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Title:
Forever in blue : the fourth summer of the Sisterhood
ISBN:
9780385729369

9780385904131

9780329658519

9780385734011
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2007]
Physical Description:
384 pages ; 22 cm.
Number in series:
bk. 4.
Summary:
As their lives take them in different directions, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget discover many more things about themselves and the importance of their relationship with each other.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 4.4 11.

Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 11.0 112353.

Reading Counts RC High School 4.5 19 Quiz: 40265 Guided reading level: NR.
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Summary

Summary

With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.

Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.

Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.

Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one.

Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.

Join Ann Brashares's beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart.


Author Notes

Author Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in 1985. She met her husband while studying philosophy at Barnard College, which is part of Columbia University, in New York City. She worked as an editor in the hopes of saving money for graduate school, but she enjoyed her job so much that she continued to do it until she became a full-time author with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Since then, she has written five more novels in the popular series; the latest one is entitled, Sisterhood Everlasting. She has also written as her first novel for adults: The Last Summer (of You and Me). In 2005, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was adapted into a movie. She currently lives with her husband and their children in New York.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Forever in Blue (Delacorte, 2007), Ann Brashares' fourth excursion into the world of the Traveling Pants, is crisp and unexpectedly poignant at times, dealing with issues relevant to teens. Tibby has a pregnancy scare and pushes her long-time boyfriend away. Lena makes a definite break with Kostas and spreads her wings both metaphorically and physically with a fellow art student. Bridget contemplates a fling with a married professor and works on drawing her estranged family into her life. Carmen attends theater camp and lands a plum role. The girls have only phone calls, e-mails, and the Traveling Pants to tie them together, until Lena's sister loses the Pants in Greece. The crisis brings them all together. They finally realize that the Pants are not really important. The narration is performed splendidly by Angela Goethals, who perfectly voices Tibby's numbness, Lena's newfound confidence, Bridget's confusion, and Carmen's despondence. Sure to be wildly popular in both school and public libraries, but as both Tibby and Lena take the bold step of losing their virginity (without graphic descriptions), this installment is appropriate for more mature listeners.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, Oxford, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby may not be forever in blue jeans, but they do share the Traveling Pants for at least one more summer. Fans rejoin the foursome just after their freshman year in college. Carmen is attending a summer theater program in Vermont, where she unexpectedly lands a plum role and must contend with her roommate's attempts to sabotage her performance. Enrolled in a summer painting class at Rhode Island School of Design, Lena falls for a fellow student and also receives a surprise visit (his specialty) from Kostos, her former Greek beau. On an archeological dig in Turkey, Bridget finds herself attracted to a professor (who's married). And Tibby, in the most poignant story line, becomes reclusive while taking film classes at NYU, and breaks up with her devoted boyfriend, Brian, after their first sexual encounter results in a pregnancy scare. Brashares credibly recounts the emotional turmoil surrounding the girls' love, peer and family tribulations. There is just passing mention of "the Pants" and their special powers until novel's end, when the jeans, through a rather unlikely set of circumstances, disappear in Greece-an event that bands the four friends together in a countrywide search. The series' legion followers will eagerly follow each gal through her summer of ups and downs and will again be heartened by the teens' rock-solid friendship. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Readers awaiting another summer of the traveling pants will find themselves sad yet satisfied to have this final volume in the series. Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby are as beach-readable as ever, this time around learning to rely less on the magic pants and more on themselves to keep the sisterhood together whether they're miles or continents apart. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

In the fourth, and apparently final, installment in the series, Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby again go their separate ways, held together in friendship by their wise and magical Pants. Each wears the Pants for a while and sends them on, the Pants always fitting perfectly. The fairytale spirit of the narrative develops as the young women come to realize the Pants have taught them how to be together as friends, and how to be apart, too. Like the Pants, the third-person voice unites the individual stories, providing a consistent tone. Lively prose, snappy dialogue and a complex intertwining of four stories mark this outstanding series. First-time sex, fear of pregnancy and breaking up are presented delicately, with humor and poignancy. An ode to love and friendship to delight Brashares's legions of fans, who have spent a good deal of their young lives sharing the Pants along with the sisterhood. (Fiction. 12+) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

According to the publisher, this title marks one last, glorious summer for the traveling pants, and it's a time of changing identities and growing independence for the Sisterhood. As they discover new talents after their first year of college, the girls face increasingly grown-up dilemmas: an unwanted-pregnancy scare, crushes on married men, malicious co-workers, and questions about how to know if a love is lasting. By summer's end, each realizes that, with or without the pants, she is confident, talented, and lucky to share in such a nurturing lifelong friendship. A strong, satisfying conclusion that won't disappoint fans. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2006 Booklist