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Title: Akea – The Power of Destiny
Author: Elizabeth Jade
Illustrator: Anthony Wallis
Published: May 25th, 2017
Age range: 5 – 15
This is a delightful story of Akea, a pup born to sled dog parents but who has a destiny far away from the humans and their sleds. From her birth onwards it is clear that fate has different plans for Akea, but there are many factors to be overcome before she can achieve her destiny.
This is a children’s story and contains quite a few difficult names but it is an engaging story with plenty of twists to keep the reader enthralled and turning pages. The huskies and wolves form the main characters in this story and they are brought to life in this lovely tale. It will appeal to any animal lovers and is a heartwarming tale of family, being different and love as well as developing resilience to overcome any obstacles life puts in your path. Whilst it is a story many less able readers will love to have read to them, I believe it will particularly appeal to able readers who are capable of reading it independently and enjoying the story for themselves.
I was gifted a paperback copy of this book, without obligation. I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to see the beautiful sketches and illustrations with appear throughout the book, adding to the understanding and enjoyment of the story. I hope there are further adventures for Akea in the future and would certainly like to read them. This is my honest review after reading the book.
Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea’s destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.
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Youtube Author Readings
Reading from Chapter 1 – https://youtu.be/umBbQRv2GI0 (2 mins 44 secs)
Reading from Chapter 6 – https://youtu.be/7weWzfS-Sng (2 mins 26 secs)
Reading from Chapter 10 – https://youtu.be/G0j5djycPrs (2 mins 17 secs)
Elizabeth Jade was born in North Yorkshire, England, in 1998 and moved with her family to Wellington when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly and she began home schooling at the age of 7. She stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder). She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at various animal rescues, so it seemed only natural that her stories would revolve around them.
Social Media Links
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AkeaWolfStories/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AkeaWolfStories
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/abarton3263/
Website – www.elizabethjade.org
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour associated with it. The review is my own, honest opinion after reading the book.