Finn's druggie Dad is on trial for manslaughter, and so Finn is sent away to an exclusive boarding school to remove him from the small-town gossip machine. At first he feels a bit like a fish out of water, but soon makes some good friends, and even scores with the much-lusted-after Mia, who plays in the symphonic band with him. However there is someone who knows Finn's secret ...Blackmail and lies ...will Finn ever face the truth? It's not until disaster befalls one of his friends at an illicit after-ball party that Finn learns what is most important in life.
Mary-anne Scott was born in Hastings, NZ, into a large family of nine children. Her mother, Joy Watson, authored the award-winning Grandpa's Cardigan series. Reading and music were her main interests as she grew up and everyone in the family learned at least two instruments. Mary-anne is married with four sons, and lives in Havelock North. Snakes and Ladders is her first book.
Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Young Adult Fiction Award 2013
Short-listed for New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults: Young Adult Fiction 2013
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