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  • Keywords
    • friendship,
    • survival,
    • Polynesian Islands,
    • dolphins,
    • childhood,
    • sharks,
    • family

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The Search for Shehakim
Mahana and Tarila
by S. L. Brown

An evening of storytelling around the fire turns into an exciting adventure for Mahana, a young girl who lives on the island of Ua Huka, when she hears a voice calling her name. The voice leads her to the beach, where she falls asleep in a boat. Mahana loves to dream about travelling to new places, and she deeply desires to visit Shehakim (heaven), so when the boat breaks loose and she wakes up to find herself drifting out to sea, she decides to sail towards a star that points to heaven. Along the way, she meets Tarila, a young dolphin who became separated from her pod when a shark attacked. Tarila is caught in some loose fishing net, so Mahana frees her and together they continue on the adventure, encountering storms, hunger, and fatigue. Mahana eventually falls asleep and dreams of visiting her grandparents in Shehakim, which surprisingly looks a lot like Ua Huka! After several days of drifting, they discover Tarila's pod. Now reunited with her family, Tarila and the pod help Mahana find her way home, but not before a repeat encounter with the shark! Young readers will delight in this tale of courage, friendship, and ocean life. As Mahana discovers, we don’t have to wait to know the happiness that heaven holds, because the secret is appreciating what we have today with our family and friends.

Author S. L. (Steve) Brown lives in St. Albert, Alberta, close to his three adult children. He is a self-admitted daydreamer, like Mahana, with an active imagination and a love for adventure (which occasionally got him into trouble when he was younger) that he now channels into his writing. This is Brown’s first published book. Illustrator Greg McConnell lives in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island with his wife and two daughters, who provide him with endless inspiration and a continuous supply of crayons. Greg has worked in the animation industry for twenty years on a number of cartoons, including My Little Pony and Martha Speaks, a show created from the works of famed children's book author Susan Meddaugh. When not drawing for animation or illustration projects, Greg likes to… well... draw, and also sculpt, or do anything creative and hands-on. His two daughters have also started to develop grand artistic skills and love to join in on any family creative fun.


S. L. Brown
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