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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  244 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
All of the kids at school stay away from “Bluish,” but when Dreenie and Tuli learn to see beyond her differences, they discover a true friend
Ten-year-old Natalie is different from the other kids at her New York City magnet school: She is often absent, wears a knit cap, and uses a wheelchair. Her classmates have nicknamed her “Bluish” because her pale skin is tinted blue f
ebook, 128 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween (first published 1999)
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I recently found a review of this book that I had written in third or fourth grade. Up until then, I had no idea I had read the book. It's easy to forget if you're not keeping track of them, and I was a vivacious reader back then, as I am now. Unfortunately, the review was more of a summary. It had no rating of the book. I'm rating it 3.5 stars because that's about average, and I wouldn't want to give the book a false rating.
Here's the review (no edits):
I read a book called "Bluish." by Virgin
Oct 09, 2011 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th Graders & Up
Recommended to Allison by: NBMS 6th Grade Reading 2011
I found this book a little difficult to follow because the timeline skips around a bit and the kids have nicknames and there's a lot going on around the periphery of the story. I feel like it would have helped if there'd been a short prologue introducing us to the characters, setting and some of the story.

It's a great, but very incomplete, peek into the life of a few girls in 5th grade. A couple of them are sisters who are new transfers into the school mid-year, one who is a friend of theirs an
Mar 23, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this book three and a half stars. Virginia Hamilton, in this very short novel, creates an amazingly complex world (including uncommonly textrous histories for each character, especially for a book of this brevity,) and lets the reader get to know them well enough to deeply feel of their heartache, loneliness, illness, and happiness, too. While dealing with the sober concept of cancer, the book touches lightly, eliciting emotional response while never seeming overly somber ...more
Bluish is a girl who is recovering from leukemia. She is so pale that she looks almost blue. Dreenie is fascinated and pulled to her. She and her friend Tuli slowly befriend this new girl who seems so strange. The growing reltionships among the three girls are touchingly detailed as they develop a new and rewarding closeness.
Delightful and educational. This would be a great read aloud book for elementary children but an enlightening read for all ages. I am a retired school teacher and now I fill in all the books I did not have time to read. Try children's books because they will capture your attention.
This is a nice read alike for Wonder, Fish in a Tree, and other books about differences and special needs.
Dreenie is a new kid in school, starting fifth grade. She is lonely until she meets a new friend Tuli. She is also curious about another girl in class, Natalie, who is in a wheelchair. Natalie always wears a knitted hat and her skin has a blue tint. Dreenie starts keeping a secret journal about her interactions with the girl. She finds out that Natalie has leukemia. Natalie is frail, but she desires to be independent. Dreenie and Tuli befriend Natalie while working on a project together. The sto ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of overcoming differences and true friendship. The main character, Dreenie, is drawn to Natalie (aka. Bluish). At first it is because she gets to bring a puppy to school. Then Dreenie begins to keep a secret journal completely about her interactions with Bluish. It is heart warming to how Dreenie goes from simply being fascinated with Bluish to developing a deep friendship. Dreenie even promote change in her classmates feelings and ideas about Bluish. They all begin to see Blui ...more
Adam James
Feb 08, 2016 Adam James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
There simply aren't enough childrens novels that revolve around a diverse cast of characters. I'm not placing blame on this issue, but books like Bluish need to be placed in the hands of more children in more classrooms. Much like Jacqueline Woodson, Virginia Hamilton (Cousins) embraces racial discussions even in novels where race isn't even a running theme. Hamilton is able to casually write about race in the innocent way that children generally approach it.

In terms of the actual plot, I would
May 31, 2009 Badiss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young girl named Natalie who can’t walk, she uses a wheelchair to do her walking. Natalie is in fifth grade. She comes to school in a wheelchair, wearing s knitted hat, and is the only one allowed to bring her puppy to school. Everyone in her class calls Natalie ‘’bluish’’ because of her pale skin and tinted blue. Dreenie a girl Natalie’s school is fascinated by Bluish, and a little scared of her as well. Dreenie always watches bluish draw in her little notepad. As times pro ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Cornupyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I thought of this book called Bluish by Virginia Hamilton, is that it was quite good, but I found it hard to follow due to random journal entries, but overall I would give it 4 stars.

In this book Dreenie becomes friends With Tuli (In the journal entries she calls here Tulifoolie). Then they both are chosen into a project with Bluish (The one with ALL cancer she is keeping the journal about). The project helps them become better friends, while they become real friends when Bluish (Her real
I was surprised at what an impact this short little book could have. It's amazing how fleshed out the characters are too. I loved reading about these four girls and how they develope a friendship in spite of their differences. I think Tuli is my favorite, she's so unpredictable and funny. The interactions between the characters, especially the dialogue, was very believable. I liked the message of don't be afraid of those who are different and also, how one person's kindness can influence the who ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, z_13
Eh. Hamilton jumps around with narration and plot. She left out details and repeated other ones. Every now and again there's a snippet of something interesting only to never heard anything about it again. I'd say the book needed to be longer, fleshed out as they say, but I was bored at the current length.

Tuli was annoying and compliment needy. Natalie (Bluish--a horrible nickname) mostly gets facial expressions as personality, and, you know, I'm done being hard on things today.

Not my jam.
Timothy McNeil
Hamilton chooses an oddly affected style of writing, one that leaves the first quarter of the book as (almost) a cipher. Eventually she moves into telling the story she has set to tell, and bits of personality occasional narrator Dreenie established early on come into play and help establish some degree of emotional depth. I'm curious if the target audience would find the early chapters as frustrating or if that is a more effective means of writing for and to them. The finished product is admira ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Deja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one of my favorite books because this book is baisclly about friendship and how her and her friends are like the girl bluish is called bluish because she has cancer and you can see her skull and her classmates call her that and her mother dont like them calling her that because her mother think they are trying to be mean.And at the end of the book her and her friends wear matching hats (shown on the cover of the book).
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. The main character acts like she is best friends with Natalie (the cancer-infected girl), though she still calls her Bluish with all the other kids because her skin has a bluish tint after chemo.
Feb 02, 2009 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one to read because it was on a recommended bibliography about bullying. Honestly, it was just okay for me. An average read - nothing to make it stand out for me. I don't think this is appropriate for middle school level as it reads much younger. I would probably recommend it for 3rd or 4th grade.
A young girl journals about a girl the color of moonlight who sits in a wheelchair and brings a dog to school.

Bluish's mom is sensitive about her interethnic marriage.

I did not care for the ending. It seemed offhand.

Dec 02, 2013 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the characters and the story here. I appreciated the complexity of these relationships even as I was reminded of what it was to be in grade school. My only critique is that I wanted more.
Apr 03, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 07, 2014 Alysia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-book
This book reminded me of "Wonder" but from the view point of a classmate. It is a bit funny and very well written. I think it is a great read for all kids but especially the ones who have a kid at their school who is different due to a disability or illness.
Apr 20, 2008 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens
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.
Feb 19, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
A cute book, but not of the caliber you're used to from Virginia Hamilton.
Gabrielle Louise
Jul 27, 2012 Gabrielle Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-must-haves
A must-read for the younger crowd, because everyone has a friend that is different from them.
miketif celey
the girl who was in a wheelchair and
this book was ok but it taught me that people will treat you differt if you look diffrent then they will point it out
Oct 23, 2011 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was ok
Dec 18, 2009 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, sweet story of new friendship and acceptance of differences of all kinds.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
This is a story about three girls and their wonderful friendship with each other. D. M
Apr 19, 2009 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a ok book. it was sad.
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