
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Orca Book Publishers 2008
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IL: UG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 7
Lexile measure:
HL: High-Low 600L
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A sailing trip to the Caribbean might sound great, but sixteen-year-old Rachel can't stand being trapped on a small boat with her family. She misses her best friend and feels guilty about leaving her older sister Emma, who lives in a group home. Her father is driving her crazy with his schedules and rules, her brother is miserable, and there is never anyone her own age around. Worst of all, there is nowhere to go when her parents fight. While their boat is being repaired, the family spends a few weeks in a small Bahamian community, where Rachel and Tim discover a secret which turns their world upside down and threatens to destroy the fragile ties that hold their family together.
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Street Date:
10/01/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781554695669
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 3.8, 7 Points
Lexile code:
HL: High-Low
Lexile measure:
600
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Robin Stevenson. (2008). A Thousand Shades of Blue. Orca Book Publishers.

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Robin Stevenson. 2008. A Thousand Shades of Blue. Orca Book Publishers.

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Robin Stevenson, A Thousand Shades of Blue. Orca Book Publishers, 2008.

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Robin Stevenson. A Thousand Shades of Blue. Orca Book Publishers, 2008.

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      • content: The author does a fantastic job of making each character relatable to teens...The book flows very smoothly, making it an easy read for teens.
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      • content: The writing's emotional honesty and realistic dialogue will appeal to many teens.
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        Gr 8-10-In an attempt to bring them all closer together, Rachel's parents uproot her and her younger brother to sail the family boat down the East Coast and through the Caribbean. Rachel, 16, is totally against the idea; she doesn't want to leave her older sister, who suffers from a brain injury and lives in a group home. They will be gone for an entire year, which chaps Rachel's hide big time, and then she discovers along the way that her mother is having an affair with a smarmy, married yachtsman. Taking comfort in her friendship with older, freer Becca, Rachel begins to strike out on her own, sneaking out at night to have a few drinks; hear music; and spend time with a smooth, 25-year-old drifter. From struggling with her desire to lose (or hold onto) her virginity to feeling anger toward her mother and pity for her clueless father, Rachel comes across as a real teen with whom readers will identify. Using the small boat as a setting highlights the cramped, suffocating feeling many young people have when spending a lot of time with parents and siblings. The book has no easy answers, and the family's problems are not anywhere near solved in the end, giving the novel a refreshing realism."Nora G. Murphy, Los Angeles Academy Middle School"

        Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Grades 9-11 Rachel knew that her mom and dad had been having problems, but shes dismayed when they take her and her younger brother, Tim, out of school for a year to sail in the Bahamas. There, Rachels emotional state vacillates between boredom and disdain. While in port awaiting repairs, the children see their mother in a compromising situation and, unable to voice her feelings even to Tim, Rachel becomes increasingly angry, restless, and reckless. Through a convincing first-person narrative, the novel portrays a family of unhappy people going their separate directions but occasionally finding ways to come together and even to support each other. Rachels seething resentment toward her parents is clear, but so is her slowly growing appreciation of her family members as individuals. Though the occasional crude word will keep this paperback out of some high-school libraries, the writings emotional honesty and realistic dialogue will appeal to many teens.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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