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Carnegie Medal

Children's Laureate 2001-2003

Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992

Whitbread Award 1993, 1996

Guardian Fiction Award 1990

THE TULIP TOUCH

The cover of 'The Tulip Touch'

 She's mad. There has to be something wrong with her. She's insane.

Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school, cheeks the teachers, and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling the most awful lies.

None of this matters to Natalie. Natalie finds Tulip exciting, and at first she doesn't care that other people are so upset and unnerved by Tulip's bizarre games like Stinking Mackerel and Road of Bones. It's funny to watch their reactions, and there's always the delicious fear that the two girls might be caught. But as the games become increasingly sinister and dangerous, Natalie realizes that Tulip is going too far. Much too far.


Winner of the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year
Highly commended for the Carnegie Medal

Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, 1997.
Runner up for the Lancs Library Children's Book of the Year
Wirral Paperback of the Year, 1998.
Federation of Children's Book Groups Pick of the Year, 1996
Shortlisted for West Kent Schools Themed Book Award 2009

In the USA, The Tulip Touch was chosen as an ALA Notable Children's Book; the Booklist Editor's Choice - "Top of the List" Fiction; Bulletin, Blue Ribbon List, 1997; School Library Journal's "Best Books of '97"; River Bank Review "Children's Book of Distinction", Arizona Library Association Young Readers Award 200 Nomination.



"The Tulip Touch grapples with the topical question of what turns children into criminals. It engrossingly chronicles a childhood friendship with a disadvantaged girl who goes to the bad. This novel will make children aged between 11 and 14 think about the dangers of peer pressure and the collective responsibility of society for unhappy children. As always, Fine teaches her lessons by making her readers feel."

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

"The peerless vigour of Fine's writing, and the provocative question of whether our society is even trying to catch its 'evil' ones as they fall, make this an extraordinary powerful novel.

"Tulip is the violent child about to crack, the child who echoes famous cases in our recent news. What elevates this subtle telling is that Fine manages to convey sympathetically the probable reasons why Tulip is the way she is."

Books for Keeps

"It's a brilliant book."

Ian Hislop

"Anne Fine uses simple prose to great effect. The language is usually more dramatic and economical than descriptive. Every sentence is precisely constructed to ensure clear meaning."

Ruth Coleman (in her introduction to the Longman (school) edition)


The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine is a novel for older children. It was first published in 1996, and is currently available in the following editions (Click the link to buy the book from Buy from Amazon), or use the ISBN to help your local bookshop or library to order it for you:

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