Coming Home to Roost
Mary-Anne Scott lives in Havelock North
Finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
2017 Storylines Notable Book Award
Her mother is children’s author, Joy Watson
From the author –
Elliot Barnard, or Rooster to his mates, is in trouble. He’s already disappointed his family with his choices and his father has sent him off to another city to work for a while with an ex-naval officer, Arnie, who owns a security business. Elliot’s just found his groove in his new life when he hears his punk-rocker, ex-girlfriend, Lena, is trying to track him down — and he knows why.
Being holed up with grumpy Arnie and two cats, suddenly seems a desirable place to be and Elliot keeps a low profile so Lena can’t find him. Some problems are hard to ignore and this particular problem just gets bigger….
In the midst of Elliot’s lonely, down-profile life, he meets Zeya, a girl who is strong and honourable – the polar opposite of Lena. Elliot knows he’s on a collision course but ignores the pleas of his brother, Rick, his best mate, Deeks, and even Arnie to let his parents know what’s ahead. It’s only when there’s an horrific work place accident and Elliot’s parents come to help him that his carefully constructed world of lies becomes blown open.
This story has many interwoven themes, ie young love, racial tensions and acceptances, relationships, honesty, sex but essentially it’s a story of family; the way family loyalty and love always triumph.