True Blue

Category: Book
By (author): Ellis, Deborah
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
Audience: young adult
Awards: Bank Street Best Books Kids and Teens (2013) Short-listed
John Spray Mystery Award (2012) Short-listed
Hamilton Literary Children's and Young Adult Award (2012) Winner
Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honor Selection (2012) Short-listed
Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award (2012) Short-listed
Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Published: October 2011
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.50in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*A person doesn't have to do anything important to get recognition anymore; it's enough to know someone who does. Parasitic fame. Casey was more than just a dependable camp counselor dedicated to her little buddies in Cabin Three. She was a brilliant student looking forward to a scholarship and a future career in entomology. Casey wasn't the kind of girl who would be stuck in a town like Galloway the rest of her life. She was really going places. And nobody knew this better than Jess, Casey's best friend. So how could a girl like Casey be arrested for the murder of a young camper under her care... Jess believes her friend is innocent and that the real killer will be caught; but in the meantime, she finds herself the reluctant center of attention. After all, she was also a counselor in Cabin Three. Jess must know something...right? Readers will readily sympathize with Jess, whose life begins to spin out of control. But award-winning author Deborah Ellis brings much more to the character of her complex and troubled narrator, who may not be entirely reliable. As the events surrounding the final weeks of August are slowly unveiled, readers will begin to question the very nature of friendship and how one finds the moral courage to be loyal, no matter what the consequences.
From The Publisher*The darker side of a friendship is portrayed by Jess, a seventeen-year-old who struggles to find the moral courage to remain loyal to her best friend Casey who has been accused of murdering an eight year old girl at summer camp. The town becomes a media circus and the pressures far too great for Jess to cope.
Review Quote*This intelligent mystery is a complete 180 from the author's leprosy-in-India tale, No Ordinary Day (2011), but is similar in how its impact sneaks up on you . . . The unreliability of Jess' first-person account becomes increasingly obvious as we learn the depths of Jess' jealousy and the dubiousness of her morals. The mystery here is not just a whodunit but how loyalty and betrayal can rest along such a razor's edge.
Review Quote*. . . Ellis's masterful novel makes every word count, thus highlighting Jess as a deeply conflicted, not totally reliable, narrator who is so afraid of losing the only part of her life that she values - Casey - that she doesn't realize how much her actions have cost her. A compelling and moving read, True Blue is about the courage to believe in oneself and fight for what's right, even when it is the hardest thing to do. A book worthy of any school curriculum.
Review Quote*Jess . . . grabs readers' attention and never lets it go.
Review Quote*Jess's relationship with her mentally unstable mother is beautifully nuanced, revealing the faults and reasonableness of both parties without violating Jess's perspective. Ellis creates complex adult characters as seen through the narrator's critical perspective, a difficult challenge that many YA novelists fail, or do not attempt, to achieve. Finally, Ellis's bold ending causes the message to resonate with the reader long afterwards.
Review Quote*Deborah Ellis has again delved into the psychological depths of youth and produced a story that will force readers to look inside themselves and ask - really consider - what they would do in Jess's situation.
Review Quote*Ellis has done a first-rate job of putting friendship under a literary microscope.
Review Quote*With important moral issues, gripping suspense and a surprise ending, this is a must-read book for teenagers. Once again Ellis has delved into new territory with impressive results.
Biographical Note"Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy; The Heaven Shop; I Am a Taxi; Lunch With Lenin; and No Safe Place. Deborah says of the characters she creates, ""Courage interests me - when we have it, when we don't, and how we make the decision to be brave or cowardly. There's a lot we can't control, but we can control our choices. Make them deliberately. Make them with thought and with courage."" A peace activist, feminist, and humanitarian, Deborah has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association's Notable List and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. In 2010, she received The Ontario Library Association President's Award for Exceptional Achievement. Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario."