Matiu Douglas has a bone tiki he stole from a tangi. His father's important new client wants it. Badly. And he has some very nasty friends. When Mat is forced to flee for his life, an unexpected meeting with a girl called Pania sets his world spinning. Suddenly he's running through the bush with a girl-clown, a dog who is way too human, and a long-dead warrior. Fearful creatures from legend are rising up around him, and Mat faces a terrifying ordeal. And there is nowhere left to hide ...not even in another world. A breathtaking adventure set in two parallel New Zealands, from exciting new author David Hair.
About the Author
David Hair was raised in the Hawkes Bay and after the traditional Kiwi OE, settled in Wellington. He currently lives in India with his wife, who is with the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi. While he worked for many years in the financial services industry, his focus is now on writing. The Bone Tiki is his first book.
This is a awsome book. It jumps into the mythology of New Zealand, going through the maori ledgends, tikanga and customs and how they will effect a person. About a young boy who takes his nanny's Tiki after she dies in order to protect it from a very evil tohunga who plans on taking it. Because of this he has to run away, hiding from his father and the tohunga in order to save his life. He discovers why the Tiki is so wanted, and also learns about his heritage and the world of Aotearoa.
I bought this for my 12yr old godson in the UK and read it before posting (as you do!) and absolutely loved it. One or two minor factual inaccuracies irked which is probably due more to the general level of accuracy when describing the real modern day places than anything else (and they were about a place I know really well so chances are others wouldn't notice!) It left me wanting to find more out about some of the historical characters I hadn't come across in detail before, the book really brought them to life. I loved the idea of the parallel worlds, although certain aspects of the passage of time in Aotearoa don't bear too much scrutiny. However these are just nit-picking details and don't take away from the way the story flows and kept me way up later at night to finish the book than was sensible! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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