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The blue girl, Charles de Lint

Label
The blue girl
Title
The blue girl
Statement of responsibility
Charles de Lint
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening her life
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 9-12, 2007.
  • White Pine Award (Ontario), 2006.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2008
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005
Review
  • Gr. 8-11. Fifteen-year-old Imogene is new at Redding High School, and she’s determined not to repeat the mistakes she made at her old school, especially after she meets Maxine, the good-girl friend she’s always wanted--and needed. Then Imogene and Maxine encounter Ghost, the school’s resident lost soul, and the girls embark on an adventure that moves back and forth between the dangers of the unforgiving high-school environment and a terrifyingly evil netherworld of fairies, supernatural creatures, and anamithim--soul-eaters who are attracted to Imogene’s strong personality and who threaten her safety. De Lint’s strong characters and riveting plot lines will work for even the most skeptical reader, and Imogene and Maxine are wonderful examples of strong young women faced with a variety of problems that appear to defy solutions--that is, until the girls realize that the simplest, yet most difficult, answer is within their control: bravery in the face of a friend’s danger. -- Frances Bradburn (BookList, 11-15-2004, p573)
  • Gr 9 Up –This lively novel thoughtfully examines friendships that cross magical boundaries and explores how love can strengthen and save us. On her first day of school in a new town, Imogene meets Maxine, an outcast, and is targeted by a group of popular bullies. The two become friends despite their polar personalities; Imogene is bold and brash where Maxine is mousy and quiet. When Imogene notices a pale boy watching her, she asks about him and learns the story of Ghost–actually Adrian–another outcast who was harassed by cliques, died under mysterious circumstances a few years earlier, and now haunts the school. His only companions are a handful of amoral fairies. He convinces them to show themselves to Imogene, but this draws the soul-sucking anamithim to her, endangering her life and the people she loves. Adrian, Imogene, and Maxine alternate as narrators. Tied together as victims of both the magical world and of everyday tyrants, they are sympathetic characters who speak with sharp, snappy dialogue. As in Nina Kiriki Hoffman's A Stir of Bones (Viking, 2003), the otherworldly threat skillfully mirrors and enhances real-world concerns. This complicated story is made more intricate by the now/then time shifts between chapters. The two popular bullies are stereotypically flat, but the remaining characters are well drawn and delightful. Imogene's brutal choices about where to draw the line between self-protection and becoming like her tormentors are clearly depicted.–Sarah Couri, New York Public Library --Sarah Couri (Reviewed November 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 11, p141)
  • De Lint (Moonheart ) tackles magic and the afterlife in a suburban high school setting in this inventive if somewhat convoluted tale. Imogene Yeck is new to Redding High, and with her piercings and goth clothes, she immediately gets branded ("Yuck," a play on her last name). She quickly befriends an outsider of another sort, geeky and thoughtful Maxine. Imogene begins seeing a "pale, nerdy guy—sort of like a tall Harry Potter... but gawkier and with a narrower face," called Ghost, according to the school's legend. Imogene and Maxine learn that this is the ghost of Adrian, a bullied kid who "either jumped or fell off the roof" some years before. Adrian, who admires Imogene (for standing up to the bullying football quarterback), inadvertently attracts the attention of "the darkness," also called "ghost- or soul-eaters." She learns of this in part from her childhood imaginary friend Pelly, now an ominous figure who is appearing in her dreams. Fairies factor into the story, as does a roving angel who tries to convince Adrian to give up his hold on the world and "move on." The book feels a bit strained, packed with one mythology too many. It may also be challenging to some readers at first: the early clever repartée between Imogene and Maxime gives way to three different first-person narratives (Imogene's, Maxine's and Adrian's), told at two different periods in time ("Then" and "Now"). Fantasy-minded goth kids, though, will likely find it worth the effort. Ages 12-up. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed December 20, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 51, p60)
  • Readers always know what to expect in a de Lint fantasy: supple, sinuous writing in a contemporary setting laced with fantasy neatly hardwired in place. Set in de Lint's fictional locale of Newford, the first-person narration trades off among three protagonists: Imogene, Maxine, and Adrian. Imogene had been hoping for a fresh start at a new high school after a dangerous past that included sex, drugs, and gangs: she's smart, funny, and knows how to work the odds. Maxine, under her overprotective mother's thumb, follows the rules but longs for just a little freedom. She and Imogene bond right away when their school's head cheerleader marks them for persecution. Adrian is the nerdy ghost of a dork who died at school and can't quite leave yet. Fairies like the evil twins of the wee free men, Imogene's not so imaginary childhood friend Pelly, and a shadow world impinging on this one conjure up satisfying elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—there's even a helpful British librarian named Ms. Giles. And yes, the tattooed and pierced Imogene does turn spectacularly blue in one of the many page-turning plot points. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133060
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
De Lint, Charles
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.D33954
LC item number
Bl 2004
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Newford series (Young adult)
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ghosts
  • Misfits (Persons)
  • Teenage girls
  • Parallel universes
  • New students
  • Fairies
  • Spirits
  • Dreams
  • Supernatural
  • Soul
  • Imaginary playmates
  • Personal conduct
  • Newford (Imaginary place)
  • Bullying and bullies
  • Self-confidence in teenage girls
  • Goth culture (Subculture)
  • High schools
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The blue girl, Charles de Lint
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
368 p.
Isbn
9780670059249
Lccn
2004019051
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 2004019051
  • (OCoLC)56347725
Label
The blue girl, Charles de Lint
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
368 p.
Isbn
9780670059249
Lccn
2004019051
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 2004019051
  • (OCoLC)56347725

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