- File Size: 5591 KB
- Print Length: 72 pages
- Publisher: i2i Publishing (May 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072FG4C2N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Akea Kindle Edition
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The story is actually presented through the first person animal perspective of Akea. She is born into a family of sled dogs, but there is something very different about this particular Husky. Her father perhaps captures it best when he surmises: "Akea was different from the other pups. She felt special, even though he didn't know why." This uniqueness fully comes to light when Akea first sees a lone wolf by the name of Kazakh. It is then and there she realizes that her true destiny lies well outside the relative safety of her sled dog family. Akea proceeds to run away from home so that she can join up with Kazakh whose ultimate objective is to help her to discover her one true path. However, in doing so he must bend and break every rule and norm of the pack. Afterall, they will argue that Akea is different and a mere Husky who has no business running with the pack. What follows is the ultimate struggle for validation and survival. With Kazakh's help will Akea discover her true path? Or has her distinctness already determined her ultimate future as a veritable outcast?
Without a doubt, I was entirely impressed with this story. The theme of being true to yourself was enhanced with the exploration of such notions as intolerance, bullying and ultimately love. The fact that this was all presented from an animal's perspective made it quite unique and all that more engaging. The tale was also action packed and literally kept this reader glued to each passing page. This author has an excellent handle on plot development. To make it even more impressive, the flow of the writing is smooth and beautiful and simply glides from one idea and passage to the next. There were a few potentially graphic scenes, but they were quite necessary in order to maintain the authenticity and believability factor of a story presented from an animal perspective.
The characters in the story also get top marks. There is a good mix of wolves and huskies throughout. They all play their supporting roles well, but Akea and Kazakh are developed in the most depth. For instance, their relationship takes on a central role in the story and the budding love is palpable. Be that as it may, Akea in particular grows in the most depth and detail. Whether she is half-wolf, half-husky or not... the reader will find themselves identifying with and cheering on this furry protagonist. In particular, I found the relationship that Akea had with a variety of other characters, such as her sister Faith, to be quite revealing and emotionally stirring.
Overall I simply loved this story. It is so smooth and beautifully written. The flow is fluid and seamless. Although this book is listed in a children's genre, I would recommend it to virtually any reader. I am 51 years old and I loved it! That being said, I can certainly see how younger readers in particular will identify with the compelling writing and contemporary themes. The ability to express one's own individuality is a well sought commodity...particularly in younger readers.
I look forward to reading more work by this author!
The book starts by Akea being named. Akea is a strong female and she soon needs to make the choices that lead her in her search for her destiny. There are others that are instrumental in this development, and there are also expectations of her that she needs to fulfill. She receives help along the way, but she also has to fend for herself and others.
The story is endearing. One can imagine the scenes. One wishes good things for Akea. The writing is easy enough to follow, even though it does not always flow as well as it could. The solutions are perhaps a little predictable. There is enough suspense for a child, but there is also some cruelty that is an unavoidably part of this kind of setting. What is nice, is that the story is told from animal's own perspective.
Elizabeth Jade is a young British woman. She too has struggled in her life. It is only a few years ago that she was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. It is through the feedback from Akea, that her family has made the connections to Elizabeth's own life. It will be interesting to see how the story continues, as this it what Elizabeth Jade is now doing.
This is a children's story and contains quite a few difficult names but it is an engaging story with plenty of twists to keep the reader enthralled and turning pages. The huskies and wolves form the main characters in this story and they are brought to life in this lovely tale. It will appeal to any animal lovers and is a heartwarming tale of family, being different and love as well as developing resilience to overcome any obstacles life puts in your path. Whilst it is a story many less able readers will love to have read to them, I believe it will particularly appeal to able readers who are capable of reading it independently and enjoying the story for themselves.
I was gifted a paperback copy of this book, without obligation. I'm so glad I have had the opportunity to see the beautiful sketches and illustrations with appear throughout the book, adding to the understanding and enjoyment of the story. I hope there are further adventures for Akea in the future and would certainly like to read them. This is my honest review after reading the book.
I really don’t want to give the story away but what you will get is a wonderful story of love and friendship and loyalty, but also about being ourselves.
I gave Akea to my nieces to read, they are nine and ten. The ten year old felt that she was too old for the book, but she’s at that stage where she’s desperate to be a teenager and so a lot of things are too young in her mind. I asked her what she didn’t like about the book and she could literally think of nothing. The nine year old loved the animals and the characters and thought that it was a short but great read.
I’m well over ten and yes, the story is quite simple, but it really is wonderful too and the lovely drawings that go with the story make it even better. The aspiring story behind the author just makes it even more special.