Wide as the Wind
Wide as the Wind
Wide as the Wind
The lyrical tale of a boy, a girl, their island, and how they saved it. Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island (Vaitéa). It could be described as quest fiction for all ages in the line of Tolkien's The Hobbit, but it is set in the real world, not Middle-earth. Wide as the Wind portrays Polynesian voyages across the Pacific Ocean in canoes with no metal parts or instruments: the greatest adventure in human prehistory, as bold as modern space voyages (National Geographic). When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the fifteen-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island to find the seeds and shoots of trees that could reforest their homeland. If he decides to undertake the voyage, he must leave behind Kenetéa, a young woman from an enemy tribe with whom he has fallen deeply in love. And if Miru and his crew survive the storms, sharks and marauding ships that await them on a journey over uncharted ocean, an even greater mission would lie ahead. They must show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred. Wide as the Wind is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Tribal conflict. Environmental desolation. Societal suffering. Based on ten years of Easter Island research, Edward Stanton’s novel “Wide as the Wind” tells the coming of age tale of two Polynesian siblings who embark on a dangerous journey to restore natural and cultural life and prosperity to their diminishing home island.

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2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

2017 silver Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Historical Fiction


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