Valerie O. Patterson

The Other Side of Blue

Fifteen-year-old Cyan, named after the color blue by her artist mother, feels blue in all its shades, when she returns to the Caribbean one year after the loss of her father, drowned in an inexplicable boating accident. Expected to play host to a potential stepsister, Cyan’s past and future seem colored by mystery. Did her mother drive her father away? If he killed himself, why didn’t he leave her a note to help her understand? And what is she to make of the ice bucket and shattered champagne glasses found on board, or the promises of information from the local rich-boy? As the gulf between her mother and herself grows, Cyan must explore the depths of the color blue—the blue of sadness, the ocean, the horizon, and herself—in this story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, hope.

Excerpts from reviews. . .

“[I]n her memorable first-person voice, filled with the minute observations of a young artist, Cyan sketches out with believable detail the beautiful setting, the unspoken family tension, and her fragile recovery of hope after loss.” Gillian Engberg, Booklist 10/​15/​2009

“There’s a smoothness and clarity here that recall Zibby Oneal or Frances O’Roark Dowell, and fans of those writers as well as readers drawn by family dramas with a bit of mystery will relish a sojourn on the island with Cyan." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, November 2009.

Selected Works

"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family. -- Publisher's Weekly Junior Library Guild Selection 2013, VOYA Top Shelf Selection Middle School 2013
Teen Fiction
“A story tender and true...each word seems to shimmer.”
–Han Nolan, National Book Awardee

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