Mabel Merryweather and the King of Thieves

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)


GERMANY: Mixtvision



Original title: Salmanterin Terttu ja huijareiden kuningas

Author: Noora Kunnas

Illustrator: Teemu Juhani

Published: 2020

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 140

Part of a series: Mabel Merryweather

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The wild gang is back! Nick, Lilly, Supergranny Mabel and her speaking rooster face a new enemy: an art hustler. Second book of a new middle grade mystery series!

The town of Dalton is celebrating a local children’s poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there’s also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings Nick and Lilly help the police to catch a thief – and to teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.

Black-and-white illustrations by Teemu Juhani


"In the book, the children are forced – or allowed – to do quite much on their own. The kids meet their next-door neighbor, a whimsical old lady whose life seems a bit magical, at least judged by the talking pet rooster. – – The book takes place in a lovely little summery town, which has a touch of the fairy-tale atmosphere. The events are suitably exciting and the book has a detective plotline." – Lähiömutsi blog on Mabel Merryweather and King of Thieves


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Noora Kunnas

Noora Kunnas (born in 1987) 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 seven children’s books at Otava (2015 – 2021),  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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