Tongan Heroes

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Tongan Heroes is the third book in the Pasifika Heroes series. It follows We Are the Rock (Niuean) and Samoan Heroes.

Paperback, 132 pages, 240mm x 218mm landscape
ISBN 978-0-473-35244-8
$30 (plus GST)

Tongan Heroes tells the inspirational stories of achievers who have Tongan ancestry. It includes legends like Muni and Kavaoanu; historical figures such as Queen Salote Tupou III and Professor Futa Helu; and contemporary heroes like Manu Vatuvei, Jonah Lomu, The Jets, and Dr Konai Helu Thaman. The book is written to inspire young Tongans, to encourage reading and promote literacy. The book is illustrated by Samoan comic book artist, Michel Mulipola.

“Thank you very much David Riley for teaching us so much about famous Tongan people around the world, and how Tongans make Aotearoa a cool place to live. I especially want to thank you for writing a book about famous Tongan people because you don’t always get to read about famous Tongan people who had changed the world.”

“Thank you for helping us to embrace our culture. And we hope that you carry on doing what you do because you’re an inspiration to all the young kids out there, especially the Tongan ones. You have influenced us to achieve our dream and be the first Tongan super star. Thank you very much.”

“You have made me realize that we can achieve anything in lives. I have been inspired with your work and how you explain things to us so we can understand it. Oku Mau Fiefia i ho’o ngaue. ( We are happy about your work ). We hope you still continue to inspire other young people who think they are not worth anything.”

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