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Three friends in search of a place to belong find that home is truly where the heart is in this new tale of enchantment from master storyteller Alice Hoffman.
13 year-old Martha Glimmer is convinced this is the worst time of her life. Her mother died, she grew 7 inches, and she has to put up with a woman who plys Martha's lonely father with food and opinions about how 13 year-old girls should behave. Martha longs to leave Oak Grove and travel. Martha's best friend Trevor and his brother Eli also want to leave Oak Grove. Nicknamed Trout and Eel because of the thin webbing between their fingers and toes, they long to see the ocean.
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Fans of Alice Hoffman's first novella for children, Aquamarine, will be thrilled to discover Indigo, another watery tale that blends fantasy with reality in a surprising coming-of-age quest. Thirteen-year-old Martha and her best friends, brothers nicknamed Trout and Eel for their fishy tendencies and webbed fingers and toes, long to escape from their dull, dry town. Their ambivalent feelings about running away, though, are reinforced when a fierce storm interrupts their journey and helps them begin to answer their questions about who they are "at the deepest core"--and who they will become. Unfortunately, there's not enough time for Hoffman to develop her characters here, and an implausibly pat denouement may leave the reader wishing the book were longer--or shorter--but the elements of friendship, loss, and hope will come through for those who take it for the parable it is. (Ages 10 to 14) --Emilie CoulterAbout the Author:
Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of Indigo, Aquamarine, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, for adults, Practical Magic and The Third Angel, among many other acclaimed works. Her latest novel is Green Witch. She lives in Massachusetts.
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Book Description Scholastic, New York, NY, 2002. Soft Cover. Condition: New. Advance Reading Copy (ARC). BRAND NEW COPY. Advance Reading Copy/Uncorrected Proof. Borrowing novelist and author Alice Hoffman's (1952 -) words, this is a "modern fairy tale about three children who are lost before they every leave home". The dry and dusty town of Oak Grove, haunted by a past flood, is a place where everybody dreads water. That is, except two brothers, known as Trout and Eel for their darting quickness and the mysterious webbing between their fingers and toes; the boys dream of the farthest seas and a hazy magical past. And, while everybody in town celebrates brilliant, rainless days, for 13 year-old Martha Glimmer the very daily sameness seemed to freeze the grief of her mother's death for both herself and her father. So it was, the three buddies decide to run away. Magically the rains camey, and though never really having left town, the three complete a journey of the soul. A reminder that love is something we never lose. Seller Inventory # 013503
Book Description Scholastic Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0439256356
Book Description Scholastic Press, 2002. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 5EU-GCI-SD1
Book Description Scholastic Press, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0439256356
Book Description Scholastic Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110439256356