Menace on Maui by Chris Pono
Our heroes are high-school-aged kids who live on Maui: two girls, Amy and Eva, and two boys, Kevin and Rajiv. Kevin's older brother Kyle works as a bodyguard, and he brings the heroes along as sentries. Their job is to warn Kyle if any trouble is heading in the direction of his movie-star client. But they have to get involved to stop the attacks of some nasty paparazzi. The adventure features island life: whale watching, bicycling down a volcano, and visiting a real Hawaiian home.
"I enjoyed your novel very much! I liked all of the characters. I found the kidsí relationships with their parents very realistic and very refreshing. Actually, Iíd love to visit them in Maui. Your plot will be great for book club and classroom discussions because you use so many social issues: body shape of young girls, cancer survival, paparazzi, personal security, endangered species. I see so many interesting possibilities. And I liked the ethnicity found woven together in your plot/characters. Your book will appeal to the multicultural committees found in schools today."
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and found the Hawaiian mythology and way of life to be intriguing. I'm recommending it to students right now."
"It's one of my ten favorite books of all time!"
San Diego, CA