Into The River by Ted DaweInto The River by Ted Dawe

Into The River

byTed Dawe

Hardcover | June 24, 2016

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Winner of the Margaret Mahy Award Some rivers should not be swum in. Some rivers hold secrets that can never be told." Te Arepa is an adventurous Maori boy, bound to the history, customs and rituals of his people. Yet when he comes upon a giant eel while fishing, he is convinced the creature is a taniwha, or water demon, and follows it. Yet what Te Arepa finds in the river is far different, far more sinister. And it will change his life forever.Te Arepa has always been curious about experiencing life beyond his tribe. His wishes seem granted when he is awarded a scholarship at a prestigious boarding school, far away from the Maori. Leaving behind his family and their traditions, Te Arepa sets out to discover a strange new world with customs of its own... as well as new enemies.When he arrives at school, Te Arepa finds the freedom and everything it offers intoxicating. But to fit in, he realizes that he must shed his identity, culture, and even his name. And he comes to realize that what the water demon showed him in the darkness of the river that day changed him, and that freedom comes with a heavy price. "
Ted Dawe has worked over the years as an insurance clerk, store man, builder's labourer and fitter's mate, and flown hot air balloons over Hyde Park. He's also been a university student, world traveler, high school teacher, and English language teacher. His first novel,Thunder Road, won both the Young Adult Fiction section and the Bes...
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Title:Into The RiverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.73 × 6.09 × 1.01 inPublished:June 24, 2016Publisher:Polis BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943818193

ISBN - 13:9781943818198

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Both daring and compulsively readable, inInto the River Ted Dawe combines mythology, history and gritty realism into a powerful novel. An outstanding piece of world literature.' -John Boyne, #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas "I was entirely gripped by INTO THE RIVER, and struck by how relevant its content is to a contemporary teenage audience. This is an important, skillfully-told novel, and it deserves to be talked about. In short, I love this book. I'm not sure I can praise it enough.' -Lucy Christopher, author ofStolen, a Printz Award honor book, andFlyaway, shortlisted for the Costa Award "Te Arepa/Devon is a deeply compelling character... Readers will either see themselves in Devon and his story or will reconsider their own roles in their schools' social structures... an object lesson in how systems of power perpetuate themselves.' -Kirkus Reviews 'Determined and curious teens will find this work thought provoking, eye-opening, and maybe even familiar.' -School Library Journal "Te Arepa, who cycles through a believable variety of identities and struggles, is beautifully vivid. The compassionate depiction of the teen's choices, both good and bad, as well as the candid portrayal of life at an all-boys school, packed as it is with drugs, drinking, sex, and violent bullying, will give this significant appeal for fans of character-driven novels where the conclusions aren't very rosy, let alone clearly definitive.' -Booklist "Riveting... Into the River is a raw story that rings true. Older teens will devour this fresh, engaging coming-of-age novel about personal identity and poisonous social inequality, the excitement and terror of adolescence, the nuances of friendship and freedom and much more." -Shelf Awareness "Emphasizes the complications of culture, loyalty, and consequences when 'there is freedom and then there is everything else.' -Publishers Weekly "