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Indigo (Water Tales #2)

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Oak Grove is a dry, dusty town haunted by the memories of a past flood. Everyone dreads water--everyone except two brothers, Trevor and Eli McGill. Nicknamed Trout and Eel for their darting quickness and the thin webbing between their fingers and toes, the boys dream of the farthest seas and of a mysterious past they only half remember. In helping them reach their hearts' ...more
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2002)
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Brooklyn Billington
Dec 14, 2015 Brooklyn Billington rated it really liked it
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I personally liked this book a lot. I loved the story line behind it. My favorite part was the end when the brothers saved the town. I only wished it was more detailed!

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This book is about two brothers Trevor and Eli McGill and their best friend Martha Glimmer. The Boys nicknames are Trout and Eel for their quickness and the thin webbing between their fingers and toes. They live in a town called Oak Grove where every one dreads water unlike the brothers. The McGill b
Nov 16, 2015 Discoverylover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: water lovers
Recommended to Discoverylover by: WingedMan
A really good friend sent me this last April because we are both huge water lovers! A really charming (short) children's book, I re-read this every so often just because :-)

"Oak Grove is a dry, dusty town haunted by memories of a past flood. Everyone dreads the water - except two brothers, Trevor and Eli McGill. Nicknamed Trout and Eel for their darting quickness and the thin webbing between their fingers and toes, the boys dream of the farthest seas of a mysterious past they barely remember.

Mar 12, 2008 Kimberly rated it liked it
I kept on reading when Aquamarine was finished in the book I have that has both stories. The quote "A real friend believes in you when you don't believe in yourself..." immediatly struck me. I'll keep reading. . . .

Two more quotes struck me this afternoon while reading:
"sometimes words spoken are the ones you've been afraid to think, but once they're said aloud there's no way to make them disappear."

"...of how hard it was to leave behind the people you loved, even if the life you wanted wasn't
Jazzy Habba
By: Alice Hoffman
The book Indigo is an okay book I would give it about two stars, The book sadly had a large lack of detail and was rather odd… but maybe fantasy books just aren’t for me. The main setting took place in a town called Oak grove it was very boring and was haunted by memories of awful floods, so naturally everyone hated the water except for two boys. The Main characters Trevor and Eli McGill, the two people in the town that was almost always someone's main topic of conversati
Nadira Syahidah
Nov 22, 2014 Nadira Syahidah rated it really liked it
I found this book in English version on the campus library. It's not thick, only 84 pages and it took less than 1 hour to finish it.The story is simple but interesting. 3 teenagers who lived in a dry town called Oak Grove feel that this town is horrible. It's too dry and the fact is, it never rained in Oak Grove. Martha and 2 McGill brothers (Trout and Eel) hated being traped in that town. The McGill brothers always dream about ocean. Eel told that he never go to the beach even collected the sea ...more
Emily Ann
Jul 24, 2011 Emily Ann rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, but I thought that the author tried to do too many things in too short of a book and it came out jumpy and disjointed. It is a very quick read (even for YA books), so perfectly worth it if you are interested in the concept. However, while I felt like I was shown some brief flashes of insights into characters/back stories/etc, they never followed through. I was left feeling like I walked through the middle of a conversation and never understood what was really happening.

Julie Suzanne
More like a long, mediocre short story about discovering who you are, despite what society or parents try to mold you into. It was okay, and the reason I'll keep it in my classroom library and maybe recommend it to a reluctant, low-level reader, is that they would be able to get through it, which may inspire them to keep reading novels. It's nothing that will change anyone's life, though.

A bit of fantasy in an unrealistic story that is supposed to seem realistic.
Destiny Brown
Mar 17, 2016 Destiny Brown rated it it was ok
The book Indigo is a fiction story. The theme of this book is your fate will catch up with you at some point in time.

At the beginning of the book you learn about two boys, Eli and Trevor McGill who were adopted. The boys moved to a town called Oak Grove. They met their best friend in that little town name Martha Glimmer. The three of them decided they were tired of that little town and decided to leave the town. They thought running away would be the best choice, so as the started to run away i
Sally Balboa
Indigo takes place in a small town where water is not allowed, to the point that there are no swimming pools, everyone takes short showers, and you can't water your lawn for very long. A long while ago there was a massive flood that nearly destroyed the town after the local dam broke. Since then two adopted boys have moved to town, and their main dream is too see the ocean.

