The Whale Rider

  • by Witi Ihimaera
  • Narrated by Jay Laga'aia
  • 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The classic book that inspired the award-winning, internationally released film Whale Rider, winner of Best Film at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and 2004 Academy Awards Best Actress nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused in his duties as Chief, in a tribe that claims decent from the legendary "whale rider". A male has always inherited the title of Chief, but now there is no male heir. There's only Kahu, and her great-grandfather sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored. And in her struggle she has a unique ally: the whale rider himself.


What the Critics Say

"A poetic blend of reality and myth provides a riveting tale of adventure and passion." ( School Library Journal)


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Very enjoyable book, great story, the movie wasn't quite the same and this provides more understanding
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- C Smith x

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2005
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd