Ihimaera, Witi

Whale Rider - Hardcover - Great Britain : Heinemann, 2005. - 122 p. : 20 cm.

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, Kahu will do anything to save them – even the impossible.


Whales -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Maori -- Children's fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.