Crossing the Line (Ford Street Publishing) www.fordstreetpublishing.com
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 ... Short-listed for the 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
This is a moving and sensitive story on the topic of self-harm which is prevalent in high schools around the country. The book also deals with obsession and stalking.
"A profoundly sensitive exploration of emotional agony . . . an engrossing read."
"Drama, pathos, nail-biting stuff – this is Dianne Bates at her best."