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  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775530824
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

K Road


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Meet Jazz and Roxy and their mates, kids living on the edge, in a gritty YA novel by the author of the New Zealand Post Award-winning Thunder Road.

Meet Jazz and Roxy and their mates, kids living on the edge, in a gritty YA novel by the author of the New Zealand Post Award-winning Thunder Road.

In K Road we’re introduced to a scattering of marginalised, demi-underworld characters whose lives connect and collide in a gripping narrative. K Road is peopled by transients, surfies, gang members, street kids, P-heads, kids on the run: an ever-expanding,jostling urban tribe.
Dawe’s prose is spare, gritty and gutsy with flashes of poetry and humour. We gain an acute sense of the pressures, fears, betrayals and loyalties inherent in living on the edge of the law, and of the tenuous grip each character has on their own safety and integrity. They’re all there on K Road: Flash, Sonny, Geronimo, Vercoe, Wilson, Jazz, Roxy.
But it’s Jazz and Roxy, the 14 and 19-year-ld team on the run, who try to climb out of their savagely cruel and subterranean existence. Their survival ticket is Jazz’s extraordinary musical talent; their love story heart-breaking.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775530824
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Ted Dawe

Ted Dawe, who has had a long career as a teacher, stunned readers with his impressive first novel, Thunder Road – winner of the Best First Book Award and Senior Fiction category of the coveted
New Zealand Post Childrens and Young Adults Book Awards. His subsequent YA novel K Road was published to warm reviews.

Into the River won the supreme Margaret Mahy book of the year award at the 2013 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.

Ted lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he teaches English to foreign students.

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