This is a novel that delivers and is particularly perfect for senior Pasifika girls. It has a strong, powerful woman at its core and an exciting range of action combined with the right degree of romance. It is the culmination of the Telesa trilogy.
Descriptive language and detail is a strength in Wendt Young’s writing. The language is relatable and evocative. The use of the Samoan language and Pasifika names keeps the novel grounded. The main characters of Pele, Daniel and Leila are well developed and believable with detailed nuances. There are many details to be savoured from a Pasifika viewpoint eg: Daniel turning down an All Black contract to play for Manu Samoa.
A valuable addition to any School Library.
Title: The Bone Bearer
Author: Lani Wendt Young
Publisher: One Tree House
Date of publication: 2013
Ages: 15-18 (Senior students)
Reviewer: Judith Hartstone, HOF English, James Cook High School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book: Highly recommended, particularly for Pasifika girls
Opening sentence: Pele was born in the fabled islands of Hawaiki, an Ungifted child of Noalani – the Covenant Keeper for the ruling fanua afi in the Pacific and as such, the holder of the Tangaloa Bone.
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