The Whale Rider, Hardback Book

The Whale Rider Hardback

Edited by Witi Ihimaera

Part of the New Windmills KS3 series


A mystical story of Maori cultureThe birth of a daughter - Kahu - breaks the lineage of a Maori tribe.

Rejected by her grandfather, Kahu develops the ability to communicate with whales, echoing those of the ancient Whale Rider after whom she was named.

This magical and mythical novel tells of the conflict between tradition and heritage, from the perspective of Kahu's grandfather, and Kahu's destiny to secure the tribe's future.

Age 11+Ideal for studying multi-cultural texts, gender and environmental issues.

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