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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From the Author

I taught in a school much like the one where Beanie works. It was a life changing experience and,like most life changing experiences, teaching children who had been abused or neglected was fraught with challenges. It was also rewarding. Like Beanie, I love Blue and children like her. I love her resistance, her toughness. At seven, she's already a survivor. 
Beanie is the teacher and person anyone, me included, can aspire to be. She talks in the book about quiet heroes, the regular people who make a big difference to others. Beanie, although she'd never admit it, is one of those people.

About the Author

Award winning author Ute Carbone pronounces her first name Oohtah, but doesn't spell it that way. She lives with her husband in Southern NH, where she spends her days drinking coffee, eating chocolate, walking in the woods, and dreaming up stories. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Etopia Press (August 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5U6JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
There's been a long list of things I've wanted to be. Some of them were fanciful- ballerina, trapeze artist, world class ski racer. Some more serious-doctor, oceanographer, bookstore owner. Some I've actually accomplished- teacher, mother, workshop leader.
I've always loved to read books but for most of my life I never would have imagined myself writing them. Oh, I scribbled. I wrote songs for my guitar when I was a teen. I kept a journal in college. When my children were small, I began to write poetry. I joined a poetry group. I got a few things published. Then, in a writing workshop, I began writing fiction A seed got planted. The stories I wrote got longer and longer until one day I found myself writing a novel. I finished the novel in fits and starts and wrote another one. Then another. Each time, I learned a little more about the art and craft. of storytelling.
Each time, I got to enter a brand new world. Through my characters, I've gotten to be a lot of things, from a shark researcher to an 1850's heiress to a ski patrol woman. Who knows what's next? Writer, it's the perfect job for the girl who wanted to be everything.

In reading my books, you can be these things too. I hope you'll enjoy reading my stories and the journeys they take you on as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Where you can find me--
At my website: http://UteCarbone.com ;
my blog: http://ute-carbone.blogspot.com/
twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Wildwords2
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ute-Carbone/234417796596443
goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5114798.Ute_Carbone
pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/utecarbone/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sisu on August 23, 2011
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This is a great read. The characters are so true to life that you might think they live next door. Beanie, the major character, is having problems in conceiving the child she wants so very much. But she's also having problems trying to take care of a girl in her class for emotionally disturbed children. The two issies, paired together, lead us into a very involving tale about paremting, its demands and its satisfactions. The story flows so easily that the reader is caught up in the actions and emotions of the characters without at first realizing how complexly these people are being portrayed. Once you start this book you are not going to want to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. on August 26, 2011
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Great book!!! Blueberry Truth is a very easy, entertaining read. I was surprised at how quickly I became absorbed with the characters and their lives. Good story line, written in a manner that just flows so easily. You will find yourself feeling all of the emotions of the characters! I am definitely looking foward to more books by this author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on April 18, 2012
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This inspirational little gem is written in the tradition of great stories like My Posse Don't Do Homework (the book that inspired the movie Dangerous Minds) and The Freedom Writers Diary, without the same level of violence. This book left me feeling inspired to go out into the world and do something good....something that matters or that makes a difference. It is one of those feel-good stories that will leave you feeling good for a while after reading it.

The characters are so real, they will seem like people you know - or could know. I love that Beanie and her husband, Mac, have been together since they were kids and know each other so well. The interactions between them are very realistic, whether it's them playing around, having a serious discussion or having an argument. The family dynamic was portrayed very well too. I loved Beanie's sisters and her parents and you could tell that they were a very close family. Unfortunately, it seems that like most real families, some of them had a hard time understanding that sometimes you just don't want to share everything with your family. At least not immediately.

Beanie is special needs teacher and when she gets a new student, named Blueberry Truth, she sees something special in her. Beanie understands her in a way that nobody else seems to and, ultimately, they recognize something in each other that the other needs. As Beanie struggles with having trouble conceiving, Blueberry struggles with being abandoned by her mother and placed into a less than ideal situation. Mac has a hard time understanding Beanie's need to help this mouthy, troublesome little girl and puts up roadblocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Owen on September 25, 2011
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Blueberry Truth by Ute Carbone is one of those novels that may well stay with readers for a long time. Carbone's ability to create believable characters that readers will care about and practically fall in love is first rate. From the first page, readers are drawn into Verbena "Beanie" Mackenzie's whirlwind perfect life: Beanie is the do-good teacher working with special needs kids at St. Luke's and her husband Mac is the gifted pediatric cardiologist. Where, at first, it would seem to be cliché to have Beanie married to her childhood sweetheart; Carbone deftly defines the complexities of their relationship and allows for the hidden flaws in both of them. All Beanie and Mac seem to want is a baby, something that hasn't worked out for them. This, alone, seems to be driving them further apart. Then, along comes Blueberry Truth whose proficiency with the F-word is more developed than the adults who surround her. At seven, Blueberry Truth appears to be already broken, having suffered at the hands of her abusive uncle and apparently abandoned by her drug-addicted mother. All Blue wants is to find her mother, which is at odds with Beanie and Mac's implicit attempts to rescue the girl each in their own way. It isn't just Blueberry Truth who must find her way, but Beanie and Mac as well.

I love Carbon's refined writing style; her subtlety shows readers how all these characters grow and change throughout the story. Blueberry Truth is an excellent read by a very promising author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Roebuck on September 21, 2011
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This surely will be a success - it has all the ingredients. The main character, Beanie, is the kind of woman most readers would want for their best-friend. She's not perfect but she's brave, determined and just down-right good (even if she does have trouble with her sisters - but who doesn't?). And her husband is every woman's dream: a dedicated doctor, he's no push-over and he's determined to stand his ground but willing to admit he's wrong if proven so. And he dearly loves his wife. What a delight.
But it's Blueberry that's at the heart of the story. A seven-year old kid so traumatized that her favorite phrase is one that Amazon won't let me post (LOL) but it begins with "f". It comes out at the most inopportune moments with the obvious resulting reactions. She's violent, old far beyond her years, able to break a room up in twenty seconds and streak for freedom in a twinkling. Her deepest desire is to find her mother, yet the reader knows right from page one that this is a very bad idea indeed. And so we watch as Beanie fights for fostership of this child who gives Beanie and Mac's wonderful house and comfortable home the bird.
Blueberry Truth is a page-turner - one of the rare books that you don't want to put down. A delightful read that surely can't fail to touch the heart of the hardest reader.
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