As Paul struggles to understand his family's livelihood, he learns that being a man has nothing to do with wielding the power to hurt people and animals.
Paul Silva lives in a paradise--a little farm high in the hills of a lush, green island in Hawaii--where his disabled father makes a living by raising, training, and caring for roosters. But Paul has been sheltered from the harsh reality of the ties between the family business and the underworld of cockfighting.
When a friend's older brother decides to initiate Paul into the macho culture of cockfighting, Paul is shocked by what he sees. Illegal drugs. Gambling. But worst of all is the spectacle in the cockpit. With razor-sharp blades--gaffs--attached to their heels, the birds ruthlessly attack each other in a bloody fight to the death. Sickened by the brutal scene, Paul vows to find a way to get his family out of the business altogether. Eventually Paul learns to meet the tests of making decisions in the real world, which is far from a paradise.
Author Shan Correa brings to live the diverse and culture found in Hawaii, including Hawaiian Pidgin English, through this unique topic and engaging story.
Shan Correa holds degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii. She has worked as a writing consultant, a freelance writer, and an editor and has published many newspaper articles and stories for children in magazines such as Cricket and Jack and Jill. Gaff is her first children's book. Correa lives in Hawaii.