The Whale Rider

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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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.
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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

I found The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera an emotionally touching and inspired read. The book delves into the myth of how the Maori ancestors came to New Zealand, as well as other aspects of the Maori ... Read full review

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Koro Apirana is disappointed to learn that his first great-grandchild is a girl, Kahu. But Kahu grows into a young child determined to get her great-grandfather to love her. I read this book to ... Read full review

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Contents

SPRING
9
AUTUMN
55
WINTER
93
GLOSSARY
151
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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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