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    eBook . None of this matters to Natalie who finds Tulip exciting. The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. They call it "The Tulip Touch." And nobody thinks up games like Natalie knows she must do something to break free from Tulip's spell. But does she have the. Get this from a library! The Tulip touch: a novel. [Anne Fine] -- Natalie, who lives in the large hotel managed by her father, has a dangerous friendship with Tulip.

    Plot[ edit ] The story begins as Natalie and her parents move to live in The Palace Hotel, where her father will be the manager. They meet Tulip Pierce, a charming girl who tells imaginative, odd stories - embellishments which Natalie's father refers to as "the Tulip touch". Natalie finds out that Tulip's father is abusive to Tulip and her mother. Natalie's family are initially sympathetic towards Tulip, knowing the extent of the abuse to which Tulip and her mother are subjected. However, as her behaviour becomes more dangerous and erratic, Natalie's parents encourage her to end the friendship. Although other people seem mundane in comparison to Tulip's spontaneity and wild imagination, Natalie makes new friends. Meanwhile, Tulip's behaviour has grown more violent, stabbing bus seats and burning litter bins. When Tulip is not invited to the big Christmas party at The Palace, Tulip burns down the hotel, endangering Natalie's family and their guests. At the close of the novel, Natalie has moved to a new hotel with her family and things are going well for them. Her family, teachers, and the community all criticise and dislike Tulip, but Natalie feels immense guilt over what happened. Although she was too young to recognise the signs of abuse, Natalie wonders why the adults in their lives never helped Tulip. Like the case, the story raises the question of nature versus nurture - in other words, are some children born evil, or are evil children the product of their circumstances?

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    Written in English. Subjects Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school , cheeks the teachers , and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling the most awful lies. Natalie finds Tulip exciting , and at first she doesn't care that other people are so upset and unnerved by Tulip's bizarre games like Stinking Mackerel and Road of Bones. It's funny to watch their reactions , and there's always the delicious fear that the two girls might be caught.

    But as the games become increasingly sinister and dangerous , Natalie realizes that Tulip is going too far. F Tu The Physical Object Pagination p. More filters. Sort order. Jul 21, A. Shaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: An exceptionally well-crafted book that presents very frank and uncomfortable truths about the way we all, from children, to schools, to social services, deal with "troubled" or downright abused children, and the question of whether or not a child can be inherently evil is expertly framed by certain adults in the novel, and left hanging there, exceptionally sadly.

    A book in which the cruelty and sheer cleverness of children is not underestimated by the writer, but by the adults in the book, is An exceptionally well-crafted book that presents very frank and uncomfortable truths about the way we all, from children, to schools, to social services, deal with "troubled" or downright abused children, and the question of whether or not a child can be inherently evil is expertly framed by certain adults in the novel, and left hanging there, exceptionally sadly.

    A book in which the cruelty and sheer cleverness of children is not underestimated by the writer, but by the adults in the book, is a very tough read, and rightly so. This is an important book, for all its nuances, on the face of it, it's about the consequences of friendship, the idea that you can't 'save' everyone, the idea that sometimes we don't all want to be saved, and fact that when everyone gives up, no-one wins.

    Jan 08, J. Ironside rated it it was amazing. I only read this book for the first time recently in an afternoon in fact as I'd somehow missed this as a child. This is a genuinely sinister book. The characters are exceptionally well drawn. You can easily see why Natalie is drawn to the clever, creative Tulip. At first it seems an innocent if somewhat controlling friendship but as Tulip's games become subtly nastier and more callous Natalie has to fight to break free of Tulip's hold on her.

    I can't really do this book justice. Everyone shou I only read this book for the first time recently in an afternoon in fact as I'd somehow missed this as a child. Everyone should try it. My heart was in my throat as it rushed to its conclusion.

    The reader is left with a slightly uncomfortable feeling and the question, if you turn a blind eye when you know harm is being done are you as guilty as the perpetrator?

    Could anyone have helped Tulip in any case? I'd have given this more stars if I could. Jan 29, Karolina rated it really liked it. Not knowing anyone, she becomes intrigued by a girl called Tulip, who is an outcast among the rest of the class. They become good friends. Tulip encourages Natalie to take part in silly games and dares. Gradually these become more sinister and Natalie finds she needs to escape this friendship. The story also deals with the dangers of peer pressure, showing how some small seeming games can develop into more serious pursuits, and how important it is for children to take responsibility for themselves and their friends.

