The Tomo

Book Author Mary-Anne Scott
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands. 

Phil, and his father’s beloved heading dog, Blue, have to spend the Christmas break working on a sheep station while Phil’s dad undergoes out-of-town cancer treatment. The station manager, Chopper, isn’t happy having a teenager in his care and certainly not a sheepdog that doesn’t understand his signals. Things start to improve for Phil when Chopper’s step-daughter, Emara arrives back from holiday, but a wayward ram and a poor decision plummets both boy and dog into danger.

Phil will need all the strength he’s got to get out alive.

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction 2022

About the Author
Mary-anne Scott
lives in Havelock North. Many of her previous titles have been shortlisted for the YA section of the Children’s Book Awards: Snakes and Ladders (Scholastic); Coming Home to Roost (Penguin) and Sticking with Pigs (OneTree House). Sticking with Pigs published in 2018 and was Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award Trust Copyright Licensing NZ YA Award in 2018 was Shortlisted for the 2018 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival and was named a 2019 Storylines Notable Book. Her latest titles, Spearo and Fantastic Mr Bean were published in 2020.

Visit her website here


OneTree House




Young Adult

Age range
10+ years

Publication Date
October 2021

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Rights Agents:


Christine Dale, OneTree House

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Mary-anne Scott is close to taking Aotearoa’s crown for best-written young men with this, her fifth book for young adults...The author’s skill at world-building is also great, making me feel like I was there with Phil all the way...Despite some heavy themes, this book would suit readers from age 11 up—great for advanced readers who aren’t ready for the more adult themes that YA books often have.


The story is absolutely captivating and presents a real New Zealand experience that is authentic and believable. Really a great read for young adults. Loved it!

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