WINNER,Young Adult Fiction Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2021
Twelve-year-old Niko lives in Pohe Bay, a small, rural town with a sacred hot spring – and a taniwha named Taukere. The government wants to build a prison over the home of the taniwha, and Niko’s grandfather is busy protesting. People call him pōrangi, crazy, but when he dies, it’s up to Niko to convince his community that the taniwha is real and stop the prison from being built. With help from his friend Wai, Niko must unite his whānau, honour his grandfather and stand up to his childhood bully.
October 23, 2020
138 x 210 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"Shilo gives you a snapshot of life in Aotearoa, with the gritty reality but also some humour and great characters that you route for. "
"Where this book shines the brightest is in Shilo Kino’s uncontestable genius for crafting believable, authentic voices that are thoroughly rooted in this place, these times. You feel the shapes of the words in your mouth, hear the resonance they leave in your ears – and the resonance of these words and this book is clear and long-lasting."
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