Into the River

Into the River

eBook - 2016
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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 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Polis Books : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781943818204
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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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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