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Follow the Blue

By Brigid Lowry

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Format: Paperback, 205 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 April 2006
Life isn't neat and tidy. It's like a whole lot of balls of brightly colored wool thrown in a basket, with stray beginnings and endings and possibilities everywhere. Let's follow the blue.

Fifteen-year-old Bec has always been the good girl. Growing up with an eccentric celebrity chef mother and a father who suffers from depression, Bec is used to taking care of her two younger siblings and being labeled "the sensible one." But when Bec's parents decide to take a six-week tour of the U.S., she decides that she is sick of being responsible and is ready for some adventures of her own. She meets a new friend named Jaz, dyes her hair, wins money, throws her first party, and then there's the boy thing... In this intoxicating novel by award-winning author and poet Brigid Lowry, Bec realizes that maybe she isn't so ordinary after all--and that sometimes it doesn't hurt to, as her mother would say, "lighten up and enjoy the ride."

About the Author

Brigid Lowry is the author of award-winning poetry, short stories, and young adult novels. She is well-known in Australia, where her first novel, Guitar Highway Rose, was a runaway success with young readers and a finalist for or winner of numerous prestigious awards. She spent much of her life in Australia but now lives in New Zealand, where she was born and raised.

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I really like the idea in this novel of following one thread or point of view to tell a story - the title comes from the decision to follow the blue instead of the green or tangled purple. It is a good way to begin a story because, as Lowry writes, life is more complicated than a beginning, middle and end. Bec tells this story. She is 15, and it is through her we find out her about father's breakdown and the consequences it has on the rest of the family. Because of Lowry's use of the thread motif the reader is always aware of other points of view. A clever technique, and it makes for very interesting reading. I loved this novel, it was warm and sensitive to the issues of differences in people, but wasn't boring. Bec sometimes seems too good to be true as she analyses and looks after everyone around her, but humour saves the day and, after all, she is the one telling the story. This is a novel about change and how people cope with it. Great to recommend to that young person who wants a really good story with a beginning, a middle, and a end, despite what Lowry writes! Chris Page is co-owner of Pages & Pages Bookshops. C. 2001 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

Gr 8 Up-This coming-of-age novel set in Australia is peppered with local slang. Bec, the narrator, has a carefree, dashing style, and sprinklings of familiar family dramas, school-lunch gossips, and inevitable crushes on older boys abound. At 15, she must cope with her father's breakdown and gradual recovery, her parents' extended trip abroad, and the "dull and plodding" housekeeper who is put in charge. Flying by the seat of her apricot chiffon skirt, Bec fields her younger siblings' quirks, deals with peer pressure to experiment with drugs and lose her "vees," and experiences the skateboard recklessness of first love. Essentially a well-balanced, bright, and creative girl, she finds too much happening in her life and has trouble coping. Readers will identify with her caution, whimsy, and outrageousness-a fine adolescent mix of good girl and free spirit. Despite Bec's often feeling like a complete "wally," she is very likable and ingenuous. Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations. An of-the-moment quality permeates this novel, with frequent mentions of current pop bands and fashion fads. Although it may become quickly dated, this one is worth "bunging" onto the shelves as it's a "hell-fun" read.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Imagine a more functional Georgia Nicholson (of Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging") in Perth, Australia, and you'll have the main character in this exhilarating novel." -"Booklist" "Funny, fresh characters...A fun read from down under." -"Kirkus " "[An] inviting Australian novel by the author of "Guitar Highway"" Rose" .Readers will find Bec's anecdotes compelling." -"Publishers Weekly"" "Funny, fresh characters A fun read from down under." -"Kirkus "" "Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations .This one is worth 'bunging' onto the shelves as it's a 'hell-fun' read." -"School Library Journal"" "A lot goes on in this very funny romp, some of it quite profound .[A] delightful trip down under." -"Booklist"" "Imagine a more functional Georgia Nicholson (of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging) in Perth, Australia, and you'll have the main character in this exhilarating novel." --Booklist"[An] inviting Australian novel by the author of Guitar Highway Rose....Readers will find Bec's anecdotes compelling." --Publishers Weekly"Funny, fresh characters...A fun read from down under." --Kirkus"Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations....This one is worth 'bunging' onto the shelves as it's a 'hell-fun' read." --School Library Journal"A lot goes on in this very funny romp, some of it quite profound....[A] delightful trip down under." --Booklist Imagine a more functional Georgia Nicholson (of Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging") in Perth, Australia, and you'll have the main character in this exhilarating novel. "Booklist" [An] inviting Australian novel by the author of "Guitar Highway"" Rose" .Readers will find Bec's anecdotes compelling. "Publishers Weekly" Funny, fresh characters A fun read from down under. "Kirkus" Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations .This one is worth bunging' onto the shelves as it's a hell-fun' read. "School Library Journal" A lot goes on in this very funny romp, some of it quite profound .[A] delightful trip down under. "Booklist"" " Imagine a more functional Georgia Nicholson (of Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging") in Perth, Australia, and you'll have the main character in this exhilarating novel." - "Booklist" " [An] inviting Australian novel by the author of "Guitar Highway"" Rose.".. .Readers will find Bec's anecdotes compelling." - "Publishers Weekly" " Funny, fresh characters... A fun read from down under." - "Kirkus" " Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations... .This one is worth ' bunging' onto the shelves as it's a ' hell-fun' read." - "School Library Journal" " A lot goes on in this very funny romp, some of it quite profound... .[A] delightful trip down under." - "Booklist"

EAN: 9780312342975
ISBN: 0312342977
Publisher: Griffin
Dimensions: 21.03 x 14.17 x 1.37 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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