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Brave Kāhu and the Pōrangi Magpie

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Poto is the perfect fledgling – the apple of her father’s eye and a natural at hunting and flying. Anything a kāhu is supposed to be good at, Poto can do best of all. She can’t understand why her sister Whetū gets cross with her – it’s not her fault she’s good at everything! As for her baby brother Ari, he’s so weird and annoying.

After their mother is killed by a flock of magpies, Poto and Whetū have to get an injured Ari to safety before a deadly foretold earthquake arrives, unleashing a flood and destroying their home. With the help of the birds and new friends they meet on the way, the hawk siblings journey through the Valley, keeping an eye out for a menacing flock of magpies who are on a mission to take back the Valley for their own.

Can they stop Tū the makipai and her flock from ruining the harmony of the Valley? Will aroha win out over hate? And will Poto realise that everyone has something special to offer, even if they can’t do everything quite like she does?

‘Beautiful writing and big, serious stuff for young readers,’ writes Sonya Wilson for the Aotearoa NZ Review of Books. ‘But despite the high body count, themes of aroha and understanding shine through, like the gleaming stones at the bottom of the taniwha’s pool. The kāhu’s story is a celebration of relationships; of connection with our natural world as well as with each other.’

Brave Kāhu and the Pōrangi Magpie

by Shelley Burne-Field

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781991006608

Published: April 2024

Format: Paperback, 208 pages

Shelley Burne-Field

Shelley Burne-Field (Sāmoa, Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Rārua, Pākehā) is a kaituhituhi from Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke's Bay. She writes articles and creative non-fiction as well as fiction of all sorts, including short stories. This is her first children's story. She is an alumni of the Master of Creative Writing from Auckland University 2020 and also Te Papa Tupu mentoring programme. Her story 'Speaking in Tongues' was the only New Zealand Finalist in the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her work is now in print in anthologies around the world, and has appeared in Newsroom and on RNZ. Her story 'Pinching out Dahlias' is the most read short story published in Reading Room. Shelley is a proud member of the NZSA.