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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

Blue Highway

by (author) Diane Tullson

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Coming of Age
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
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A thought-provoking novel from a major voice in young adult fiction

Truth and Skye are just like all their high-school friends They love to drive cars, they love to party, and they booze it up whenever they can

And when the two girls find summer jobs at the local pizza shop, they see no reason to change their habits They befriend Vale, a co-worker who is grateful for their attention But the two really only have eyes for Vale's car, which she will get as soon as she passes her driving exam Cars mean freedom - freedom to go where they want and do what they please

Truth doesn't know why, but she can't seem to get what she really wants And she wants Ryan, the seriously handsome guy who works at the pizza oven Truth's reckless behavior does catch his attention, but not in a good way And as the summer progresses, Truth watches herself gradually lose control in a series of self-destructive acts One day she'll be able to stop but will that day come too late?

A gripping story - by the author of the critically acclaimed Edge, Blue Highway explores teen alcoholism in a way that is neither didactic nor judgmental

Once again Diane Tullson demonstrates a keen awareness of what drives ordinary teenagers in trouble - their loyalties, their petty jealousies and that aching sense of isolation that makes them withdraw from the world

About the author

Diane Tullson grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and has studied English literature, journalism and editing. Before becoming an author, Diane worked in newspaper, radio and travel. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia and the Writers Union of Canada. Diane has been nominated for many awards, including the Stellar Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Diane lives with her family in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit

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