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The first book in the stunning Blood of the Lamb trilogy, full of action, suspense and drama.

The first book in the stunning Blood of the Lamb trilogy, full of action, suspense and drama.

The Crossing is the first book in a stunning trilogy that follows the fate of Maryam and her unlikely companions - Joseph, Ruth and Lazarus. This is fast, suspenseful drama underpinned by a powerful and moving story about love and loss.

The people of Onewere, a small island in the Pacific, know that they are special - chosen to survive the deadly event that consumed the Earth. Now, from the rotting cruise ship Star of the Sea, the elite control the population - manipulating old texts to set themselves up as living 'gods'. But what the people of Onewere don't know is this: the leaders will stop at nothing to meet their own blood-thirsty needs…

When Maryam crosses from child to woman, she must leave everything she has ever known and make a crossing of another kind. But life inside the ship is not as she had dreamed, and she is faced with the unthinkable: obey the leaders and very likely die, or turn her back on every belief she once held dear.

'Like 1984 for teenagers - direct, passionate and powerful' - Margaret Mahy.

Winner of the NZ Post Book Award for YA fiction 2010.


It's fast-paced, moving and the personal is always political... classic young adult fiction, tracking the journey from childhood to adulthood... an authentic, fully realised sense of place.

The Listener

I love this book so much it feels like it has been written for me, it just hits the spot! I am very excited about it.

Stacey, Random House Staff Member

Brilliant! Gripped me from the outset and couldn't put it down. Finished reading it at 4.30 am in the morning! A compelling read that challenges the reader to think about the abuse of power and control over others for selfish gain.

Julie, Jabberwocky Children's Bookshop

Really unpredictable and interesting.

Danelle, age 15

I was captivated from the first page until the last. The book has strong feelings of faith, courage and friendship.

Erin, age 15

I was hooked from the beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.

Jessica, age 15

It made me want to keep reading to the end to find out what happens.

Tegan, age 15

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 4, 2009

    RHNZ Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    October 3, 2014

    RHNZ Children’s ebooks

    304 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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