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The Tomo, NZ Book Awards Finalist!


OneTree House is thrilled to announce that The Tomo by Mary-anne Scott is a finalist in the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2022.


The awards committee said it was a bumper year for entries in this category. The judges say the finalists stand out with not only original concepts, but also accomplished world building, authentic characterisation and settings, and, ultimately, well-written stories for this important age group.

Find all NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalists here.


More about The Tomo



"Gripping, moving, character rich." - Poetry Box Review
"Mary-anne Scott is close to taking Aotearoa’s crown for best-written young men." - Kete review

Phil, and his father’s beloved heading dog, Blue, have to spend the Christmas break working on a sheep station while Phil’s dad undergoes out-of-town cancer treatment. The station manager, Chopper, isn’t happy having a teenager in his care and certainly not a sheepdog that doesn’t understand his signals. Things start to improve for Phil when Chopper’s step-daughter, Emara arrives back from holiday, but a wayward ram and a poor decision plummets both boy and dog into danger.

Phil will need all the strength he’s got to get out alive.

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