I've never had a personal experience with a flood, aside form the occasional over flow of the tub, but I can say that this w
Sylvia Rico
Sep 30, 2014 Sylvia Rico rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356
Well... this was definitely a tween book. I felt my IQ dropping as I read it. I picked it, honestly, because I saw it on the shelf and saw that it only had 80-some-odd pages in it. I think if I had geared myself up for a really young audience, I would have enjoyed the first half of it more. Once I thought that, though, it got better for me.
I think I would push this book on the tweens--a nine-year-old could totally handle this book. It talks a little about adventure and about some interesting fri
Feb 13, 2015 J.ME rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: reviewed
All I have to say is this story made me so sad and wanting more. Why do I keep doing this to myself? I get the familiar feeling of “why was this even written? What’s the message here?” I looked the book up on Google and from what I gathered; I guess it’s supposed to be about friendship, and finding one’s place in the world. Of course it had that classic bitter-sweetness to it that Alice Hoffman is has an unnerving gift for conveying. I hate when endings are sort-of happy ending but not totally w ...more
Aiden Bezark
Jan 18, 2016 Aiden Bezark rated it liked it
I read Indigo by Alice Hoffman. The genre is fiction. The three main characters are Martha, Trevor, and Eli. The story takes place in a remote town called Oak Grove. The main conflict is that Oak Grove suffered a huge flood and the entire town lost everything. A theme that shows up throughout the entire book is belonging or lack thereof. I enjoyed this story however it seemed to be a bit young for me. The target audience of this book might be middle school aged kids. However the message that is ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 24, 2013 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors.

Indigo has the feel of a young adult book, yet contains all the adult like magical realism that Hoffman is adept at writing.

The town of Oak Grove was flooded years ago and the inhabitants now are obsessive about keeping the town dry.

Martha Glimmer is weary of dry and longs for the beauty of water. Her two friends are bullied and made fun of by town folk. Their webbed hands and crystal clear eyes make them a target.

Martha's mother died; Trout and Eel ar
Jun 17, 2009 Kris rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman’s books for adults like Practical Magic, The Probable Future and Here on Earth. I was so excited to see her in the juvenile fiction stacks. It is a short book, less than 100 pages, but a full tale where Hoffman covers a range of emotions and rich details in this book.

Martha Glimmer has lost her mother. Her father is too sad to pay any real attention to her. They live in a town that was devastated by a flood many years ago. There is a real fear of water there amo
Jun 12, 2010 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-420
This fantasy follows the lives of one ordinary girl, named Martha Glimmer, and her friendship with two unordinary adopted brothers named Trevor and Eli McGill. Trevor and Eli, nicknamed Trout and Eel, are not like the other kids in town, they have webbing in between their fingers and toes. The town, after suffering from a devastating flood when the river overflowed, dammed up the river and are scared of having a large body of water in town. Trout and Eel's adoptive parents are very adamant that ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Lydia rated it liked it
Don't let the slimness of this book fool you: it is a full, rich story told in a quick way and in a short amount of time. Every word and phrase is chosen carefully, and the characters are so intricately described and woven together, one will find oneself wishing for a sequel when the book finally comes to completion.

Martha Glimmer has had a terrible year. Her mother has died and a woman who doesn't like kids has taken over her grieving father's life. In addition, Martha has strange friends. One
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 19, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it
This is another of the (three?) young adult novels written by Alice Hoffman, who is a favourite of mine (she wrote "Practical Magic," which is hands down one of my favourite books, ever). This is an even shorter tale than the first young adult Hoffman I read, "Green Angel."

Basically, the tale of "Indigo," is the tale of a young girl, Martha Glimmer, who is coming of age in a painful environment - her father is currently quite numb after the death of her mother nearly a year earlier, and her thir
Melanie Demyer
Jul 26, 2013 Melanie Demyer rated it liked it
Indigo by Alice Hoffman is set in a mythical town of Oak Grove, blocked off from water since the "big flood" several years before. The story is set around Martha, whose mother had died, and her two friends, who are brothers, Trout and Eel. It is an imaginative read, but I wasn't impressed with the way the book was written. It felt like an adult trying (and failing) to write from a thirteen-year-old's prospective. I say thirteen because that is how old the protagonist is, but with the run on sent ...more
Omar S.
Oct 23, 2012 Omar S. rated it really liked it
A book about 2 brothers who miss the ocean. They love the water in unimaginable ways. There is a reason behind it. The 2 brothers live in a very dry area where it almost never rains. They miss the ocean so the brothers beg their father, hoping to go back to the ocean. I think you should read it because it’s a really short but good book.

