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The Tulip Touch: Complete & Unabridged [Audio Cassette]

Anne Fine , Rula Lenska
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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June 30 1998
Nobody wants to be around Tulip but her outlandish behaviour doesn't matter to Natalie. At first she finds Tulip exciting and she doesn't care that other people are upset by her pranks. But then Tulip's games become increasingly sinister, and Natalie realizes that Tulip is going too far.

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From Publishers Weekly

"This exceptionally insightful tale offers a fascinating study of a much-victimized child striking out at the world," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Grade 6-9. Natalie realizes she must cut herself off from Tulip, whose lies, cruelty, and need to control threaten to destroy them both. A haunting novel about the sometimes malevolent nature of friendship.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Book March 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Tulip Touch is a pretty good book.It is about a girl named Natalie who moves into a hotel.She meets up with a girl named Tulip. She turns out not to be as sweet as she appears. Natalie's dad tries to be nice to Tulip because she goes through a lot in her life.Tulip makes up some very strange games that turn out to be very bad.It has a pretty good ending except that it should have had a little more detail or an epilougue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unique and intriguing July 30 2003
By lara
Format:Library Binding
The tulip touch is one of the most intresting and unique books i have ever read. Each chapter is the beginning of a brand new adventure as Natalie finds out more of Tulip and her very evil and eccentric ways. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gteat book to read April 17 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When i looked at the cover of the book i thought it looked great and when i read on it was. In some plases it was a tiny bit boring. Ann fine goes in to the most detail, I thought that was great. i would recommend it to a person who likes Ann fine. a gteat book to read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was very moving June 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It had a lot of meaning, and it gave me a feel of what it was like to be like tulip. I give it 5 stars, for the well thought out plan of the characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking July 26 2001
By Oddsfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To be honest, I didn't expect much from the book, and I still don't know why I ever read it. I had read Flour Babies by Anne Fine, and I didn't like it. I thought it was too didactic, and I thought the humor was far less than funny. The Tulip Touch didn't share any of the former's problems. It is simply an amazing book that really made me think about some of the friendships I had in high school (I just graduated).
The plot follows Natalie who is the best friend of Tulip. Tulip comes from a totally unloving and abusive family and is a trouble-maker. Gradually, Tulip's behavior begins to influence Natalie. Natalie watches herself being dragged lower and lower by Tulip. Finally, she feels she must break away. But, can she? Has Tulip been that bad of a friend. Also, should or could she have been helping Tulip?
The Tulip Touch is really a fascinating book. It is entertaining, but it also makes you think. It raises quite a few ethical concerns for our society, and it examines a friendship (though very off-beat one) thouroughly. The Tulip Touch really should be required reading because their are many young adults out their with friends like Tulip and there are also a lot of people who will hopefully not become parents like Tulip's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive exploration of "how children go bad" Nov. 25 2005
By A voracious reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This quiet novel is, I believe, one of Anne Fine's best. It's a balanced and sensitive exploration of friendship and families: what it means to destroy and what it is to be reborn.

Natalie, the protagonist of this novel, is a quiet and introverted child - a member of a busy hotel-manager's family, somewhat neglected. At the age of eight she meets Tulip, a bright, original outsider. From the first, Tulip enchants Natalie with her ideas for games and her spark of mischief. Natalie's parents encourage the friendship, knowing something about Tulip's dysfunctional family and miserable home life. Before long, Tulip has closed Natalie off from her schoolmates and family - Natalie, though, is happy in this unusual friendship. Yet as time passes, Tulip's streaks of malice and cruelty begin to show as her home life deteriorates.

Tulip and Natalie are the main characters in this drama: in the background we see parents, classmates, police officers and other figures, but these are generally sketches. That is my main quibble with this book: none of the characters except our central duo seem truly developed, or are sufficient to hold readers' interest. Perhaps this is intentional, but it annoyed me personally. In an interesting introduction to my edition, Anne Fine writes that Tulip and Natalie seemed to "spring to life" almost as soon as she began to write the novel. She notes that they show the qualities of a good author. Tulip is a compulsive and brilliant liar (and, Fine says, "what is a novel but a tissue of lies telling the truth?"). Also, Natalie "has the strength to look on something painful and not turn away". One of a writer's greatest and most needed qualities.

The Tulip Touch is an unusual tale, raising many moral questions - does true evil exist? Are we born with our personalities or are they shaped by our upbringing? What is evil? Why, as Natalie demands at the end of the novel, does a person's state have to become desperate before he or she is given help? Cleverly, Anne Fine (an educated, opinionated atheist who disbelieves in the concept of evil) makes clear her views while leaving the reader to decide his or her own answers to these difficult questions.

Four stars for the plot and characters, and an additional star for the fantastic descriptions found throughout the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless pyromaniac Peril June 30 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I became deeply entranced in this book. The twisted storyline and intriguing characters kept me hooked throughout the book. I have read a lot of Anne Fine's books and this is definitely one of her best. You can definitely relate to the characters and how they think, when she describes how Natalie feels during the fire in the shed you can see images and imagine you are actually there. It's really very powerful. I've only read it once, but I would read it many more times.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book showing fragility of children. April 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a well-written book that shows, with great sensitivity, how fragile children can be and how important it is for others to reach out to those in trouble. The Tulip Touch should be read by young adults, 7th. grade and up, as well as by those who work with them. Not an easy book to read, on an emotional level, but well worth the effort. Wonderfully illustrates the "if only I'd....." syndrome so many of us suffer from that leads to lifelong regrets.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tulip Touch is an enjoyable book to read. Dec 2 1999
By Sally Applebee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I gave this book four stars becaue it held my attention. The characters seemed very real because their problems are seen in school. Tulip may not seem real to you but she does to me. The Tulip Touch, by Anne Fine, really makes you realize what a bad influence can do. I think Anne Fine told the story in just the right way to make it seem real.
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