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Finding Moana: Book One by [Halemanu, James]
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Length: 249 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 18 Grade Level: 5 - 12

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"Hawaiian and Sumerian cultural inspirations elevate this Chosen One tale." - Kirkus Reviews
"Thirteen-year-old Moana is an outcast in his village, feared because of his 'freakish' height, 'eyes that changed from brown to turquoise depending on his mood, and skin the color of sour milk,' as well as the mystery of his parents' death shortly after his birth. Besides his grandfather Huna and his dog, Hui, Moana's only friends are the livestock he tends until he rescues an abandoned monk seal pup, naming it 'Opu. One day, he's defending himself and 'Opu from bullieswhen he's hit with a scent worse than rotting corpses--and the premonition that someone is coming. After watching in horror as red-eyed snake men tear the bullies limb from limb, Moana runs to Huna, who sends him to find the anukus, a primordial race of tiny people whose blood--and power over mana, the life force in all things--runs in Moana's veins. But the teen is also descended from Ush-bara, the king of the snake creatures called ushukus. This combination of bloodlines means he's the only one strong enough to defeat the ushukus once and for all and bring peace back to Kauai."
5 stars "Finding Moana, Book One is most highly recommended." -Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"James Halemanu's young adult epic fantasy, Finding Moana, Book One, blends elements of Hawaiian and Sumerian mythology in this exciting and fast-paced coming of age novel. I was fascinated by the setting of this novel in ancient Kauai, and found Moana to be a compelling and authentic character. This is a well-written tale that pits the forces of good and evil against each other, and the combatants on each side seem larger than life. Watching Moana transform from being a lonely, outcast orphan in a small village into a warrior with a rich family history was a marvelous thing indeed. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this tale and was quite pleased to discover that there is a sequel in the works. Finding Moana, Book One is most highly recommended."
5 stars  "A thrilling adventure from cover to cover." - Midwest Book Review
"Moana is a fantasy novel about a young islander caught amid an invasion of bloodthirsty snake creatures and internal transformations that he does not fully understand. After an ominous explosion over the island of Kaua'i foretells the murderous assault of snake-beings that destroy Moana's home village, the mysterious mountain-dwelling race called tha anuku take him in. Gradually Moana learns about the enigmas surrounding the anuku, the snake-creatures, and himself, yet his struggle for survival will take far more than understanding - his courage, strength, and will must be tempered if he is to confront the forces that have turned his home island into a haven for evil and marked him as the snake-creature's primary target and deadliest threat."
"Finding Moana is action-packed from page one, and is full of humor and excitement, with local color throughout that will thrill YA readers everywhere, while giving an education on Hawaiian culture and history." - Cate Baum for Self Publishing Review
"It's full of violent and high-impact encounters, and Moana is a strong and worthy hero for the story, and his oddball companions will amuse and entertain. Magical encounters are fully realized, and those looking for a twist on something like "LOST" meets Ender Wiggin may have found their new best book right here. A sequel on the way, so it's inviting to cheer for Moana knowing there's more of this original and fun series on the way."

From the Inside Flap

"If you like Orson Scott Card, you'll like Moana! Nicely concluded...pointing to a provocative sequel. Can't wait!" --Mark James, Dept. of English Language, BYU-Hawaii

Product details

  • File Size: 1829 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Coral Press LLC (October 31, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M74B476
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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