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The story of two brothers, born and raised in the shadow of Taranaki Maunga, by 'one of Aotearoa's finest writers' (NZ Listener). Perfect for fans of Aue by Becky Manawatu, Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, and Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.
After the death of both parents, Kauri and Black must find a way to survive in a world that doesn't care much about them. Kauri embarks on a journey into his father's past, to come to terms with the trauma he's experienced in his short life, and to break the cycle of violence he fears perpetuating as he raises his younger brother.
The Bone Tree is a gritty coming of age novel, where the unforgettable young protagonist faces immense challenges, and the stakes are life or death - yet it also has a lyrical beauty, and a powerful message of love at its heart. It gives voice to characters who are on the margins of society, raised in poverty, and who have a deep mistrust in the systems that are meant to protect them - and it considers the question of how we can best protect the ones we love.
Pages : 304
Publisher : Hachette NZ
Publication date : 2023-08-08