Young Adult Fiction
(writing as Katy Watson-Kell)
What the critics said about Mama’s Trippin’” … absorbing and believably voiced … Watson-Kell’s respect and first-hand experience of the island and its people shows through her sensitive portrayal of Von’s spiritual awakening.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Enriched with strong characters, credible dialogue and relationships and an unusual setting, this is an engrossing and exciting personal journey into a little-known culture. ” 2006 Judges Report
Western Australian Premier’s Awards
“His journey is a riveting read of sadness, joy, suspense and discovery, peppered with interesting people. Watson-Kell draws a detailed, engaging picture of a sixteen year old trying to make sense of and survive in an adult world, where adults who have made easy choices rather than right choices influence his actions and decisions.
This wonderful read will leave you feeling as Von did when he said, “Let this feeling last forever.”
Darwin City Libraries
Von’s mum has been gone for over ten years when, out of the blue, she invites him to New Zealand. Charlene works nights at a Wellington nightclub; her boyfriend’s running from the cops, and she’s struggline to keep her two-year-old daughter.
Trapped in Charlene’s chaotic world, Von spends ever night at home playing parent to Stella. And then things go badly wrong – drugs, kidnapping, murder . . .
Von is drawn to the home of his Moriori ancestors. The answers wait for him there, but does he have the strength to find them?