Mams's trippin'Mama's Trippin' Fremantle Press 2006

  • Shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2006
  • Shortlisted West Australian Young Reader's Book Awards 2007 (Older Readers' Category)

She's got this great dirty laugh, my mum. Just bursts right out in the worst possible places. And sometimes, when the joke is extra filthy, her eyes expand; her mop of dark blond hair flies back, then this obscene cackle erupts from deep inside her. Which is why, I suppose, after everything that's happened, there's an ache in my heart - I know I've got to find her ...

Von's mum has been gone for over ten years when, out of the blue, she invites him to New Zealand. Charlene works nights at Endorphin, a Wellington nightclub; her boyfriend's running from the cops, and she's struggling to keep her two-year-old daughter.

Trapped in Charlene's chaotic world, Von spends every night at home playing parent to Stella. And then things go badly wrong - drugs, kidnapping, murder ...

Von is drawn to the home of his Moriori ancestors. The answers wait for him there, but does he have the strength to find them?


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