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Young Adult Fiction Pirates

Red Sea

by (author) Diane Tullson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Pirates, Survival Stories, General (see also headings under Social Themes)
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    Sep 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12


Fourteen-year-old Libby didn't want to go on a year long sailing adventure with her mother and her stepfather, Duncan, and she isn't about to let them forget it. Traveling through the Red Sea, Libby causes them to be late and make a dangerous crossing alone. When modern-day pirates attack, Duncan is killed and Libby's mother is left seriously injured and unconscious. Libby is left alone on a crippled boat to find safety and help for her mother. Libby must call on all her strength and face some hard truths about herself if she is to survive and reach land. A thrilling tale of one girl's struggle for survival against the elements and her inner demons, Red Sea is adventure writing at its best.

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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  • Winner, Stellar Award
  • Commended, Tayshas List
  • Commended, ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice starred selection
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award nominee

Excerpt: Red Sea (by (author) Diane Tullson)

A dhow, an open wooden boat about the same length as ours, is motoring alongside, thudding into our hull. From the edge of the sun, another boat hurtles toward us.
I sense the gunfire more than hear it.
Duncan is yelling at Mom, "Those are warning shots. Cut the engine! They won't hurt us if we cooperate."

Editorial Reviews

"Packed with attitude and action, this is an adventure YA's will rip right through."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...sure to become a staple in booktalks and a favorite of adventure readers."


2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list


"An absolute page-turner."


"A suspense filled tale of survival and coming of age for one 14 year old named Libby. [The elements] ring amazingly true and are told with sensitivity and emotional depth. Lib’s story is one you’re not likely to forget."

Puget Sound Council

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