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The Tulip Touch
by Anne Fine (more about Anne Fine) 170/9 first published 1996
Real Life Drama for ages 10 to 15 published by Puffin
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
7/10 This is quite a good piece of work.
What's it about?
An extraordinary novel, so true to life it is almost painful. Anne Fine is a master of writing about the painful world of growing up and recognising our mistakes and weaknesses. This book will cause many to think about their own attitudes to young people with problems.
What happens?
When Natalie moves to a new school, she finds it difficult to make friends until she meets Tulip. Their friendship is dangerous and exciting, but gradually Natalie realises that the games she plays with Tulip are getting out of hand. Could it already be too late to stop?
Is it easy to read?
The text is quite simple to read but the content is powerful and needs to be thought about. Could raise some interesting discussions in a classroom.
Anything else?
The Tulip Touch was the winner of the 1996 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year award. Anne Fine writes books for all ages, and her other books include such as Flour Babies, Madame Doubtfire, Goggle Eyes and Step by Wicked Step.
Other books by Anne Fine include Bad Dreams, Charm School, Chicken Gave It To Me, Crummy Mummy and Me, Design a Pram, Goggle Eyes, How to Write Really Badly, Step by Wicked Step, The Granny Project, The More The Merrier.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Nobody wants to be around Tulip but her outlandish behaviour doesn't matter to Natalie. At first she finds Tulip exciting and she doesn't care that other people are upset by her pranks. But then Tulip's games become increasingly sinister, and Natalie realizes that Tulip is going too far.
And what do you think?
Amy Millard, Stanstead Abbots
Natalie was Tulips only friend, but people in the village often wondered what Natalie saw in her. She had always known that Tulip had had an unfortunate past, and everyone held a grudge towards Tulip for her mischievous behaviour . But her behaviour was o
Anne Fine herself
"I suddenly began to wonder what it must be like to grow up now, when all the bad news in the world is swept into your home every day through radio and television. Wouldn't you end up with the sinking feeling that if there were that many horrible people a
Philip Pullman, The Guardian
Brilliant and mesmerizing...
Stephanie Nettell, Books for Keeps magazine
An extraordinarily powerful novel
Pheonix Skye, Etwall
i loved this book, and it enspired me to write several short stories on the same subject. 10/10 from me
daveshee, southall
i read this book at school with our teacher. I think it is grat to read as you don know whts going to happen next. The book Tulips Touch is about a girl called tulip. Tulip always gets abused by her parents for everything she does. At school she becomes b More...
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