“Touch Blue”- by Cynthia Lord – Novel Study – Grades 3-5

  Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6

Lexile® measure: 750L

Genre/Theme:

Communities and Ways of Life, Families and Social Structures, Foster Care, Middle School

In “Touch Blue” by Cynthia Lord, eleven year old Tess, realizes that

“Good luck does float out there in the world, sticking fast to some people and leaving others behind.” 

Tess is coming of age and starting to understand and appreciate her life a lot more once her family home becomes a foster home to Aaron, a 13 year old boy.

What I love about this book as a teacher and a former foster-care counselor is that it really brings to life the predicament that Aaron is in and it allows students to step into someone else’s shoes (which is tough and new for 10 year olds).

As the story develops, both Tess and Aaron learn to “make their own luck” in a way by letting go of trying to control life and hold on to the idea of what life should be like and embrace their life while making the best out of it.

For a week long novel “Touch Blue” unit go to: http://tinyurl.com/bow2uf7

And once they all understand how tough Aaron has it, students can read “Joshua of Gaia: The Lost Elderzamia” by M.G. Russell and learn about Joshua’s life in an orphanage where life equates survival.

Happy Reading! 

“The more that you read the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

                                 – Dr. Seuss 

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