Nothing is Impossible

Book Author & Illustrator Linda Tuhiwai-Smith & Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Rangi’s life changes one night when he tries to protect his mum from being beaten by her boyfriend. But she is badly injured and taken to hospital. Rangi goes to live with Nan and Koro, and during this time, he gets a homework project he thinks is impossible – about his mum and her work. He thinks he can’t do it because his mum doesn’t work. But Nan and Koro know differently and get out photographs, articles and trophies to show Rangi her achievements and abilities as an activist, volunteer, fundraiser and sports champion. When Rangi shows these to his mum and they talk about the stories, she is reminded about her capabilities and self-worth. Rangi is inspired, works hard on the project, and his presentation is a success.

About the Author
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
(Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) is a professor in Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. She is a world-renowned, leading scholar and researcher in indigenous studies, indigenous education and research methodologies and has written many publications in this area. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for her services to Māori and education.

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. Isobel studied design at the Whanganui School of Design and Massey University and uses both digital and traditional media. She specialises in symbolism and metaphor, and her work is influenced by mythology and folk tales, botanical illustration and life experience.


Huia Publishers


200 mm x 180 mm



Picture Books

Age range
5-11 years

Publication Date
February 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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