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.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. "This exceptionally insightful tale offers a ronaldweinland.info: The Tulip Touch (Puffin Modern Classics) eBook: Anne Fine: Kindle Store. Read "The Tulip Touch" by Anne Fine available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get £3 off your first download. 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.
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Many of the adults in the hotel are fully aware that Tulip's home life is terrible, that she is unloved and lonely, that her father is an abusive alcoholic, that her mother is clinically depressed and that both she and Tulip are physically punished by Mr Pierce. However not one of them does anything to save Tulip who is the victim of all this.
As Natalie grows older and distances herself from Tulip she begins to question why adults allow Tulip to get away with so much but yet all call her evil or wicked. Why do they pity Tulip yet do nothing to get her away from her abusive father? Even the police, when they visit Natalie and her family following Tulip's little visits to a grieving family, knowledge that Mr Pierce has a terrible temper and takes it out on his family. Natalie tries hard to explain that Tulip is in real danger of being seriously hurt or killed yet no one responds.
In today's society, social services are often seen as either being negligent or being too overbearing- for example the case of Baby P in the UK. If the teachers or Natalie's parents had gone to the social services about Tulip, she might have been saved and her very real talents- imagination, creativity, focus and determination- could have been turned to better things.
No one responds, although they often talk about her with pity or anger, and they often confuse Natalie with their attitudes- they expect her to invite Tulip over to the hotel but they wont go and visit her at home or call her themselves.
By the end of the novel, Natalie has begun to question why the adults do nothing to help Tulip when they know what is happening. Her father in particular shows that he thinks Natalie should do something but Natalie explains that as a child, she is unable to be taken seriously- she has no power to get Tulip to safety or prevent bad things from happening to her.
Although if she told the police about what Tulip liked to get up to, she might have prevented many fires this would also involve risk to herself.
The adults simply do not want to get involved either- they feel bad but choose to look after them selves first. Ultimately this novel paints a vivid picture of abuse, the signs that a child may give of a troubled home life and the true nature of bystanders who witness a crime.
Tulip is failed by everyone around her, a victim of abuse who will likely remain trapped in a world of violence, criminal behaviour and misery, becoming yet another statistic in our modern world of abused becoming abuser.
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Submit review. What you thought Average rating: Truly grusome book great ending read it once and now reading it a second. Excellent as always from Anne Fine!
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