The point of the book was that 2 brothers miss the ocean. They want to go back but their father won’t let them. They beg and beg but they don’t get to go back.
Charlotte Copp
Indigo by Alice Hoffman is an “enchanting” book about three teenagers from Oak Grove, “a dry, duty town haunted by memories if a past flood.” Eli and Trevor McGill nicknamed Eel and Trout because of the webbing on their feet and hands; and their friend Martha who dreams of dancing under the stars want to escape Oak Grove. Their memories of the past seem to follow them everywhere in Oak Grove’; running away to the ocean seems like the best choice for the tree friends.
I remember getting this book
Sep 14, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I first read this book way back when I was in third grade. At that time i had no definite genre of books that I really stuck with, but this book stuck with me. I have been trying to find it for years and now I have. This book is not like most others I've read. The author writes in a Lois Lowry/Katherine Patterson type style: writing one phenomenal story after the next without any connection between any of them. I enjoyed this book very much and I hope many other people will too.
May 15, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
Quick read that had me absorbed start to finish. Hoffman may explore fantasy but also the very real many sides of love and friendship. This is my third Hoffman book in a few days (and my fifth in a month), and it's easy to conclude that she has a strong interest in water and the life it holds, as both YA books - this and Aquamarine - harbor mermaids. As well, The Red Garden, completed just yesterday, included homage to sea life.

Chloe Resendez
Sep 12, 2015 Chloe Resendez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was pretty insane. It is just so crazy how people can get so scared after one tragic thing that has happened. The story was pretty sad at times. And sometimes people can be so scared, they would probably do anything to get rid of it. I liked how the author made the book exciting in such a little amount of pages. If you are a reader who likes to read books that have a lot a feeling in them, then this book is for you.
Barbara M
This is a novella and moves very quickly. Although it is young adult literature (and is located there in my public library) it is defintely on the young side. Hoffman seems to love the water theme and it is all over the place in this book. She, in fact, telegraphs the story so you aren't very surprised when you find out about the boys. Fun, quick, and magical. I liked it
Feb 01, 2012 Lea rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: girls age 10 - 15
Recommended to Lea by: a student
A very enthusiastic student recommended I read this book when she found out that I'd read other Alice Hoffman novels. This is the story of two brothers, "Trout" and "Eel", who live in Oak Grove, a town once devastated by a flood. The townsfolk have gone out of their way to prevent another tragedy of that sort, ensuring that their town the driest around. The boys are plagued by dreams of the past, and they long to see the ocean. Did I mention their webbed hands? Aided by their best friend, Martha ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
I wanted to go to the beach today, but the next best thing is to read an Alice Hoffman book. The McGill brothers were always a little different. When you find out these web-fingered boys were adopted and have a strong pull to water you know where this book is going, but you don't care. You just go along for an interesting ride.
Jul 05, 2015 Fey rated it liked it
This book has an interesting premise, but it's far too short for it's ideas to really work all that well. Still, it was an unique read and I'm sure there are people who will really enjoy it, especially members of a younger audience who love the sea and are just starting to read chapter books.
Chris Gager
Another rescued book from the transfer station. I assume this is a YA book. Very short with a magical premise... mermaids etc. I read three shorties last night so I could print a new page for my "books read" notebook. This is OK-ish but not really for an adult. 2.75* rounds up to 3*.
Leila Osman
Jun 02, 2013 Leila Osman rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Leila by: No one
Ok.....I started this book expecting something really interesting but....but.....I want to love but. Just can't bring my self to liking it.
This is the only Alice Hoffman book I've read but iam not sure this style of writing is my thing. I've seen in the comments that lots of you like her.
Ok I admit it iam into really crappy romances. Romance is what is missing form this book.
All i wanted all the way through it was for Martha and Trevor to get together it kind of hints at the start that they will
Stephanne Stacey
Oct 05, 2013 Stephanne Stacey rated it liked it
Perhaps it's because this is the second book of the water tales and I did not know that before I read it so I hadn't read the first book, or (and I suspect this is the case) this is a book that was lacking Alice's intuitive short story wisdom. It's a read that you can do while waiting for your child to get a hair cut, but I wouldn't waste your time, even as short of time as that my be. Personally I love to read Alice Hoffman's books. They are simple in the story telling, but complex in the moral ...more
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York ...more
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