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Bernard Beckett

  • award* Finalist, 2002 NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
  • award* Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Notable Books List 2002
  • Marko surfaces from a drug-induced haze to find himself hidden from the world in a psychiatric ward. He is certain the ‘Doctor’ means to kill him, and he in turn has vengeful plans of his own.

    But how is it he came to stop taking his medication? Who can Marko trust and how much time does he have?

    Time enough to write it all down—his story of a coast to coast trip and the earthquake which ripped his world apart.

    A thriller that will breathe cold air under your collar.

    Bernard Beckett
    About the Author

    Bernard Beckett is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults and young adults and one of New Zealand’s most outstanding writers. The Tunnel of Dreams is his first middle-grade novel. He lives near Wellington with his family.

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    192 pp
    Text publication date:
    30 March 2009
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    friendship, moral dilemmas
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    Praise for Bernard Beckett

    ‘Funny, raw, fantastic…The most exciting young-adult author writing in New Zealand.’

    ‘This book has it all: the dark, claustrophobic NZ bush, a catastrophic earthquake, the aggressive vulnerability of teenagerhood and teenager social relationships, spooky psycho-thriller-type abduction, an evil doctor with psychotic drugs at his fingertips… and the overarching certainty that decisions made, whether right or wrong, will affect your life forever. This is a great teenage thriller…I can’t recommend it highly enough.’

    ‘Beckett’s superb writing is both raw and immediate and he confronts the serious themes of death, revenge and mortality. Fast-paced and hair-raising, this thriller literally grabs the reader from beginning to end and provides one mean ride along the way.‘

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