Set in modern Hawaii, the Niuhi Shark Saga is a five book middle grade/young adult series about Alexander Kaonakai Westin–Zader to his friends–and his ‘ohana. Told in standard American English, but sprinkled with Hawaiian Pidgin English and Hawaiian in the dialogue, the series paints a vibrant picture of island life where legend and tradition are as much a part of life as eating and drinking.
Found abandoned on a reef as a newborn and adopted by the Westin family, Zader faces many physical challenges and adventures growing up in Hawaii. Through the series as he matures and begins to adapt to his physical challenges in ways that make it easier to live a normal life, Zader’s world begins to turn upside down as his adopted and biological families and traditions collide—he will not only have to come to terms with who he is, but what he is as he ultimately defines who is family, what family is owed, and how he will live his life.
Book 1: One Boy, No Water publication date September 2012
Book 2: One Shark, No Swim publication date August 2013
Book 3: One Fight, No Fist (working title) publication date 2014
Book 4: One Dance, No Drum (working title) publication date TBD
Book 5: One Truth, No Lie (working title) publication date TBD