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Mama's Trippin'/Watson-Kell, K/Paper/1921064072/S028-A
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Von hasn't seen his mum Charlene for ten years when, out of the blue, she invites him to New Zealand. But Charlene works nights at a Wellington dance club, her partner's done a bolt, and she's not coping with her toddler daughter.... Trapped in his mother's chaotic world, Von ends up spending evenings at home playing parent to 'the Torturer'. When things start to go really wrong - kidnap, drugs and murder - Von is drawn to the home of his Moriori ancestors where answers await... but does he have the strength to find them.
Following the success of Juice, Katy Watson-Kell's second novel tackles, with similar sensitivity, contemporary issues relevant to young adult readers, including family, identity and drugs and alcohol.