Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the VIOLETS ARE BLUE by Barbara Dee Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:


Author: Barbara Dee

Pub. Date: October 12, 2021

Publisher:  Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

From the author of the acclaimed My Life in the Fish Tank and Maybe He Just Likes You comes a moving and relatable middle grade novel about secrets, family, and the power of forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old Wren loves makeup—special effect makeup, to be exact. When she is experimenting with new looks, Wren can create a different version of herself. A girl who isn’t in a sort-of-best friendship with someone who seems like she hates her. A girl whose parents aren’t divorced and doesn’t have to learn to like her new stepmom.

So, when Wren and her mom move to a new town for a fresh start, she is cautiously optimistic. And things seem to fall into place when Wren meets potential friends and gets selected as the makeup artist for her school’s upcoming production of Wicked.

Only, Wren’s mom isn’t doing so well. She’s taking a lot of naps, starts snapping at Wren for no reason, and always seems to be sick. And what’s worse, Wren keeps getting hints that things aren’t going well at her new job at the hospital, where her mom is a nurse. And after an opening night disaster leads to a heartbreaking discovery, Wren realizes that her mother has a serious problem—a problem that can’t be wiped away or covered up.

After all the progress she’s made, can Wren start over again with her devastating new normal? And will she ever be able to heal the broken trust with her mom?

Praise for The VIOLETS ARE BLUE:
“Dee addresses with aplomb important topics such as opioid addiction, divorce, bullying, and moving. This inspired novel deftly depicts the self-doubt and loneliness that many children (and adults) feel.” — September 2021 ― School Library Journal

I was pleasantly surprised at how deep this middle grade book was. How Dee wrote Wren and her struggles with all the changes in her life — her parents divorce, moving to a new school, friends and crushes and especially the pressure she feels to make her mom happy is so relatable. 

Tender and real, I love that this book covers the tough topics in such an easy to read and understand way for this age group. I really enjoyed the writing style, and how into makeup Wren was, how the Cat FX videos were tied into who she was and led her to the school play. Her new friend and crush were the perfect supporting characters in this title, and I  adored getting to know them all. This book is for one I am so glad will reach middle school readers.

About the Author:

Barbara Dee is the author of twelve middle grade novels published by Simon & Schuster, including Violets Are Blue, My Life in the Fish Tank, Maybe He Just Likes You, Everything I Know About You, Halfway Normal, and Star-Crossed. Her books have earned several starred reviews and have been named to many best-of lists, including the The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books, the ALA Notable Children’s Books, the ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, the NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, and the ALA Rainbow List Top Ten. Barbara lives with her family, including a naughty cat named Luna and a sweet rescue hound named Ripley, in Westchester County, New York.

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Doesn’t is sound like a must read?! Now’s your chance to WIN a copy! 3 winners from this tour will receive a finished copy of VIOLETS ARE BLUE, open to US entries only. Enter the GIVEAWAY below

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Tour Schedule:

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10/12/2021Don’t Judge, ReadReview
10/12/2021BookHounds YAReview
10/14/2021Sometimes Leelynn ReadsReview
10/14/2021Nay’s Pink BookshelfReview
10/15/2021PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

1 Comment

  1. I’ve read this author’s earlier books and know she tackles tough subjects in authentic kids’ voices. This book will be another emotional read that I can’t wait for.


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