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Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year. andlt;BRandgt; But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff's pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss and of family and friendship — and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; A NEWBERY HONOR BOOKandlt;BRandgt; AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CHILDREN'S NOTABLE BOOKandlt;BRandgt; AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTSandlt;BRandgt; AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST OF THE BEST FOR YOUNG ADULTSandlt;BRandgt; INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION TEACHERS' CHOICEandlt;BRandgt; INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION YOUNG ADULT CHOICEandlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;BOOKLISTandlt;/Iandgt; EDITORS' CHOICE

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When Jeff Greene's mother reenters his life years after abandoning him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth. After a summer with her at her family's Charleston home, he eagerly looks forward to a return visit the following year. But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff's pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss, and of family and friendship--and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself. Cynthia Voigt's deeply moving story of a boy's emotional growth is a stunning addition to her acclaimed Tillerman Cycle.

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for andlt;iandgt;Diceyand#8217;s Songandlt;/iandgt;, the Newbery Honor Award for andlt;iandgt;A Solitary Blueandlt;/iandgt;, and the National Book Award Honor for andlt;iandgt;Homecomingandlt;/iandgt;, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including andlt;iandgt;Izzy, Willy-Nillyandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Jackarooandlt;/iandgt;. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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emmejo, December 26, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Jeff's mother left when he was little. After that betrayal he learned to shut the world out, to be cold and not feel what others did to him. Years later his mother contacts him and wants him to visit. He opens up under his mother's attentive interest, but realizes that he just set him self up to get hurt in a big way. His mother may not be anything like she pretends to him at first, she may not really care so much.

This main character was much more believable then the character in the last book. He felt solid and was flawed just the right amount. I felt real sympathy for Jeff, I have been in a hard spot and shut myself down in a similar way and know how hard it is to figure out how to open up again. The writing was just as nice as the last, with a sparse poetry to the prose and smart dialogue.
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zachd75, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by zachd75)
A Solitary Blue is a book that has truly inspired me. It starts off with a young boy, Jeff Greene, who has had a rough life from his mother, Melody, abandoning him when he was only seven years of age. His father, the Professor, has to make some drastic changes in order to recreate the lifestyle they once had. The Professor is a type of person who doesn’t like change and has no sign of emotion whatsoever. For the next few years, the Professor attempts to higher different people to help cook and clean around the house until one day Jeff receives a not from Melody saying she wants him to spend the summer of 6th grade with her. Thrilled to hear from his mother, he goes down to Charleston, South Carolina to visit his mother, great-grandmother, and two of his cousins. He has a spectacular time getting to know his mother again which has changed his life for the better.
Jeff then goes next summer to Charleston to spend again another exciting summer with his mother and relatives. Over the course of the year, he is betrayed by his mother because of his lack to see her from her being gone all the time. Crushed by her betrayal, he comes back to Baltimore to find out his father had felt the exact same way and shows his emotional side to Jeff.
After a couple years, the Professor and Jeff move to another part of Maryland where Jeff goes to start high school. Throughout his high school career, Jeff has been able to make a lot of friends and understand life a lot better.
During his last year of high school, he is shocked to hear that Gambo, Jeff’s great-grandmother, has died and left Jeff almost everything she owned, including her priceless ring. The ring itself has been in her family for decades and is now estimated to be worth about $20,000. Jeff plans to put one of his really close friends through college with the ring, but Melody comes back to ask Jeff for the ring because she needs the money to maintain her living environment. Jeff has to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life…
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crowyhead, July 24, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This, the third book in the "Tillerman Cycle," tells the story of Jeff, who had a small role in Dicey's Song. Jeff's beautiful mother, Melody, left Jeff and his father (who Jeff calls the Professor) when he was a boy, and Jeff has always held an idealized image of her. When Melody reappears in Jeff's life, at first everything seems golden, but gradually he begins to realize that she is not the person he thought she was. At the same time, he and the Professor finally grow to know each other as people. It's a quiet sort of book -- there's no crashing finale, but it's so beautifully done. It's an excellent companion to Dicey's Song.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689864346
Author:
Voigt, Cynthia
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Subject:
Social Situations - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family - Marriage & Divorce
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series:
Tillerman Cycle
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7 x 4.19 in 4.62 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , When Jeff Greene's mother reenters his life years after abandoning him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth. After a summer with her at her family's Charleston home, he eagerly looks forward to a return visit the following year. But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff's pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss, and of family and friendship--and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself. Cynthia Voigt's deeply moving story of a boy's emotional growth is a stunning addition to her acclaimed Tillerman Cycle.
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