Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates

Noora Kunnas

Original title: Salmanterin Terttu ja minimerirosvot

Author: Noora Kunnas

Illustrator: Teemu Juhani

Published: 2019

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 140

Part of a series: Mabel Merryweather

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English sample and synopsis

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 9 territories!
  • Winner of the Prix Chronos 2023 in Switzerland!

Supergranny, a singing rooster, and mischievous mini pirates – a new series begins!

Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exciting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arranging competition, when the town is hit by a jewel thief. Nick, Lilly, and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to life and are rummaging through backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared that same day? Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.

Black-and-white illustrations by Teemu Juhani


"Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates has absurd plot twists but moves on at comfortable pace. Small children might not get every joke, but that’s no problem. Plot is suitable for everyone from early-reader to someone who already enjoys 700-page fantasy novels – the humor makes it very lovable. The brilliant illustrations bring the characters and events of the book alive." – LueLue Viidakkoponi blog

"From early readers to adventure lovers, Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates is a great book for everyone! It can be read by the child himself, or as a bedtime story with parents (as we did). The chapters are nicely short and the pacing is great." – Kirjavinkit blog

"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

"Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates is a vibrant, cheerful and lighthearted from the beginning to the end. It is an adventure novel, but with new fresh elements like a singing rooster and mini-pirates. Not only has it an exciting story, it also has a very good message - the elderly people are not depicted as passive and helpless but on the contrary: the grannies and the children solve problems together!" – Hanna Győri, Editor, Pozsonyi Pagony,  Hungary

"From early readers to adventure lovers, Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates is a great book for everyone!

– Kirjavinkit blog

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
BULGARIA: Enthusiast
GERMANY: Mixtvision
ITALY: Terre di Mezzo
NETHERLANDS: Veltman Uitgevers


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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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2019, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

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