Into the River is now unbanned!

Winner of Best Book

Winner of Young Adult Fiction

“...Ted Dawe's best novel to date. It is a story that he needed to tell and it is enthralling from start to finish... this book had to be written. It has strong boy appeal and cultural significance. One of the best books for teenagers I have read this year.”

“A tough, gutsy page-turner that pushes the limits, just like Ted's earlier YA novel, Thunder Road.”

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On September 6 Into the River was made subject to a legal restraint order which required that no copies could be sold until after it was reviewed by the censorship board. The review began on October 2nd and finished on October 14. Into the River is now legal to sell again.

Some rivers should not be swum in.

Some rivers hold secrets that can never be told.

When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The bot who struggles to the bank is not the same one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted.

Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with no-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.

This is a prequel to Ted Dawe's award winning novel 'Thunder Road'.