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Diane Tullson is the author of four books for teen readers: Red Sea, Saving Jasey, Edge, and Blue Highway. Born in Calgary, Alberta, she studied English literature and journalism, and has published with a number of magazines. Today she writes fulltime from her home in Delta, British Columbia, which she shares with her family and their golden retriever. Visit Diane's website at www.dianetullson.com.
Gr 8-10-Marlie, who has just started high school, is having a difficult time. Her father, estranged from her family, has taken her younger brother and has not contacted her mother. Her childhood friend has dropped her for the popular crowd, and is friends with a girl who torments Marlie whenever she has the opportunity. In an effort to survive, Marlie falls in with some outcasts who band together for protection against those who tease and belittle them. It is an uneasy situation, however, when one member of the group plans a vicious practical joke for the upcoming dance and threatens those around him, including Marlie, when they protest. While the novel has a pat ending, the author perfectly captures the type of persecution in school halls that can be utterly terrifying for teens. It is difficult to get a feeling for the size of the school and the town, but that lends a universal quality to the story. Purchase for public and school libraries, especially if intolerance is a serious issue.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
After losing her best friend to a hip (and mean) group of girls, 14-year-old Marlie finds high school to be her "personal war zone" in Tullson's (Saving Jasey) second problem novel, about teen bullying gone to extremes. When a circle of outcasts befriends Marlie, she slowly realizes that one of its leaders, Mike, is dangerous-he's used a boy to escalate a game of retaliation and he's beaten a girlfriend. Now Mike plans to create havoc at a school dance, by leading Marlie and the others to spray paint on the attendees-but could Mike be planning to use a real gun instead of a paint sprayer? Marlie's social woes are not her only source of angst: her younger brother has been kidnapped by their father (their parents are divorced) and her mother can focus on nothing but her own despair. Marlie finds solace with her mother's friend, Chuck, an undertaker whose avuncular support makes him the most affecting character in the novel. A melodramatic climax leads to a tidy ending, in which Marlie hatches a plot to have Mike turned in and manages to find her brother. Marlie's afflictions multiply into a morass that bogs down the narrative and nullifies the suspense. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
." . . the author perfectly captures the type of persecution in school halls that can be utterly terrifying for teens." -- School Library Journal ." . . the author perfectly captures the type of persecution in school halls that can be utterly terrifying for teens." -- School Library Journal ." . . the author perfectly captures the type of persecution in school halls that can be utterly terrifying for teens." -- School Library Journal