Mabel Merryweather and the Crowbar Gala

Noora Kunnas

Original title: Salmanterin Terttu ja Sorkkarautagaala

Author: Noora Kunnas

Illustrator: Teemu Juhani

Published: 2022

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 144

Part of a series: Mabel Merryweather

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A fast and funny middle grade mystery series by a Finnish children’s book author who loves Roald Dahl and crazy stories!

  • Series sold to 7 territories!
  • Nominated for the Prix Chronos 2023 in Switzerland!

A bandit gathering at an awards gala causes havoc in town! The fourth title in this cracking detective series for middle-grade readers.

Nick and Lilly go camping and birdwatching on an island. Visiting Mabel’s inventor-friend Helga turns out to be anything but quiet when Pedro the Rooster vanishes. To boot, the news reports say that a bunch of bandits have escaped from prison.

Soon, they find out that the old factory building on the opposite shore is not being used for filming the newest season of a popular game show, but instead for organizing the Crowbar Gala, in which awards for the most successful bandits are given out. Without the wits of Nick, Lilly, and the mighty Mabel Merryweather, these goons would be able to continue with their mischief.

As soon as we saw the covers, illustrations, and read reviews, we immediately fell in love with these stories! A detective mystery, magic, dynamic plot, humor, attractive characters, and beautiful illustrations by Teemu Juhani – all this helped us to make the quickest decision about the series.

– Darya Bozhko, Foreign Rights Manager, Children’s Books Department, EKSMO Publishing House, Russia

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)


About author

Noora Kunnas

Noora Kunnas is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in her zany books. She loves animals and British humor – she grew up watching Jeeves and Wooster and eating ice cream straight from the container. Kunnas draws her inspiration from the world of Roald Dahl. The trademark of her books is a nutty humor, spiced with quirky characters, as well as the titillating mood of various settings, where anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Noora Kunnas has published eight children’s books at Otava (2015 – 2022),  and her works have been nominated for the prestigious Tiiliskivi and Lukuvarkaus literary prizes in Finland. She graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts with a degree in film, and she worked in television since.


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