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School Library Journal calls True Blue “A compelling and moving read… worthy of any school curriculum”

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by pajamapress

Ellis explores the courage it takes to stand up for a friend in a town shattered by a murder. Jess’s best friend, Casey White, has ambition and passion. A budding entomologist, she seeks an adventurous life outside their small town. So when Casey is inexplicably arrested for the murder of a girl at a camp where the teens are counselors, Jess feels incredibly alone. The townspeople are quick to assume Casey’s guilt. While Jess’s mother (a woman with a mental illness) demands a call to action to release Casey from jail, Jess says nothing to defend her best friend to her cruel and small-minded classmates. Jess wants Casey to be exonerated and goes so far as to dream up an escape plan but, in the end, she fails to come to Casey’s aid and actually helps the prosecution build the against her. 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.

–Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Northampton Community College, Hawley, PA

Amazon Review of True Blue by Monica Kulling

Posted on March 6th, 2012 by pajamapress

“TRUE BLUE is gripping and suspenseful, and its surprise ending will leave readers demanding that Deborah Ellis write another mystery.”

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Canadian Children’s Booknews review of True Blue

Posted on February 7th, 2012 by pajamapress

“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.”

Kirkus Review of True Blue

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by pajamapress

“Known for powerful tales of social injustice in the developing world, Ellis here offers readers a flawed but gripping character study of teens in small-town Canada…. Jess—sharply insightful, but selfish and entirely lacking in empathy—may be a piece of work, but she grabs readers’ attention and never lets it go”

McNally Robinson Review of True Blue

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by pajamapress

“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.”

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CanLit for Little Canadians review of True Blue

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by pajamapress

“Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda. That could be Jess’ catchphrase, especially when it comes to the choices she makes with respect to her best friend, Casey White, a.k.a. Praying Mantis…Many reviewers speak of True Blue as a departure for Deborah Ellis from her issues-driven books such as The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, and I am a Taxi, set in developing countries.  But I see True Blue as a furtherance of Ellis’ writing into the behaviours of young when faced with hardships (whether physical or motional) in order to cope or even survive.  The choices may not always be the best, in the eyes of the reader or an adult, but they are adopted and their consequences endured or embraced.  Ellis has created a real story about young people we may know and given us much to ponder about choices made. Brilliant.”

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Rachel’s Reading Timbits Review of Deborah Ellis’s True Blue

Posted on December 12th, 2011 by pajamapress

Check out Rachel’s Reading Timbits for a great review of Deborah Ellis’s novel, True Blue!

True Blue: An Engaging and Gripping Read

 

Deborah Ellis at Another Story Bookshop, Wednesday Oct 26

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 by pajamapress

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Extraordinary Women Interview — Deborah Ellis

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by pajamapress

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Deborah Ellis connecting with her fans at Word on the Street

Posted on September 30th, 2011 by pajamapress

Deborah spoke in the Vibrant Voices tent last Sunday, during Word on the Street festival 2011, Toronto. She read from her new novels, True Blue, Pajama Press and No Ordinary Day, Groundwood Books”