Story background: Maia discovers she can communicate with dolphins. Her gift requires her to embark on a hazardous rescue quest, or a boy will be in perilous danger. Amidst the unique beauty of New Zealand Aotearoa’s Coromandel, enchanted by traditional fairy tale elements, a captivating story unfolds.
For readers aged 8 to 12 years
What Book Next ~ “Dolphins, whales, an octopus called Octavia and Terence the turtle are all key characters in this ocean tale. Main character Maia is a senior primary student still smarting from an embarrassing event at school when something incredible happens. This event occurs on the ocean where her marine biologist father is working – guiding Maia’s story and character growth through the storyline. The title gives the reader a hint of the fantastical element of this tail (I mean tale), and we are taken into the depths of a world of pomp, ceremony, and royal traditions, before meeting a warrior Merman with an evil agenda. The self-confidence Maia obtains is engaging, along with the underwater world the author introduces.”
Kids Books NZ ~ “With themes of friendship, courage and risk-taking, and marine conservation it’s a junior fiction book for 8-12-year-old readers. Would make a stimulating read aloud in the classroom as it will start discussions about human’s need to stop over-fishing and clean up our waters.”
About the Kiwi author
Find out more about Auckland author and school librarian Kate S Richards on her author profile.