    This story would be suitable for older key stage 2 children, and would probably be most popular with girls. Curriculum links could be made to PSHE peer pressure and bullying and circle time. Jun 24, Despair Speaking rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

    It's been years since I read this book. I had borrowed it from my mother's friend's daughter and it was one of the first slice-of-life children fiction that I fell in love with. The plot was simple, and it was because of that simplicity that it's complicated. And I loved it. It starts with two polar opposites becoming friends. Now, in most children's books, the bad one would eventually stop being bad or not be SO bad. But in this book, the bad one didn't change.

    In most children's books, the good It's been years since I read this book. In most children's books, the good one may have been led astray and will be good again and changes her friend along the way. In this book, the good one has been led astray but she simply breaks away from the bad one and doesn't make up with her. This makes the bad one badder.

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    In most children's books, everything works out in the end. In this book, some things work out and some things don't - just like how the real world works. Even though the ending broke my heart, it's exactly because it ended that way that I will never forget about it. Oct 21, India Lees rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book made for uncomfortable reading, although I found that I could not put it down, and read it all in one sitting!

    The character Tulip makes you feel uneasy right from the very start, and although this is never explicitly stated, there is a feeling that something really bad is always about to happen. This book could be useful for KS2 children, to talk about peer pressure and bullying, and it could be interesting to discuss the view of 'evilness'.

    View 2 comments. Jan 14, Isabella Craveia rated it it was ok. One of the most disturbing books of my pre-adolescent years I think I was 11 when I read it. I think of it very often, but honestly, it never even occurred to me I might check its rating on Goodreads. Kavanagh and she mentions it in the prologue as a most influential book when she was a teenager which I can really see after reading TWHIC.

    Maybe I should read it again now, as an adult and honestly, I don't One of the most disturbing books of my pre-adolescent years I think I was 11 when I read it.

    Maybe I should read it again now, as an adult and honestly, I don't even think it was a very bright as in "optimistic" thing to read as a kid in the first place. View all 4 comments. Nov 06, Ben Cooke rated it liked it.

    At first I struggled to connect with the story; the characters, their personalities and the plot confused me. But when I sat and read the book properly, I experienced the same thoughts as Natalie. I felt as if Tulip was my friend, but I was not sure why I was friends with her.

    The best thing about this story is although Tulip was one of the main characters, I still feel as if I know very little about her; why was she always so horrible to Natalie? How was she really treated at home?

    What was her At first I struggled to connect with the story; the characters, their personalities and the plot confused me.

    What was her motive for burning down a home which had treated her so much better than her own? A dark yet interesting read. Oct 06, Becca Edwards rated it really liked it. Well I don't think I've ever read a book so fast! I had heard of the book, and had assumed the story would have been told from the perspective of 'Tulip' probably because of the title so I was surprised to find that the story was told from Natalie's perspective - a whole new character I hadn't been expecting to meet!

    The story contains some dark and complex elements, and the characters have been so well written with so much detail attached, that it is easy for the reader to learn about the chara Well I don't think I've ever read a book so fast! The story contains some dark and complex elements, and the characters have been so well written with so much detail attached, that it is easy for the reader to learn about the characters and their personalities as the story progresses.

    Apr 09, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: This book contains many themes and sadly ones that are prevalent today. Would be good for children to read to relate to and perhaps understand the behaviours of other children who live these sad lies. Can promote discussion about what can be done to help children that we know in similar situations.

    Overall a sad book but an interesting read. Nov 20, Blanka rated it it was ok. I didn't enjoy reading this book because it was strange and a bit creepy. I read it because some of the things were so strange that I found it interesting.

    I found her behaviour bizarre because never heard of anyone doing things like the things she did. The story tells us about the way people can behave if they are sad. It tells us that if someone is acting strange it doesn1t mean she is bad but that she may have other problems in her life.

    Dec 24, Aoife rated it liked it. This book was by no means mind blowing, but it makes you think a bit which is good I guess. It's a very quick read and it's mostly based on character rather than plot. Of course things do happen, but this book focuses more on the characters of Tulip an Natalie and their parents as well. It brings up the question which we discussed in class on whether Tulips bad behaviour or "evilness" is her parent's fault. Or whether it's solely her fault, because after all she is a human being who should be This book was by no means mind blowing, but it makes you think a bit which is good I guess.

