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Blueberry Truth by [Carbone, Ute]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5U6JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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What a lovely book. Blueberry Truth is a wayward girl from a broken and horrifying background. She has learned from being an infant that the best defence is attack. Then she meets Beanie - a woman who is going through her own crisis. The two of them need each other, even though they may not realise it. I loved the pace, warmth and development of this story. It grabbed me and then refused to let go. Even if you don't normally read this genre (as I rarely do), I heartily recommend it to you.
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Ute Carbone's beautiful writing style would be a pleasure to read, even if this wasn't such a good and memorable story. Her characters are so real you can almost touch them. I'll remember Beanie, Mac and Blue for a long time. You can't help but love them with all their flaws, because they are so authentic, so human in every way. Warts and all. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I recommend it highly.
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