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Young Adult Fiction Law & Crime


by (author) Diane Tullson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Law & Crime, Violence, Contemporary
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 18
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price

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Seventeen-year-old Daniel’s new girlfriend says she loves him, that she’d do anything for him. She makes Daniel feel like anything is possible. So he ignores her lies. It’s not like Cyn is a bad person. Then Daniel finds out that Cyn has been using him to move drugs across the border.

Foolproof is a tough book about the consequences of gang life that asks readers to consider the line between taking risks and taking lives. Daniel crosses that line and learns a hard lesson—that no one ever thinks they are the bad guy.

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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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"Daniel is a likeable and authentic first person narrator...Foolproof is well-paced; Tullson skillfully uses the nearly constant action to develop Daniel's character. The story, itself, provides an interesting examination of our willingness to believe lies and to ignore our gut instincts in the face of a threat to our happiness by "the truth"...A high-stakes and high-interest story with a lively pace written at a lower reading level...Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"The border town setting of this novel is ideal to show how teens can get caught up in local smuggling. Naïve Daniel is perfect prey for the beautiful and apparently rich Cynthia. This novel is a warning that no one is 'foolproof'."

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"Focusing on tough themes and subjects that will resonate with adolescents...this title will immerse readers; the writing is to the point and immediate, the print size large, and the cover darkly enticing."

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