    Or whether it's solely her fault, because after all she is a human being who should be responsible of her own actions, some would argue. I personally believe that of course her parents should be to blame,at least partly.

    The way she was raised and her enviroment has obviously affected her, and not in a good way. Regardless of whether or not she knows what is right or wrong, does she really care? Pain and worthlesness are all she has known in her life, so why shouldn't others be treated the same.

    If she really is worthless, then it doesn't matter if she follows any rules. And perhaps she believes others deserve to feel the pain she does. She perhaps feels the need to exert power over people in the same way her dad does. I'm sure she gets a kick out of being rebellous. Maybe then someone will notice her?

    I don' think her behaviour is right, yet I understand why she is the way she is,a nd I do believe her upbringing has caused her to be so emotionally damaged and destructive and in turn has caused her to behave the way she does. But Natalie also, is neglected by her parents. If they had given her the attention she needed and taken a proper interest in her life then maybe they would see the bad influence Tulip had become, maybe they would notice how unhappy their daughter was.

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    So yes, this book makes a point about the adults. It asks if the adults or the children should have helped or prevented the situations. I thought this book was quite interesting. I could really see certain people I knew in the characters and how they acted. I could even see myself in how some of the people acted and dealt witht their emotions and problems.

    In the end, this book doesn't give a lot of answers, but it points out a lot of problems. Natalie's character does develop a bit and we get to see Tulip and read about her abusive home and the things she does and says and it's really sad to think that there are probably people out there just like that, and it's even sadder to think that these people, just like tulip, aren't being helped by the adults of our society.

    It also shows how greatly affected Natalie is by Tulip and because of the adult's ignorance and messed up priorities Natalie has to suffer this unhealthy relationship with tulip and deal with it all alone.

    People looking for a quick, effective read. Recommended by: I first heard of The Tulip Touch here on goodreads, and I was interested by it. It was completely by chance, however, that I stumbled across the book in my school library one lunchtime. As soon as I finished reading the first three pages, I knew it would be hopeless to avoid reading it.

    So here goes: Basic Plot: Natalie, who's Father is the manager of a hotel, befriends a girl named Tulip. The two quickly become fast friends, and play many strange g Recommended by: The two quickly become fast friends, and play many strange games together.

    But as the two grow up, Tulip begins to abuse their relationship and Natalie starts to see the negative impact Tulip is having on her life.

    Tulip's games go from stalking hotel guests and wrinkling their nose at strangers to knocking on people's doors and burning down sheds. Drama Characters: I adored the characters. Each of them had their own depth, even if there weren't actually that many. Natalie - The main character, Natalie, develops over the course of the storyline, most noticably wben she stops being friends with Tulip.

    Natalie, at first is the naive, care free eight-year-old you'd expect her to be. However, as the years pass and the two grow older, Natalie quickly starts to obsess over Tulip, barely spending a minute not thinking about her. Tulips influence starts to have a bad affect on Natalie's life, but at first Natalie simply ignores it. But when the games the two play get more and more dangerous, going from stalking the guests at the hotel where Natalie lives to setting fire to sheds, she finally breaks away from Tulip, with some very interesting concequences, leading to Natalie becoming a better person.

    Tulip - From the very moment Tulip is introduced, it's obvious she doesn't have a very good home life. Nov 19, aditi mehta rated it liked it Recommends it for: View 1 comment. Jan 16, Anna rated it liked it. On with the actual review: I have extremely mixed feelings about this book. She also nails Natalie's rabbit-caught-in-headlights car crash helplessness. So here is the BUT: Ultimately the book lacks a confrontation between the protagonists and the balls as a serious piece of children's writing.

    It could have been important but it chickened out. And that annoys the hell out of me. Jul 06, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: I still enjoy reading this book, despite the fact I'm probably too old for it now. I read it first when I was ten years old and I found it incredibly haunting. Now it is definitely one of my favourite books. The whole thing is told in a sort of dreamy style, and I found the psychological side fascinating.

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    Yes, Tulip is horrible but so is the main character in a more subtle way, adding depth and a sinister edge. The characters are so intriguing and unlike those found in any other book I've read. Admittedly not much happens in the story but it is told so beautifully and has such strong characters that that scarcely matters.

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