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Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island by Bill Sloan

Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island by Bill Sloan

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A gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage, here is the story of the first American battle of World War II: the battle for Wake Island. Based on firsthand accounts from long-lost survivors who have emerged to tell about it, this stirring tale of the “Alamo of the Pacific” will reverberate for generations to come.

On December 8, 1941, just five hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes attacked a remote U.S. outpost in the westernmost reaches of the Pacific. It was the beginning of an incredible sixteen-day fight for Wake Island, a tiny but strategically valuable dot in the ocean. Unprepared for the stunning assault, the small battalion was dangerously outnumbered and outgunned. But they compensated with a surplus of bravery and perseverance, waging an extraordinary battle against all odds.

When it was over, a few hundred American Marines, sailors, and soldiers, along with a small army of heroic civilian laborers, had repulsed enemy forces several thousand strong––but it was still not enough. Among the Marines was twenty-year-old PFC Wiley Sloman. By Christmas Day, he lay semiconscious in the sand, struck by enemy fire. Another day would pass before he was found—stripped of his rifle and his uniform. Shocked to realize he hadn’t awakened to victory, Sloman wondered: Had he been given up for dead—and had the Marines simply given up?

In this riveting account, veteran journalist Bill Sloan re-creates this history-making battle, the crushing surrender, and the stories of the uncommonly gutsy men who fought it. From the civilians who served as gunmen, medics, and even preachers, to the daily grind of life on an isolated island—literally at the ends of the earth—to the agony of POW camps, here we meet our heroes and confront the enemy face-to-face, bayonet to bayonet.


A Little Piece of Heaven: Growing Up on Wake Island by James B. Kilpatrick

A Little Piece of Heaven: Growing Up on Wake Island by James B. Kilpatrick

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The world was a different place in 1957. When seven boys were tossed together on a four-square-mile island in the Pacific Ocean, they would experience all the emotions that life could provide. Wake had been a battleground in the early days of World War II and the boys spent their free time exploring bunkers, trenches and pillboxes seeking souvenirs of days past. They grew up finding their first loves and watching them depart. Every day and night was a new adventure. They learned about themselves and their safe island home. Along the way they laughed and cried, learning about life sometimes the hard way. Join them as they grow into young teenagers and finally leave their little piece of heaven for a world far from the peace they had known on Wake Island.

Tonga

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The Other Side of Heaven by John H. Groberg

The Other Side of Heaven by John H. Groberg

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Nearly forty years have passed since I began my first mission to Tonga. At the urging of many people whom I admire, I have attempted to describe some of the experiences and feelings I encountered those many years ago. The main purpose of this book is to emphasize the overwhelming need for faith in our lives.

I realize that in some ways I am describing a time and a place and circumstances that no longer exist. Yet in other ways, I am describing feelings and challenges that are as old as time and as fresh as the morning sun. I am convinced that regardless of the physical background or the decade our life's experiences are cast against, the need for love and faith to bring meaning to our lives and reason for our decisions remains unchanged.

I do not apologize for the time, the place, or the circumstances described, as that was the way it was. I suppose most people who have passed through this planet earth have lived and died closer to the type of life described herein than the hectic one we live in America today. We all need more faith, and I know we can learn from others.

In looking back and reading letters and other items written at the time, I have tried to describe how I felt then. I had no feeling that I was going into a particularly hard situation or that things were going to be tough. I had no thought of doing anything unusual, but rather simply wanted to do my best to get through each day doing as much good and as little damage as possible.


OWN VOICES BUT I AM SO NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS COVER.

OWN VOICES BUT I AM SO NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS COVER.

