November 2012 Indie Next List
“Blue Spooner was only two days old -- or so the doctor guessed -- when she was left in an iron kettle on Hannah Spooner's doorstep with no clues to her origins except the worn quilt she was wrapped in. Ten years later, Blue is a bright, hard-working farm girl who loves her home and the woman who has raised her, but she is still secretly waiting for her real mother to come back for her. When the editor of the town's weekly paper asks Blue to fill in for their regular gossip columnist, she sees it as an opportunity to do some sleuthing into her own past. True Colors brings rural 1950s Vermont and the characters of Blue's community vividly to life.”
— Sandy Scott, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock's beautifully told, warm hearted novel tells the story of one girl's journey to find the mother she never had, set against the period backdrop of a small farming town in 1950s Vermont. For her entire life, 10-year-old Blue has never known her mother. On a cold, wintry day in December of 1941, she was found wrapped in a quilt, stuffed in a kettle near the home of Hannah Spooner, an older townswoman known for her generosity and caring. Life with Hannah so far has been simple—mornings spent milking cows, afternoons spent gardening and plowing the fields on their farm. But Blue finds it hard not to daydream about her mother, and over the course of one summer, she resolves to finally find out who she is. That means searching through the back issues of the local newspaper, questioning the local townspeople, and searching for clues wherever she can find them. Her search leads her down a road of self-discovery that will change her life forever.
About the Author
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock is the author of sixteen distinguished books for children. These range from her first novel, The Canada Geese Quilt, an ALA Notable Book, to her popular picture book The Bear That Heard Crying. All of the stories have one thing in common: They are based either on the author's own life or on true stories passed down through the seven generations of her family that have lived in northern Vermont.
When she isn't writing, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock keeps herself busy as an athlete, naturalist, artist, book lover, bagpiper, and rescuer of three horses, seven cats, and eight dogs. She and her husband live in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.