The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera


Chosen by Suzy

Paikea Apirana is a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of her tribe, but must battle her grandfather Koro to make herself heard.

♥ “If you are a New Zealander and you haven’t read this book then for the love of God at least go and see the bloody movie!  But preferably read the book.  Yes it’s essentially a children’s book but I was as happily enthralled in this as I have been in any novel written for adults.  HURRY UP! READ IT!!” – Suzy

♥ “Usually I read the book and don’t even watch the movie!, but did enjoy them in reverse in this instance. And I think it ruined the book for me a little as I couldn’t help but picture the movie as I read. Nonetheless, this is an excellent book that every New Zealander and every child trying to find their place in the world should read.” – Rachel

♥ “I thought …” – Nadine


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