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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, Coming of Age, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


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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Editorial Reviews

"A realistic portrayal of the disease of alcoholism. A much needed resource."

"The author explores underage drinking and teen alcoholism with surprisingly non condemnatory manner. Alcohol, partying and other risky behaviors are common temptations for younger students although it is one of the more difficult subjects to talk about. Author Diane Tullson brings these issues to light with a powerful story about alcoholism and growing up." (4 out of 5 Stars)
Lane Education Service District

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