I am writing for my children and because I think I ave a great story to tell. I love reading history, playing chess and running.
The most important thing is a good story, that connects well and includes a good amount of mystery and fantastic characters.
No adult fiction, please
The book tells the story of Noa, a Tahitian fisherboy, who struggles to make ends meet after his dad disappeared in the sea. When the new fishing boats of an evil corporation put him out of business, he sells everything he’s got and enter the notorious Tahiti surfing event, the “most dangerous in the world championship”, in a make-or-break attempt for survival.
During the even, though, his village is destroyed by a mythical sea monster, which, together with four others, was sealed in a deep abyss aeons ago, after a battle of gods.
Billionaire Gordon Mann comes forth as the villain who unleashed and now controls the monsters, with help from Hephaestus, god of fire. Noa and three friends (India, Stella and Luke) discover that an old pirate ship, Nami, houses the temple of Aeolus, god of winds, and has special powers. Equipped with wind-god swords and newly bestowed abilities, the surfer pirates sail off to save the world.
Noa rides one more wave, all the way to the beach, and steps off his surfboard. This is his favourite time of the day, and not just because he can surf in solitude. It is when infinite shades of orange and gold burst across the horizon, accompanied by an eruption of birdsong, from the jungle. His mum says that Apollo himself orchestrates this symphony of lights, and Noa rarely misses it.
At thirteen, he is tall and athletic, so his dad’s old swimming shorts don’t look too big on him. He has short curly hair, flat nose and high cheekbones, and his wide smile supplements his intelligent, brown eyes. On his chest, rests a nautilus shell necklace, which was a gift from his mum. He recently acquired his first Polynesian tattoo, on his left shoulder, an elaborate design that includes ocean waves, shark teeth and sea turtles.
His rugged red van is waiting on the road, with his creaky canoe fastened on the roof, ready for their final trip to the market. Most kids in his community never continue past primary school, instead they start working, as farmers, builders or carpenters. After his dad disappeared, at sea, Noa took up fishing.
He secures his board next to the canoe, and drives off. On his right, the morning clouds, on top of the vivid green Tahitian mountains, start to disperse. He rests his arm on the open window, and the cool, soft breeze that comes from the ocean, ruffles his hair. Since last week, big swells have been arriving from the south, and the iconic wave of his village, Teahupo’o, booms like thunder. That break is the reason his beach is one of the hottest surfing spots in the world. And it is key to Noa’s impossible plan, which begins today.
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