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Black Sands

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As a volcano on Hawaii begins to rumble, sudden, inexplicable tragedies bring an unlikely couple together.

Annie Tagama has always been content to bask in the glow of her brother and sister and to quietly assist her father in his volcano research. Annie has a secret crush on Mano Ohana, though he's never noticed her. Her devotion turns to disdain after a mistake by Mano kills her beloved brother.

But when her younger sister goes missing, she's forced to turn to her former love, now her sworn enemy, for help.

Mano Ohana made a fateful mistake that cold night. A mistake that probably cost the life of his best friend, Tomi Tagama. But the night before he is to bring Tomi's belongings to his family, Mano discovers his friend is still alive--but he's in serious danger. Worse, the danger threatens to spill over to the rest of the Tagama family-and the entire Hawaiian islands.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Annie is the type of person who thinks she has to take care of everything and everyone. What are the pitfalls of feeling that way? Have you ever felt like everything depended on you?
  2. Mano hated to admit weakness of any kind. Why do we think we have to put on a front and not share with others where we're weak? How can we overcome this tendency?
  3. Have you ever been afraid of something like Annie feared the lava? What did you do to overcome it? If you haven't overcome it, what should you do?
  4. We're taught to honor our parents. Did Annie take that to the extreme? Why or why not?
  5. The ancient Hawaiians had human sacrifices to their gods. While we no longer commit such atrocities, we sometimes sacrifice our loved ones to our own desires. Sometimes it can even be good things that take our focus. Can you think of ways we put ourselves and our desires ahead of our loved ones the way Noah did?
  6. Leilani reacted to her mother's death differently than Annie. Why do you think she rebelled? Is there anything Annie or her father could have done to help her?
  7. Which member of the Tagama family took advantage of Annie the most? Did it make you mad at that person or at Annie for allowing it?
  8. Annie's real beauty was her serving nature and strong character. Why do we put so much emphasis on outer beauty?
  9. There are several facets to Tomi's fascination with the Iranian girl. Do you think Tomi really loved Afsoon? Why or why not?
  10. What was Gina's main motive? Did you understand it? How should she have handled the adversity life brought?

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Black Sands, Colleen Coble
  • Black Sands, Colleen Coble

Details

As a volcano on Hawaii begins to rumble, sudden, inexplicable tragedies bring an unlikely couple together.

Annie Tagama has always been content to bask in the glow of her brother and sister and to quietly assist her father in his volcano research. Annie has a secret crush on Mano Ohana, though he's never noticed her. Her devotion turns to disdain after a mistake by Mano kills her beloved brother.

But when her younger sister goes missing, she's forced to turn to her former love, now her sworn enemy, for help.

Mano Ohana made a fateful mistake that cold night. A mistake that probably cost the life of his best friend, Tomi Tagama. But the night before he is to bring Tomi's belongings to his family, Mano discovers his friend is still alive--but he's in serious danger. Worse, the danger threatens to spill over to the rest of the Tagama family-and the entire Hawaiian islands.

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Series Aloha Reef Series
Publication Date November 10, 2005
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0785260439
ISBN-13 9780785260431
Height 8.2"
Width 5.4"