Kotuku by Deborah Savage

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Charlotte Williamson Thorpe—Wim—comes from a long line of sea captains based out of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Since her best friend died the summer before, all Wim wants is to be left alone, to finish her senior year in peace and spend time with her dogs and the horses at Dune Stables.
But soon people start entering Wim’s life as if com- ing in on the tide. First she sees the man with the tattooed face. He seems to be trying to tell her something. Next Aunt Kia arrives. Then there’s David Te Makara, a compelling visitor from New Zealand who has moved into the cottage behind her house to research her family history. He has his fifteen-year-old niece with him, and Wim can’t help but react to Tangi’s strong opinions.
Soon Wim’s quiet and safe routine is turned upside down, spilling out secrets too painful to face and too important to ignore. One of the mysteries is an antique journal, written in code by a boy who knew her most famous ancestor, Captain Charles Williamson Thorpe, who sailed away to New Zealand on a merchant vessel and returned to the Cape on a ship laden with secrets.
It will take every ounce of Wim’s courage to sift through the secrets and open her heart to love again.

About Deborah Savage

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Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review, "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.
Published April 29, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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A Maori academic, David, with his rebellious niece, Tangi, and Great Aunt Kia, whose befuddled senility dissipates whenever Wim is left with her.

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Professor David Te Makara, a stranger from New Zealand, provides the key in unlocking ancient secrets about Wim's ancestors.

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