Into the River

Into the River

Book - 2016
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Wanting more than the Maori customs and rituals provide Te Arepa believes his prayers are answered when he is awarded a scholarship to a boarding school across the country.
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ :, Polis Books,, 2016
Edition: First hardcover edition
Description: 270 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781943818198
Branch Call Number: TEEN Dawe


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Oct 26, 2015

Ted Dawe has added considerably to the world-wide genre of boarding school stories for teenagers with ' Into the River'. Beautifully written, it is set in a fictional prestigious boys' boarding school in Auckland.It is boarding school life about all sorts of New Zealanders from very different backgrounds thrown together with only the school and its traditions to enable them to make friends, support each other and survive the experiences.It may be explicit and unpalatable but similar scenarios and events are in newspapers, on the TV news or available on line on a daily basis. It provides a reality check in the 21st century as to how teenagers behave and how they react to outside influences as they develop their value standards and stand up for what they believe in.It makes grim reading in parts but like all good stories, there is hope for the future.Book banning is never a good idea except that it has the effect of creating a demand and broadening the readership.

DevilStateDan Oct 31, 2013

A beautifully written book about growing up and finding your own identity, coping in a changing society and staying respectful of your own heritage
As good as Looking For Alaska by John Green but with the bonus of being all about NZ!

ChristchurchLib Sep 10, 2013

Read our blog post "Libraries: Intellectual freedom and access to information"
on Into the river by Ted Dawe not getting explicit content stickers.

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