Tales of the Tikongs By Epeli Hauʻofa

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Tiko, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, faces a tidal wave of D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T, which threatens to demolish ancestral ways and the human spirit. From Sione, who prefers to play cards with his secretary during work hours, to Ole Pasifikiwei, who masters the twists and turns of international funding games, all of the characters in these pages are seasoned surfers, capable of riding the biggest wave to shore. These are not stories of fatal impact so much as upbeat tales of indigenous responses to cultural and economic imperialism. Epeli Hauofa uses devices derived from oral storytelling to create a South Pacific voice that is lucid, hilarious, and compassionate in a work that has long been regarded as a milestone in Pacific literature.

Samoa

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They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel

They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel

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Sia Figiel's powerful, poetic skills weave together the voices of three generations of women from two Samoan families. Their dream worlds and realities intermingle, just as the histories of each generation run through the next. At the center of the novel is the Samoan woman's tattoo, the malu, believed to be brought from Fiji by Siamese twins. The ghosts of the twins watch over the women whose lives are stained by an unfinished tattoo. The shame and grief of not completing the tattoo ceremony go hand in hand with the shame and grief of illicit love and broken promises. 


Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

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Thirteen-year-old Alofa Filiga struggles to come to terms with womanhood, her search for identity, and the restrictions of life in her Samoan village.

Pitcairn Islands

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Mutiny on the Bounty (The Bounty Trilogy #1) by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is the thrilling account of the strange, eventful, and tragic voyage of His Majesty's Ship Bounty in 1788-1789, which culminated in Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh.


Men Against the Sea (The Bounty Trilogy #2) by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

Men Against the Sea by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

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MEN AGAINST THE SEA is the epic story of the 19 loyal men who, with Captain Bligh at the helm, were set adrift in a 23-foot open launch. Their 3,600-mile voyage remains one of the greatest feats of courage and adventure in the annals of the sea.


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Pitcairn's Island by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

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PITCAIRN's ISLAND unfolds a tale of drunkeness, betrayal, murder, and vengeance as it chronicles the fate of Christian, the mutineers, and a handful of Tahitians, who together take refuge on the loneliest island in the Pacific.

Papua New Guinea

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New Guinea Moon by Kate Constable

New Guinea Moon by Kate Constable

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          Julie has grown up not knowing her father, with just the occasional Christmas card and the knowledge that he flies planes for a charter company in New Guinea. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets. 
           An awkward romance with a young expat contrasts with her growing attraction to the son of a local coffee plantation owner. And, left to her own devices much of the time, Julie learns to rely on herself and gain her own independence. A tragedy and then a mystery leave her reeling, but force her to evaluate what she really wants out of life. 


When The Moon Was Big, And Other Legends From New Guinea by Ulli Beier

When The Moon Was Big, And Other Legends From New Guinea by Ulli Beier

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Norfolk Island

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The Bright Side of My Condition by Charlotte Randall

The Bright Side of My Condition by Charlotte Randall

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When the Captain find us stowaways and give us the choice between join the island or join the crew, all of us to a man cry island! island! So he put us ashore with a few provisions and a trypot and sail away. 

After escaping from the Norfolk Island penal colony on a whaling ship, Bloodworth and his three fellow convicts are left on a remote southern island by a captain who promises to pick them up in a year's time.

It will be many years before they see another ship.

Durign that time four men, with nothing in common but a desire to escape and a need to survive, live together in cramped and freezing isolation. Slangam believes hard work will see them though, Toper puts his faith in the divine, Gargantua leans on his learning and Bloodworth watched – both his fellow felons and the inhospitable environment.

Based on the true story of four convicts who spent more than nine years on the Snares Islands in the early years of the nineteenth century, Charlotte Randall's latest novel is a riveting, intelligent and powerful work of fiction.


A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman

A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman

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Alice Bennett has moved to Norfolk Island with her family who are descended from John Bennett, last commandant of the Second Settlement of the penal colony that was established on the island in the 19th century. John Bennett was a particularly brutal commandant and Allie comes up against long-standing resentment from some of her classmates when she attempts to vindicate him in a history class. Angriest of all is Noah, who is descended from Padraic O’Brien, one of the more outspoken of the convicts. Allie starts to sense her own connection with her past and when she is babysitting for the family who now occupy Government House she discovers a diary and realizes she has uncovered a tragic story.

