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I hope what gives my books their sense of authenticity, other than the natural inculcation of the island’s physical and cultural landscape, which ends up in my sentences by osmosis, is my use of language. In Hawaii we often speak what we call pidgin English, a kind of tropical patois. For example, in standard English, one would say, “I am going home.” In Hawaiian pidgin, it would be, “I going home.” A simple thing, but over the course of a novel, it becomes a bigger thing, a part of a character’s being. It resonates. Syntax, too, creates that feeling of authenticity... Read More


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Blue Skin of the Sea
Written by Graham Salisbury
Paperback

Eleven interlinked stories tell the tale of a boy coming of age in Kailua-Kona, a Hawaiian fishing village. Sonny Mendoza is a little different from the rest of the men in his family. Salisbury explores characters like Aunty Pearl, a full-blooded Hawaiian as regal as the queens of old; cool Jack... Read More
 





Blue Skin of the Sea
Written by Graham Salisbury
eBook

Eleven interlinked stories tell the tale of a boy coming of age in Kailua-Kona, a Hawaiian fishing village. Sonny Mendoza is a little different from the rest of the men in his family. Salisbury explores characters like Aunty Pearl, a full-blooded Hawaiian as regal as the queens of old; cool Jack... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover Library Binding

There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover

There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

Hawaii boy Calvin Coconut has come up with the best idea ever for his sister Darci's birthday party. But a huge tropical storm hits the islands and threatens everything. It rains and rains. And rains.

The river next to Calvin's house rises high. When Calvin's friend Willy falls into the raging water... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover

Hawaii boy Calvin Coconut has come up with the best idea ever for his sister Darci's birthday party. But a huge tropical storm hits the islands and threatens everything. It rains and rains. And rains.

The river next to Calvin's house rises high. When Calvin's friend Willy falls into the raging water... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

Calvin Coconut's fourth-grade class meets Benni Obi, a weird and likable new kid. Benny brags about knowing kung fu, eats worms, crickets, and chocolate-covered scorpions, and says all the wrong things to bully Tito. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, neighborhood kids and pets clear the road—Calvin's babysitter Stella is learning how to drive. She's... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover

Calvin Coconut's fourth grade class meets Benni Obi, a weird and likable new kid. Benny brags about knowing kung fu, wears mirrored sunglasses, eats worms, crickets, and chocolate-covered scorpions, and says all the wrong things to bully Tito. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, the neighborhood kids and pets clear the road—Calvin's  babysitter Stella is...

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Calvin Coconut: Man Trip
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

Calvin and his mom's boyfriend, Ledward, are good friends. When Ledward wins plane tickets, he invites Calvin to fly to Hawaii, the Big Island, for a day, and go deep-sea fishing. Wow! Calvin's never been on a plane, or any boat but his skiff. What a day—Calvin catches his first big... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

Calvin's dad is a famous pop singer, and he's going to be in a concert on the island! Everyone wants to go. Dad gave Calvin's mom 10 tickets, and Calvin has to decide who gets the last ticket: teacher's pet Shayla, who has a crush on him (ick!) or Tito the... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

Calvin's dad is a famous pop singer, and he's going to be in a concert on the island! Everyone wants to go. Dad gave Calvin's mom 10 tickets, and Calvin has to decide who gets the last ticket: teacher's pet Shayla, who has a crush on him (ick!) or Tito the... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover

Calvin's dad is a famous pop singer, and he's going to be in a concert on the island! Everyone wants to go. Dad gave Calvin's mom 10 tickets, and Calvin has to decide who gets the last ticket: teacher's pet Shayla, who has a crush on him (ick!) or Tito the... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet
Written by Graham Salisbury
Trade Paperback

A humorous chapter book about a fourth-grade boy, full of the fun of growing up in Hawaii.
 
Calvin Coconut lives near the beach in Kailua, Hawaii, with his mom and his little sister. All his friends live there, too.


Mom says: "You're the man of the house, Cal." Which means: Be responsible... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix
Written by Graham Salisbury
eBook

Calvin Coconut needs to fix things with Stella—and fast!

Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn’t bad enough for Calvin, Stella teases him mercilessly. What’s a nine-year-old boy to do? Calvin decides to “fix” her, and he dumps his neighbor’s... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix
Written by Graham Salisbury
Trade Paperback

Calvin Coconut needs to fix things with Stella—and fast!

Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn’t bad enough for Calvin, Stella teases him mercilessly. What’s a nine-year-old boy to do? Calvin decides to “fix” her, and he dumps his neighbor’s... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix
Written by Graham Salisbury
Hardcover

Calvin Coconut needs to fix things with Stella—and fast!

Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn’t bad enough for Calvin, Stella teases him mercilessly. What’s a nine-year-old boy to do? Calvin decides to “fix” her, and he dumps his neighbor’s... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

Calvin's mom says his new dog Streak smells bad.  Especially her breath. Calvin's convinced that Streak's stink is a good one, but he's worried. If he doesn't solve Streak's problem soon, mom might make him give his beloved new dog back to the shelter. So when his teacher assigns his students... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Trade Paperback

What do you want so badly that you can taste it—and can you persuade someone to give it to you? That's the subject of a fourth-grade writing assignment. Calvin wants a dog! He reads what he's written to his mom to see just how persuasive he can be. No way, Mom... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hardcover

What do you want so badly that you can taste it—and can you persuade someone to give it to you? That’s the subject of a writing assignment Calvin’s fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Purdy, gives the class. Calvin wants a dog! He reads what he’s written to his mom to see just how... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

What do you want so badly that you can taste it—and can you persuade someone to give it to you? That’s the subject of a writing assignment Calvin’s fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Purdy, gives the class. Calvin wants a dog! He reads what he’s written to his mom to see just how... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

Hawaii boy Calvin Coconut has come up with the best idea ever for his sister Darci's birthday party. But a huge tropical storm hits the islands and threatens everything. It rains and rains. And rains.

The river next to Calvin's house rises high. When Calvin's friend Willy falls into the raging water... Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

Calvin Coconut's fourth grade class meets Benni Obi, a weird and likable new kid. Benny brags about knowing kung fu, wears mirrored sunglasses, eats worms, crickets, and chocolate-covered scorpions, and says all the wrong things to bully Tito. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, the neighborhood kids and pets clear the road—Calvin's  babysitter Stella is...

Read More
 





Calvin Coconut: Man Trip
Written by Graham Salisbury
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
eBook

Calvin and his Mom's boyfriend, Ledward, are good friends. When Ledward wins plane tickets, he invites Calvin to go on a man trip—they'll fly to Hawaii, the Big Island, for a day, and go deep-sea fishing. Wow! Calvin's never been on a plane, or any boat but his skiff. What a... Read More
 

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