The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Ariki and the Giant Shark
Publisher: Walker Books
Ariki lives on Turtle Island and spends her free time playing in the ocean. Life on the island isn’t perfect though. She’s teased by other island children for being different. She is not getting on with her guardian either, who is the island's respected Star Gazer.
When a local fishing boat is threatened by a huge shark, the island's queen is convinced the creature means the islanders harm and wants to destroy the island. However, Ariki discovers the truth about the rare shark – it needs their help. While Ariki races to prevent the queen waging a war against nature, she discovers she has unique powers which may just save the day.
An adventure story about friendship, families and being different, this exciting plot will keep children hooked. The vivid descriptions of marine life will transport readers straight into the sea with Ariki – no doubt, the result of Nicola Davies’ zoologist background. Ariki is a strong and independent heroine; a perfect role model for children everywhere.
This book is also a lovely introduction to island life and nature-centred cultures. It could help readers consider how different life can be for children around the world.