Lopini the Legend

What if a perfectionist tries to get better at failing?

When Lopini is replaced as kapa haka leader at school, he starts to spiral.

It doesn’t matter that he thinks it’s a good idea, or that he agreed to the change in the first place. He’s a hard-out perfectionist and this feels like a public failure.

Lopini’s best mate, Fi, thinks he’s overreacting. After all, he’s so successful that everyone at school calls him Lopini the Legend. But Lopini still freaks out whenever something goes wrong – and he HATES it. He decides to practise failing, so he won’t feel like that anymore.

Can Lopini still be a legend, if everyone knows he isn’t perfect?

Written by Feana Tu’akoi

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Winner of the 2022 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award

Feana Tuʻakoi’s fun, energetic characters enliven the pages of this heartwarming, funny story, exploring fear of failure in a light-hearted manner. The story demonstrates how doing good deeds for others can enrich your own life. The cover and some internal illustrations created by the
talented up-and-coming artist, Story Hemi-Morehouse.

Feana Tu'akoi About the Kiwi author

Feana Tu‘akoi is a Kirikiriroa-based writer, with a strong background in educational publishing. Much of her work centres around Tongan–Pālangi families like her own. Eight of her books for children have been recognised in the junior fiction, non-fiction or picture book categories of various awards, and her work has been translated into several languages. Her other books for Scholastic NZ include Jonah’s First Day, Lest We Forget, and the What is a…? series of non-fiction science books about mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and fish. Feana was the 2022 Massey University Writer in Residence and was a judge for the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 cm

Paperback edition



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Scholastic NZ

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