There is always a special feeling I get when I read a book written by a Maori about being Maori, where the world is described through eyes that are my eyes - the people, the humour, the sadness and the occasions are familiar parts of my life - and Tahuri is such a book."" -Books for Secondary School Libraries
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At the heart of this collection are two young Maori women, Tahuri and Whero, who struggle with their Maori as well as individual identities. Most of the tales revolve around daily life in the pa (village) where Tahuri and Whero laugh with the joy of community and cry at injustices often directed at them because of their color, sex, or choice of lovers. With an adventurous spirit, they also explore life away from the pa. Set on New Zealand's North Island in an area known for its thermal springs and sulfur baths, these stories of small, isolated incidents allow the reader a searing look into these lives. It's a world of aunties, girl cousins, and girl friends; of grandmothers who are round and soft, with laps full of love and comfort. When Auntie Pani is storytelling in the baths, "all her chins waggled with excitement, and her left eye, slightly lopsided, winked wickedly at her niece, closest to her, head just above the surface of the water, ears glowing in the heat, hair slicked about her neck like leaves of long wet grass." These are also tales of pain and abuse. After Tahuri is raped, a young male friend "quietly insist[s] that the boys wouldn't treat a Maori girl, one of their own, like that." Throughout Ngahuia Te Awekotuku's stories, Tahuri and Whero find women whom they can emulate and who will guide them, and help them discover the strength they need to carry the sometimes very weighty burdens of youth. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
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Book Description Three O'Clock Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110889611831