Brave Kāhu and the Pōrangi Magpie

Shelley Burne-Field

An exciting an action-packed animal story, featuring two kāhu sisters who must save their injured baby brother – before a coming flood destroys their home.

Poto is the perfect fledgling – the apple of her father’s eye and a natural hunter, flyer – anything a hawk is supposed to be good at, Poto can do best of all. She can’t understand why her sister Whetū gets annoyed 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 coming earthquake arrives which will unleash a flood and destroy their home. With the help of a rag tag bunch of birds, they journey through the valley, keeping an eye out for an evil flock of magpies who are on a mission to take back the land for their own. They overcome trials and tribulations, and learn more about each other in the process.

Can they stop Tū the makipai and her evil 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?

Brave Kāhu and the Pōrangi Magpie is a cracking children’s adventure story in the vein of Watership Down, from emerging author Shelley Burne-Field.

Middle Grade Fiction

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 Radio New Zealand. Her story ‘Pinching out Dahlias’ is the most read short story published in Reading Room. Shelley is a proud member of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

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