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Elliot is on the run from a situation that's just too big to handle. Sooner or later, it's going to catch up with him.

Elliot is on the run from a situation that's just too big to handle. Sooner or later, it's going to catch up with him.

Elliot’s in need of a fresh start, so he’s dispatched to a new city to work as an apprentice electrician. His boss, Arnie, is an ex-naval officer whose bad temper and frequent advice don’t make for easy living — but Elliot’s out of options.

Elliot is just settling into some sort of routine when a disturbing rumour surfaces about his ex-girlfriend, Lena.

As Lena tries to track him down, Elliot dives for cover. But a problem this big only attracts more problems, and, after a shocking workplace accident, they’re all going to catch up with him at once.

The question is, will Elliot come out of hiding and face them head on?

Coming Home to Roost is a fast-paced, bighearted novel about an age-old situation, from the award-winning author of Snakes and Ladders.


Well that is a book. A blimmin great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it . . . I liked Elliot enormously, and I loved the relationship between him and Arnie, it felt very real and genuine.

Bridget Schaumann, librarian at Kings High School, Dunedin

MARY-ANNE SCOTT'S first novel Snakes and Ladders, aimed at teenagers, particularly boys, is fantastic. It won the 2013 young adult category of the Children's Choice award at the NZ Post Book Awards. It was also short listed for the 2013 LIANZA awards. However, the Havelock North-based author, mum and musician's new novel Coming Home to Roost, also written from a young man's perspective, is a whole lot better.

Linda Hall, Daily Post

This novel, written for young adults, was a real page turner. Too often novels written for young adults are depressing and bleak. While Elliot definitely had some hard learning on his way to growing up the story remained upbeat. The unwanted pregnancy was handled with dignity. His encounter with racism was a learning curve for him. His relationships with his mother and father, one time girlfriend and friends is sympathetically portrayed. It is the story of an ordinary young lad growing up in an ordinary family. It is a real New Zealand story and I loved it.

Margaret Reilly, Horowhenua Chronicle

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 30, 2016

    Longacre Child

    256 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook


    May 30, 2016

    RHNZ Children’s ebooks

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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award
    Notable Book
    Storylines Notable Book