by Bernie Hanvey
Sam Tyler has an IQ so far off the charts he becomes a member of MENSA, the High IQ Society, before he is a teenager.
He receives a fast-track scholarship from the University of Aberystwyth on the west coast of Wales. He becomes the youngest person to achieve a double Ph.D. in British history.
Sometimes, with extremely high intelligence, there are other special abilities. In Sam's case, his abilities happen to include levitation and telekinesis - and there are others.
At the age of fifteen, Sam calls a halt to academic life, so he can discover where his future will eventually take him.
He leaves his family and friends in the UK to travel to New Zealand.
In the Maori burial ground on the side of Taupiri Mountain, near Ngaruawahia, he meets a very special dog called Hugo. The boy and his dog team up to help the people of Kaikoura and Japan after the earthquakes in the week following the Supermoon in November 2016. The bravery and unique abilities of a boy and his dog help to save the lives of many people in New Zealand and Japan.
Anything can, and often does, happen in this book. It's an exciting yarn for young - and not so young, adults.
by Bernie Hanvey
The Greenstone Valley and the Routeburn Track provide the spectacular backdrop for a story about the melding of entirely different cultures.
Kahu Turei and Lou (Louise) Jordan are fifteen-year-old students at Otumoetai College in Tauranga, New Zealand; he's Māori, and she’s American and they are as different as chalk and cheese. They insist they are not boyfriend and girlfriend, but they are 'best friends.'
To help in the grieving process after the tragic death of his parents, Kahu decides to tackle the Grand Traverse, a six-day hike through the beautiful Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks in the South Island. Lou joins him on the adventure, and what they find there is not just unexpected, it is out of this world.
When Kahu and Lou enter a cave illuminated by thousands of glowworms, the last thing they expected to find was an accessway to the underground world of Taara – below the surface of the South Island.
Taara existed centuries before the Maori people arrived in New Zealand. Some of the inhabitants were alive when the giant, flightless Moa roamed the land and Haast’s Eagle helped make them extinct.
When an old enemy threatens the Taarans, Kahu forms an army and teaches them the ancient Māori fighting technique of Mau Rākau. The Taaran army, with their newly acquired martial art skills, take on their enemy and win, not only one but two major battles.
If someone had told Lou and Kahu they would find amazing technological advances and the cure for cancer in a South Island Beech forest, nobody would have ever believed them.