|When the Kehua Calls (Scholastic, 2002)|
For such a short book, McKinnon did well to create a sinister feel early on and to ratchet up the tension quickly.
I learnt a lot about Maori customs from this story, which from the author's notes was his main intention of writing the story.
When the Kehua Calls has a glossary in the back to help readers with the Maori words. I recommend this well crafted book to middle school readers as it's short and sweet and not too challenging a read.