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September 21, 2013
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Hawaiian Author Returns to Swim with Sharks in Phenomenal Second Novel


PROVO, UT—Growing up is always difficult – but if you’re adopted, allergic to water, and have a strange connection with sharks, it’s downright problematic. Such is the life of Zader, the mysterious, lovable protagonist first introduced in the critically-acclaimed debut, One Boy, No Water.

Lehua Parker returns with One Shark, No Swim, the second installment in the Niuhi Shark Saga, offering fans a refreshing new tale with Zader and friends, and introducing new readers to an incredibly well-written juvenile series, whether they’ve read the first book or not.

On one hand, One Shark, No Swim is a solid, entertaining story with interesting characters and setting. On the other hand, this novel is a gateway into a place rarely discussed outside of its vacation resorts. Hawaiian culture is a wealth of myths and legends that, when mixed with reality by a skilled wordsmith, can become a sensation.

Enjoy the literary equivalent of a relaxing, yet exciting, vacation to Hawaii by cracking open One Shark, No Swim and losing yourself in the smoothly-crafted words.

For more information on the One Shark, No Swim and the Niuhi Shark Saga and to request a signing or interview with Lehua Parker, please contact Marissa Shields at

Title: One Shark, No Swim

Author: Lehua Parker

Illustrator: Corey Egbert

Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Trim: 5.5” x 8.5”

Pages: 280

Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Pacific Lit

Region: US, CAN, UK, AU

Distributor: Ingram

Publication Date: September 21, 2013

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Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores near you.

LEHUA PARKER is originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and Brigham Young University. As an advocate of Hawaiian culture and literature, her writings often feature her island heritage and the unique Hawaiian Pidgin. So far, Parker has been a live television director, a school teacher, a courseware manager, a sports coach, a theater critic, a SCUBA instructor, a poet, a web designer, a mother, and a wife. She currently lives in Heber, Utah with her husband, two children, five cats, two dogs, seven horses, and assorted chickens.

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Reviews for One Boy, No Water, Book One in the Niuhi Shark Saga:

“. . . One Boy, No Water is a colorful island tale and a modern take on various aspects of Hawaiian legend. . . . Lehua Parker has written a lovely book for an age group often ignored.”
—Hawaii Reads

One Boy, No Water is a compelling debut young adult novel . . . [It] touches upon everything from Hawaiian mythology to island speak to local customs that are in danger of disappearing.”
—Kirby Wright, author of Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Niu Ahina.

“In One Boy, No Water, [Parker] has created an engaging, believable work of magical realism . . . One Boy, No Water is original, magic, true, funny, and hard to put down.”—Sue Cowing, award-winning author of You Will Call Me Drog and My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii’s Kids.

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