The Tulip Touch

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Bantam, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 149 pages
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There's something about Tulip. Natalie is drawn to her from the first day they meet. The other kids at school are afraid of Tulip, who comes from an abusive family, but Natalie can't resist her deviant charm. It's exciting spending time with Tulip. Tulip has the ability to tell a lie so elaborate and outrageous, you want to believe her story even though you know it's not true. They call it "The Tulip Touch." And nobody thinks up games like Tulip's. They start out rather innocently. Stinking Mackerel. Road of Bones. Hogs in a Tunnel. But soon the games become more complicated -- and more dangerous. Natalie knows she must do something to break free from Tulip's spell. But does she have the strength to save herself ... and Tulip?

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User Review  - ARICANA - LibraryThing

Nobody wants to be around Tulip, but Natalie finds her exciting. At first she doesn´t care that other people are so upset by her bizarre games, but then she realizes that Tulip is going too far, much too far... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The author of Alias Madame Doubtfire (1987) and, more recently, Step by Wicked Step (1996) mines a darker vein with this study in malevolence. Exploring the countryside around the elegant old hotel ... Read full review


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Anne Fine was the second Children's Laureate in Britain between 2001 and 2003. She is a two time winner of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most coveted children's literature award, and has also won the Guardian Children's Literature Award, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize. She also won the Publishing News Children's Author of the Year Award in 1990 and again in 1993. In 2010 she won the inaugural Good Writing Award. Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch, Goggle-Eyes, which was adapted for television by the BBC and The Devil Walks. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. She also writes critically acclaimed adult novels as well. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and has over forty books to her credit.

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