The story is of Alice Bennett, daughter of the infamous John, who was notorious for the ill-treatment of the convicts under his command. Alice encounters Cormac O’Brien, who is a political prisoner, a gifted musician and possessor of a pair of blue eyes that immediately entrance Alice. They pursue a doomed romance, and tragedy strikes. Alice’s father has been spying on her, and in a preemptive move, orders Cormac to be hanged. Alice’s diary ends abruptly, as she sends her younger sister Susannah to ‘go on to dinner without her’.

Determined to find out what happened to her ancestress, Allie asks a friend in Sydney to see if Alice can be traced. The friend discovers a letter from Susannah, Alice’s sister, to their brother William, explaining what has happened - that Alice, inconsolable at the loss of Cormac, has walked into the sea and disappeared. After the colony is closed up, Susannah goes to Hobart and marries, and William becomes the ancestor of Allie’s family.

In two minds whether to show Alice’s diary to anyone, in the end Allie shows it to Noah, and then to her classmates, in the interests of revealing the truth, and resulting from this, their own developing relationship. Noah, too, has a secret - it seems Cormac and Paddy were forgers, not political prisoners. Allie and Noah, having come to terms with their historical background, are balancing past with present, and moving towards their future.

Niue

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We Are the Rock by David Riley

We Are the Rock by David Riley

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We are the Rock! is a collection of inspirational profiles of Niueans who have overcome great challenges and achieved amazing goals! These achievers talk about the obstacles they faced in their lives and how they overcame them. They give advice to others about how to achieve their life goals. They also explain what being Niuean means to them.

New Zealand

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Baby No-Eyes by Patricia Grace

Baby No-Eyes by Patricia Grace

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Tawera and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love, and sometimes grief.Patricia Grace's major new novel merges recent headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. It is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the center of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it.


Follow the Blue by Brigid Lowry

Follow the Blue by Brigid Lowry

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Life isn't neat and tidy. It's like a whole lot of balls of brightly colored wool thrown in a basket, with stray beginnings and endings and possibilities everywhere. Let's follow the blue.

Fifteen-year-old Bec has always been the good girl. Growing up with an eccentric celebrity chef mother and a father who suffers from depression, Bec is used to taking care of her two younger siblings and being labeled "the sensible one." But when Bec's parents decide to take a six-week tour of the U.S., she decides that she is sick of being responsible and is ready for some adventures of her own. She meets a new friend named Jaz, dyes her hair, wins money, throws her first party, and then there's the boy thing... 


The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

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Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary "whale rider." In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only great-grandchild--and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she has the whale rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales.

New Caledonia

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French Sand by Catherine Broughton

French Sand by Catherine Broughton

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How would you cope if your husband suddenly - and totally inexplicably - abandoned you and your small child at the other end of the earth ? "French Sand" is set on the South Pacific island of New Caledonia in the 1960s. Melanie, a young English woman living there, sets out to find why her husband left her and she almost gets herself killed in the process. A gripping story based on an event that took place when the author lived there, this story takes us to lands few have been to.


Steel Tiger (John Locke #1) by Stirling Silliphant

Steel Tiger (John Locke #1) by Stirling Silliphant

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John Locke is a roving sailor and soldier of fortune. The man to turn to when danger simmers to the exploding point. 
Deep in the South Pacific Frenchmen working on a vital multinational engineering project fall victim to a series of brutal killings. 
Is it the work of terrorists?
Tribalists?
Corporate Plunderers?
Only one man can answer these questions.
The adventurer sailing on a non-stop voyage into excitement.
The man that trouble-and women-just can't leave alone.

