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The Whale Rider

The Whale Rider

eBook - 2003
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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.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2003.
ISBN: 9781742287089
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc - Distributor

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Maori author Witi Ihimaera tells a story that weaves traditional Polynesian customs and beliefs with a family dynamic anyone can understand as his writing presents a celebration of both Maori culture and strong familial ties.

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. (NoveList)

As her grandfather struggles to lead their community, Kahu develops a relationship with whales, whose legendary rider was their ancestor.


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ChristchurchLib Feb 17, 2021

Witi Ihimaera was the first Māori writer to publish a novel and short stories. He writes extensively about Māori life, as well as historical fiction and gay fiction. Whale Rider is probably his best-known book and was made into an internationally acclaimed film.

SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

Reading the basis for the 2002 movie makes one appreciate how well director/screenwriter Niki Caro tightened the story. The original book is frequently abstract and is told from the point of view of the uncle. The lyricism, the adult narrator, and the frank depictions of racism and dying animals may deter all but the most mature young readers.

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Jul 12, 2014

I just loved this book! I saw the movie years ago, but the book is WAY better! Everyone should read this book! Haumi e, hui e, taiki e (Let it be done).

Warriorcat777 Aug 07, 2011

A nice easy read. Truly emotional

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