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Author: Virginia Hamilton Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481538176
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Friendship isn’t always easy.

Natalie is different from the other kids in Dreenie’s fifth-grade class. She comes to school in a wheelchair. She always wears a knitted hat. And she’s allowed to bring her puppy to class. The kids in the class call Natalie “Bluish” because her skin is tinted blue from chemotherapy.

Dreenie is fascinated by Bluish and a little scared of her, too. She watches Bluish and writes about her in her journal. Slowly, the two girls become good friends. But Dreenie still struggles with Bluish’s illness. Bluish is weak and frail, but she also wants to be independent. How do you act around a girl like that?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will come to cherish Dreenie’s openheartedness, just as Dreenie comes to cherish her newfound friend.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lisa Renee Pitts’s fully voiced narration is well paced and generally successful at indicating the various ethnicities of the class.”

    AudioFile

  • “Hamilton gets the way kids talk…she makes us ‘stop and look.’ Many readers will be caught by the jumpy, edgy story of sorrow and hope, of kids trying to be friends.”

    Booklist

  • “The handling of Bluish’s illness and her classmates’ concern is genuine and unsentimental, and the friends’ patience with and unity against that illness is simply but effectively depicted…This novel transcends genre labels with its honest and masterful depiction of the rewards and difficulties of friendship.” 

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “The complexities of friendship among three fifth-grade girls are eloquently explored in this short, accessible novel…Hamilton is right on target with her depiction of the speech and mannerisms of fifth graders.”

    Horn Book

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaytlin | 12/5/2013

    " this book was ok but it taught me that people will treat you differt if you look diffrent then they will point it out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 11/18/2013

    " this was a ok book. it was sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Therealstargirl | 6/6/2013

    " I really really dislike this book. All kids are mean to this girl because she has CANCER, and is all alone. They think cancer is contagious (these are fifth graders) and never get near or talk to her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/10/2013

    " A cute book, but not of the caliber you're used to from Virginia Hamilton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neva | 4/17/2012

    " A great story about friendship and the different ways we chose to show our friends that we care for them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/20/2012

    " This is written from the point of view of one of the three main characters. It is about learning to see people for what they are, not what they look like. The girls in this story learn to deal with a friend who has a serious illness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 7/31/2011

    " A sweet, sweet story of new friendship and acceptance of differences of all kinds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/22/2011

    " It was all over the place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/11/2011

    " Written from two point of views throughout the book, a narrator and a character. What it is like for a young girl when a student in her class is sick. Teaches a person that regardless of a persons situation not to treat them differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 5/18/2011

    " A must-read for the younger crowd, because everyone has a friend that is different from them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 3/10/2011

    " Three friends, one of whom has leukemia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace | 1/25/2011

    " This is a story about three girls and their wonderful friendship with each other. D. M "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neva | 4/8/2010

    " A great story about friendship and the different ways we chose to show our friends that we care for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaytlin | 1/13/2010

    " this book was ok but it taught me that people will treat you differt if you look diffrent then they will point it out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/18/2009

    " A sweet, sweet story of new friendship and acceptance of differences of all kinds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/17/2009

    " I remember it being amazing- dont remember it that well. - Want to re-read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 4/19/2009

    " this was a ok book. it was sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/19/2009

    " A cute book, but not of the caliber you're used to from Virginia Hamilton. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/17/2008

    " Dreenie has opposing feelings about the girl with luekemia and the blue color from school. In the end, she is in remission from lukemia. okay. didn’t get into it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 4/20/2008

    " This is written from the point of view of one of the three main characters. It is about learning to see people for what they are, not what they look like. The girls in this story learn to deal with a friend who has a serious illness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 11/18/2007

    " Three friends, one of whom has leukemia. "

About the Author

Virginia Hamilton (1936–2002) grew up in rural Ohio among an extended family and generations of storytellers. Her grandfather, Levi Perry, was brought by his mother from Virginia slavery to Ohio via the Underground Railroad. She received nearly every award in the field of children’s literature, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Newbery Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award.

About the Narrator

Lisa Renee Pitts is an award-winning actress in theater, television, and film, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.