Nauru

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Islands of the Frigate Bird by Daryl Tarte

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Atoll life is lonely, even when surrounded by the abundance of the sea. But it is here that man's indomitable will conquered the sea in an epic drift aboard a canoe; it is here that massive schools of tuna find their way after migrating across the vast Pacific. Since the days of the early islanders, change has always come to the central Pacific violently: when the second world war reached the islands, they became battleground, the scars of which they still carry; when the islands were used as testing grounds for atomic bombs, its people became military guinea pigs; and, most recently, the prospect of global warming threatens to erase the islands from the map entirely. Here, all the players in this rich drama have a voice and a story to tell. Above all, Islands of the Frigate Bird is the magnificent saga of the people of the central Pacific-people who have battled every type of political, commercial and cultural onslaught from outsiders in order to retain their identity.


Paper Pots: A Story from Nauru by Floria Detabene, Samuel Sakaria (Illustrator)

Paper Pots: A Story from Nauru by Floria Detabene, Samuel Sakaria (Illustrator)

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Mobrig and his mother make some special plant pots that help little seedlings grow into strong plants. 


Stories from Nauru  Want to Read   Rate this book 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Stories from Nauru by Ben Bam Solomon, Elmina Quadina, Eston Thoma, Pamela Scriven, Jerielyn Jeremiah, Lucia Bill, Makerita Va'ai

Stories from Nauru by Ben Bam Solomon, Elmina Quadina, Eston Thoma, Pamela Scriven, Jerielyn Jeremiah, Lucia Bill, Makerita Va'ai

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Short stories from the small Pacific island nation


The Undesirables: Inside Nauru by Mark Isaacs

The Undesirables: Inside Nauru by Mark Isaacs

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'How long will we be here?' one man asked.

Nobody could answer him. Nobody knew. The intention was clear: this was the No Advantage policy. Take them to a distant island, lock them away, punish them, forget about them. Criminals were given a sentence to serve; these men were not even given that. Lost hope ebbed out of the men in uncontrollable sobs and tears. 

Queue jumper, boat person, illegals. Asylum seekers are contentious front-page news but obtaining information about Australia’s regional processing centres is increasingly difficult. We learn only what the government wants us to know.

Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside the Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re-opened in 2012. He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to speak out.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair.

Mark's eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.A

Kiribati

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Tales of Kiribati / Iango Mai Kiribati by Peter Kanere Koru (Editor), Ginette Sullivan (Editor)

Tales of Kiribati / Iango Mai Kiribati by Peter Kanere Koru (Editor), Ginette Sullivan (Editor)

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"Biographies & tales in English & Kiribati" (publisher). parallel columns in Gilbertese and English, with illustrations and photographs.


The Shoeshine Killer by Marianne Wheelaghan

The Shoeshine Killer by Marianne Wheelaghan

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             DS Louisa Townsend has moved from Edinburgh to work for the Kiribati Police Service on Tarawa, a remote coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. Locally she is known as the Scottish Lady Detective. 
            Louisa is in Fiji for a money laundering conference. From the moment she arrives in the country things go wrong, including some weird perv breaking into her room while she sleeps and mucking about with her underwear. But that pales into insignificance when she stumbles upon the murdered body of a new friend. Louisa wants to help find the truth and the killer. But DI Vika, the officer in charge of the investigation, tells Louisa to keep out of it. 
            Louisa isn’t happy. Not one little bit. The slime-ball snooper is still breaking into her room, and although Louisa doesn’t know how or why, she’s sure there’s a connection between the break-ins and the murder. Determined to get to the truth, and with the help of Fijian colleague Constable Makereta, Louisa embarks on journey which takes her into Fiji’s underworld and fighting for her life. 
            The Shoeshine Killer is the second book in the Scottish Lady Detective mystery series featuring Detective Louisa Townsend.

Guam

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Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt

Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt

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Isabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think since no one in her family will talk about the truth. But in spite of their avoidance, in spite of their brave faces, the truth has a way of revealing itself at night, in her family's behavior. Her father sleeps curled up on the floor right where Mama's body was found. Olivia wets her bed and wakes repeatedly from nightmares, and Frank has started carving his anger into his bedroom wall. It's up to Isabel to help her family get beyond the pain and loss—to be the keeper of the night. But who will help Isabel? 


