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The Astromancer The rising of Matariki

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The Astromancer The rising of Matariki – by Witi Ihimaera, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

The Astromancer is looking for four new apprentices to learn about Matariki and the Maramataka calendar. She chooses three boys and an orphan girl, Ariā, who will come only if she can bring her smelly dog. Ariā, though, is bored by the lessons, and she doesn’t want to be told what to do.

But these are dangerous times, and Ruatapu the Ravenous is about to threaten the safety of the whole tribe. Will Ariā step up to save them?

Format: This book is a Hardcover.

Language: This book is written in English

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About the Author

Witi Ihimaera (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki) is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer, anthologist and librettist. He was the first Māori writer to publish both a book of short stories and a novel and has published many notable novels and collections of short stories.

Other books available by Witi Ihimaera:

The whale rider

Navigating the stars Māori creation myths

He has also edited

Pūrakau Māori myths retold by Māori writers

Words of a kaumatua


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