Blackmail and Lies

Finn’s druggie Dad is on trial for manslaughter, and so Finn is sent away to an exclusive boarding school in Auckland 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 admired 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.

Written by Mary-anne Scott

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An updated edition of Snakes and Ladders as a 10-year anniversary edition. It was the Children’s Choice winner in the Young Adult category of the 2013 NZ Children’s & YA Book Awards.

A gripping, accessible read for 14 to 18 year olds from a mother of four sons, whose experience with teenage boys served her well in the writing of this book. Blackmail and Lies features interesting characters that teens will relate to, facing modern issues and experiences that reflect their own lives (mature themes, mild language).


Read NZ ~ “With trademark insight and empathy honed through earlier award-winning works, Scott crafts an engrossing human drama where adolescent dreams battle haunting secrets. Crisp Kiwi slang grounds the story in affectionate familiarity. Finn invites both frustration and poignancy as he fumbles tests of integrity, torn over risking newfound popularity for honesty. When the hero’s deferred reckoning finally erupts, redemption emerges through speaking difficult truths, however overdue.”

Magpies magazine ~ “The story stresses the vulnerability of teenagers when alcohol is a major part of their social lives and the consequences that can often be deadly. Recommended for readers at mid to senior secondary level.”

Bob’s Book Blog ~ “Well written with an authentic teenage voice. The banter between the boys is a particular highlight and the issue and after –
effects of a school ball and after-party that goes horribly wrong, will be of strong interest to teenagers.”

More about the Kiwi author

Find out more about Hawke’s Bay author Mary-anne Scott on her author page.

Additional information

Dimensions19.8 × 12.8 cm
First published



Paperback edition



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Published by

Scholastic NZ

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