And No Birds Sing: The Story of an Ecological Disaster in a Tropical Paradise by Mark Jaffe

And No Birds Sing: The Story of an Ecological Disaster in a Tropical Paradise by Mark Jaffe

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And No Birds Sing is a true environmental detective story that explores one of the strangest ecological disasters of this century - the extinction of birds on the island of Guam. As early as the 1960s, game wardens on the Pacific island noticed that the bird population was dwindling. In the late 1970s, the pace clearly accelerated. Yet, there were no carcasses or clues. It was as if an unseen, malevolent spirit were loose in the rain forest, and the birds were simply vanishing. In the early 1980s, a young biologist, Julie Savidge, was hired to investigate the mystery of Guam's disappearing birds. At the same time, biologist Bob Beck was given the task of saving the rarest species of birds - now teetering on the brink of extinction. Together they spearheaded one of the most inventive projects in conservation biology. But when Savidge finally named her prime suspect in the massacre - a fierce, slender snake that had accidentally been brought to the island - few believed her. The reason? There was simply no case in the annals of zoology of a reptile ever doing such massive ecological damage. Somehow Savidge had to prove her theory. And No Birds Sing is the gripping story of the battle between predators and prey, and of the scientists who struggled to restore the natural balance. But this is a story of more than just a single extinction episode on one small island. It highlights the threat posed when alien species are introduced to new habitats where they run rampant, unchecked by natural enemies. This is how the kudzu vine took over the American South, the zebra mussel choked the Great Lakes, and the Mediterranean fruit fly became the menace of California agriculture. In fact, scientists now consider these interlopers - ranging from bacteria to purple loosestrife weeds to feral pigs - as posing as serious a threat to global biodiversity as the felling of the rain forest or the hunting of endangered species.


Attitude 13 by Tanya Taimanglo

Attitude 13 by Tanya Taimanglo

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Attitude 13: A Daughter of Guam's Collection of Short Stories offers a glimpse into the life of Chamorros across the spectrum of humanity. Taimanglo's anthology includes a myriad of voices and points-of-view with strong Chamorro themes. The stories range from humorous to poignant and offer a mirror for fellow Chamorros and a passport for others to be introduced to the Pacific Islander culture. From the pride of a "Hafa Adai!" to the shackles of a culture scarred by colonialism, Attitude 13 is a literary expression of Taimanglo's love for her island home of Guam.

French Polynesia

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Tales of Tahitian Waters by Zane Grey

Tales of Tahitian Waters by Zane Grey

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This book descibes Grey's hair-rasing tales of fishing in shark-infested Pacific waters.


Trouble in Tahiti by Carolyn Keene

Trouble in Tahiti by Carolyn Keene

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Nancy and her friend, Bree, discover that Tahiti is no paradise as they search for the truth behind the death of Bree’s mother in a freak accident five years ago.


Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

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Keith Stewart is a quiet and unassuming man called upon to undertake an extraordinary task. A skilled maker of miniature working models, he lives a modest life devoted to his hobby. But when his sister and her wealthy husband die in a shipwreck on a coral reef in the Pacific—while trying to smuggle out of England their entire fortune in diamonds hidden in the keel of their yacht—Keith becomes trustee for his orphaned niece. To save her from destitution he must travel halfway around the world and risk a long voyage in a small boat in inhospitable waters to recover her inheritance. In the course of his adventure-filled quest, a colorful and international cast of characters mobilize to help him, and this humble man discovers he has more friends and admirers than he could have dared to imagine. 


Admit it- you are considering this book because of "Moana"

Admit it- you are considering this book because of "Moana"

Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems In English by Albert Wendt

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Whetu Moana is a historic work - the first anthology of contemporary indigenous Polynesian poetry in English edited by Polynesians.