Maia and the Mermaid Princess

Princess Henrietta, a beautiful mermaid, loves collecting pets, but when she takes in a knobblykneed creature, she doesn’t realise what it could cost him.

On land, Maia is excited to spend her holidays with her marine biologist father, where she discovers her ability to communicate with dolphins. It comes with a responsibility she never imagined. As she tries to understand her gift, her best friend, Jude-the-sleuth, investigates a boy’s suspected drowning, trying to uncover an elusive truth. With time running out, Maia must make a courageous choice, or someone will be in grave danger.

Join Maia and her dolphin friends on an enchanting journey filled with mermaid magic and mischief.

Written by Kate S Richards

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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

Kate S Richards authorFind out more about Auckland author and school librarian Kate S Richards on her author profile.

Additional information

Dimensions20 × 12.7 cm

Paperback edition

First published




Published by

Kate S. Richards


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