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"Life is challenging for 16-year-old Jahnine Byrne. Her mother is in hospital battling cancer, her elder brother has gone without a trace, and Jahnine has dropped out of school. A family legend blames their bad luck on a patu that her great-great-grandfather took during the New Z... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781877514500
Barcode 9781877514500
Published 1 November 2012 by Oratia Media
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Tipene, Tim
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ISBN-13 9781877514500
ISBN-10 1877514500
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oratia Media
Imprint Oratia Books
Publication Date 1 November 2012
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Tipene, Tim
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 328g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 823.2
Catalogue Code 297927

Description of this Book

In this powerful new novel for teenagers, 16-year-old Jahnine is having to fend for herself amidst a series of family misfortunes, with her mother is in hospital battling cancer and her brother gone without a trace. Family legend has it that a patu taken during the Land Wars by her great-great-grandfather has left a curse on them. Determined to return the patu and lift the curse, Jahnine turns to a strange Maori boy, Andy, and follows him away from Auckland to try and put things right. Nothing turns out the way she imagines in this powerful coming-of-age novel from Tim Tipene.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is a powerful story with strong themes about the alienation of Maori city youth from their whanau [family] and culture.

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Author's Bio

Tim Tipene is the award-winning author of children's picture books and junior novels including Kura Toa: Warrior School, Bullies and Warriors and Taming the Taniwha. A youth and self-defence counsellor, he leads the Warrior Kids programme (outlined in his recent manual, Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children). Tim lives with his family in Sunnyvale, Auckland.

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