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ISBN13: 9780152050160
ISBN10: 0152050167
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Awards

"Winner Audience Award, 2003 Sundance Film Festival"--Cover.

Synopses & Reviews

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Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary "whale rider." In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only great-grandchild--and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she has the whale rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales.

Now available in simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions.

Feature film in theaters in June 2003!

Review:

"[A] luminous joining of myth and contemporary culture....[D]azzling ocean descriptions from the whales' perspective highlight the poetic writing." Kirkus Reviews

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"Ihimaera...combines breathtaking, poetic imagery, hilarious family dialogue, and scenes that beautifully juxtapose contemporary and ancient culture. A haunting story that is sure to receive additional interest from this summer's film adaptation." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Review:

"A poetic blend of reality and myth provides a riveting tale of adventure and passion....It's a tale rich in intense drama and sociological and cultural information." School Library Journal

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"[A] breathtaking tale....While the passages on the ancient whales tend to drag a bit, the rest of Ihimaera's beautifully written story sparkles with life and will be hard for any reader, child or adult, to put down." Amanda MacGregor, KLIATT

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"Ihimaera is at his best in depicting the bonds among the family members, but his use of symbols can be heavy-handed and passages focusing on the now-ancient whale may seem slow-moving." Publishers Weekly

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"The strengths of the story are the warm and lively picture of the family and village life and the appealing little girl, Kahu, who becomes a heroine." VOYA

Synopsis:

Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe. Kahu reveals that she has the Whale Rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales. Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 5.7, 5 Points.

Synopsis:

As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.

About the Author

WITI IHIMAERA, a prolific writer and editor in New Zealand, is the author of numerous short-story collections, novels, anthologies, and nonfiction titles. He teaches English and creative writing at the University of Auckland.

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Laurie Lee, January 21, 2007 (view all comments by Laurie Lee)
This charming novel is often shelved with young adult literature, but it is not only for children. Written as a hero tale for females at the behest of Ihimaera's daughters, it is a lyrical and lovely tale of Maori culture. The film version won the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152050160
Author:
Ihimaera, Witi
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Social Situations - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Ethnic - General
Subject:
Ethnic - Other
Subject:
New Zealand
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
Subject:
Whales
Subject:
People & Places - Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Maori
Subject:
People & Places - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
1-Simul
Series Volume:
P-26
Publication Date:
May 1, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 4 to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 168 pages Harcourt Paperbacks - English 9780152050160 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] luminous joining of myth and contemporary culture....[D]azzling ocean descriptions from the whales' perspective highlight the poetic writing."
"Review" by , "Ihimaera...combines breathtaking, poetic imagery, hilarious family dialogue, and scenes that beautifully juxtapose contemporary and ancient culture. A haunting story that is sure to receive additional interest from this summer's film adaptation."
"Review" by , "A poetic blend of reality and myth provides a riveting tale of adventure and passion....It's a tale rich in intense drama and sociological and cultural information."
"Review" by , "[A] breathtaking tale....While the passages on the ancient whales tend to drag a bit, the rest of Ihimaera's beautifully written story sparkles with life and will be hard for any reader, child or adult, to put down."
"Review" by , "Ihimaera is at his best in depicting the bonds among the family members, but his use of symbols can be heavy-handed and passages focusing on the now-ancient whale may seem slow-moving."
"Review" by , "The strengths of the story are the warm and lively picture of the family and village life and the appealing little girl, Kahu, who becomes a heroine."
"Synopsis" by , Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe. Kahu reveals that she has the Whale Rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales. Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 5.7, 5 Points.
"Synopsis" by , As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
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