The Whale Rider is a novel by Witi Ihimaera. This text is often times read in middle school, but some students can not read the text as it is written. They may require a simplified version of the events in the text in order to comprehend and participate in class discussions. Here is a modified version of the novel for your students who are still reading at an elementary level but who you want to include in your middle school language arts class.
This is only a shortened summary of the story and you can purchase the whole story from a reputable company.