Author(s): Des Hunt
As children, Logan's grandfather and his sister Mavis spotted a beautiful and unusual bird in the kowhai tree outside their house: it was a huia, which was believed to be extinct. In an attempt to photograph it they tracked it deep into the Manawatu Gorge. This was a dangerous journey, made even more so when the Carson boys got wind of their mission and decided to try and find the bird first so they could shoot it and sell its highly valuable feathers.
More than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try to solve the mystery of what happened to the huia all those years ago. Can the group rely on Grandpop's version of events, and find the huia's final resting place? Will the huia still be there, and will its DNA still be valuable for scientific research into NZ's native fauna? Not if the Carsons have anything to do with it ...
When we look into the past we don't what we will find. When Logan's grandpa Jim goes back into his memories he finds pain and sadness, but also an exhilarating, breath-taking, amazing story of a lifetime! Project Huia is a meaningful novel in which a boy named Logan and his grandpa help a woman called Ana and Project Huia find a dead huia bird that Jim saw when he was twelve! As Jim shares his memories with the others, the reader begins to find out about the last surviving Huia and a family of thugs who (multiple times) make their mission a whole lot harder! It ends leaving you full with hope! - Ludo (12)
Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014
Storylines 2014 Notable Junior Fiction.
Des Hunt, some years ago, made the transition from writing textbooks for secondary students to novels for younger readers (shortlisted for NZ Post awards three times), while still maintaining his aims of fostering young peoples' natural interest in the science of their surroundings. Des has authored 14 books in this genre.