Cynthia Lord was inspired to write TOUCH BLUE by her own experience as a Maine island school teacher, and by a community of islanders also off the coast of Maine that once took in foster children in order to keep their school open. Lord’s debut novel, RULES, was awarded a Newbery Honor and the Schneider Family Book Award, among its many distinctions. TOUCH BLUE is her second novel. Lord lives on the mainland in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com.