Top teen book`literary porn’

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The sexually explicit content of a novel that picked up the top prize at this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards has concerned an Oamaru mother and counsellor.

But the author makes no apology for the racy content, saying the story was written to speak directly and strongly to young Maori men, even if it risks upsetting parents and booksellers.

Ted Dawe’s teen novel Into the River begins its dramatic journey on the East Coast, and won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.

The coming-of-age novel follows its protagonist from his childhood in small town rural New Zealand to an elite Auckland boarding school where he must forge his own way, including battling with his cultural identity.

The book uses expletives including the c-word and depicts drug use and sex scenes, including one where a baby mimics the sounds of intercourse.

 

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