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Mama's Trippin'

by Katy Watson-kell

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Von leaves Fremantle to stay with his mother Charlene in NZ. Although it is Von’s Dad Jake who is the native New Zealander. V soon discovers that is Mum is in “it” –big time! Her ex (his step sister Stella’s Dad) is a dealer and wanted not only be the police but also by a nasty piece of work called Mike who bashes his Mum. V has to take care of S while his mum sleeps or works at night. Then she disappears & welfare are after them too. Where can V go except back to the Chatham islands home of his ancestors The Moriori (who were a tribe massacred by the invading Maori & whites)? A brutal novel with a sort of happy ending. p.37 –40Chantelle comes home after night in the club
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Companion title to Juice, can be read alone. Vons mum, Charlene, has been gone for ten years when, out of the blue, she asks him to visit her in New Zealand. Charlenes a dancer at Endorphin, a Wellington nightclub, her partner is running from the cops, and shes struggling to keep her two-year-old daughter Stella. Trapped in his mothers chaotic world, Von spends every night at home playing parent to Stella. Some holiday. Still, its not too bad on Cuba Street Von likes the quirky people who live there. But when things go badly wrong, Vons drawn to the home of his Moriori ancestors where the old ones wait to help him - if he has the strength to listen to them. A fast-paced contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of an inspiring cultural struggle.… (more)

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