Natalie Kinsey-Warnock's beautifully told, warm hearted novel tells the story of one girl's journey to find the mother she never had, set against the period backdrop of a small farming town in 1950s Vermont. For her entire life, 10-year-old Blue has never known her mother. On a cold, wintry day in December of 1941, she was found wrapped in a quilt, stuffed in a kettle near the home of Hannah Spooner, an older townswoman known for her generosity and caring. Life with Hannah so far has been simple—mornings spent milking cows, afternoons spent gardening and plowing the fields on their farm. But Blue finds it hard not to daydream about her mother, and over the course of one summer, she resolves to finally find out who she is. That means searching through the back issues of the local newspaper, questioning the local townspeople, and searching for clues wherever she can find them. Her search leads her down a road of self-discovery that will change her life forever.
"Evocative of Anne of Green Gables, True Colors is a wonderful story of an adopted 10 year old girl named Blue and Hannah, the 73 year old Vermonter who found her in her mailbox when she was just 2 days old. Work is hard on their farm and money is scarce, but theirs is a small town in which neighbors help neighbors and you can count on your friends.
Well, that's what Blue thought 'til her best friend came back for the summer all putting on airs and such. Between that and wondering when her mystery mother would come back and whisk her away in a fancy car, it's hard to believe she had time to fit in her new job at the town newspaper and keep up with her chores.
Rich in vocabulary as well characters and a satisfying ending make True Colors a sure bet for your mid-grade reader."