T K Roxborogh
SUPREME WINNER, The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2021
WINNER, Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2021.
On a beach clean-up, thirteen-year-old one-legged Charlie and his half-brother, Robbie, find a ponaturi – a mermaid – washed up on a beach. An ancient grudge between the Māori gods Tāne and Tangaroa has flared up because a port being built in the bay is degrading the ocean and creatures are fleeing the sea. This has reignited anger between the gods, which breaks out in storms, earthquakes and huge seas. The human world and realm of the gods are thrown into chaos.
The ponaturi believes Charlie is the only one who can stop the destruction because his stump is a sign that he straddles both worlds. So begins Charlie’s journey to find a way to reunite the gods, realise the power in the ancient songs his grandfather taught him, and discover why he was the one for the task.
The Māori language edition is Tiare Tangaroa me te Taipō Moana.
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September 23, 2020
138 x 210 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"a uniquely New Zealand story, and one in which so many of us can see ourselves."
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