Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

by Dianne Bates

Orphaned then abandoned by long-term foster carers, teenager Sophie lives with Amy and Matt.  For a long time and unknown to others, Sophie has been self-mutilating: more recently she has been in therapy. Concerned about Sophie’s increasing depression, the doctor admits her to a hospital.  There Sophie is placed in an adolescent ward where she forms tentative relationships with other troubled teenagers and begins sessions with psychiatrist, Helen Marshall. However, the doctor crosses the patient-therapist line, but so too does Sophie ...

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ISBN: 978-1-876462-70-3

Publication date: August 2008

Extent:  215 pages

Format: B format paperback

Price: AUD$16.95  

Category: self-harm fiction

Age guide: Young Adult

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About the Author

Dianne (Di) Bates has published 100 books for young readers, including two YA novels, The Last Refuge and Crossing the Line (Ford Street). However, most of Di’s books are for the 7 to 12 age group. 

Di’s best known books are the Grandma Cadbury and the Bushranger series. The latter includes Desert Dan, the Dunnyman, which won the Kids’ Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA). Grandma Cadbury’s Trucking Tales also won the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, while Di’s picture book Big Bad Bruce is in the KOALA Hall of Fame for multiple nominations. Di’s I Am An Australian non-fiction title won a special award in the Multicultural Australian Literature Awards. 

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  • Shortlisted, 2009 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, NSW Premier's Awards