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Nikau's Escape

Jabu is captivated by Pania and her land, Aotearoa–the land of the long white cloud.

Jabu and Kyle join her on a winter sports adventure, with her brother Nikau and friends. But Nikau has a secret. His father was recently released from prison, and Nikau has destroyed something the man wants.

On the ski slopes and in the forests of Mount Ruapehu–during an unexpected volcanic eruption–the survival of Jabu and friends depends on Nikau.

Pursued by a man without conscience, caught in the violence of nature and divided by love and secrets, the group need a hero.

The final instalment in the Adventures of Jabu & Friends. A trilogy of stand-alone stories.

Paperback format
216 pages
6 x 0.54 x 9 inches

Buy all three books in the Adventures of Jabu & Friends trilogy for $56 plus $5.50 P&P and get $11 discount against the other P&P costs. Enter the discount code BOXSET JABU at checkout.


Book 3 in the Adventures of Jabu & Friends trilogy


“Nikau’s Escape is an exciting rollercoaster ride in more ways than one. I read this book as a beta reader but couldn’t wait to get my own copy as soon as it came onto the virtual shelves. The characters are well-drawn and the situations they get into are sometimes terrifying. There is a wonderful sense of place and the setting reads almost like a character in its own right. It reads well as a standalone but is also a great finale to the series. Perfect for older teens” – Kate Darbishire, author of Speechless

“While part of a series, each of the three books can be read apart and treated as separate stories. However, it is when they are read as a trilogy that the reader gets a fuller, more nuanced, reading of Jabu and his friends especially.” – Rebekah Frazer, NZ Booklovers

“Presented in a realistic manner, the braid of surfing, snowboarding and relationships are fascinating. The author does not shy away from some tough subjects and presents them in an age-appropriate way for readers middle to high school.” Jennie Rosenblum, Editor & reviewer.

“A cool NZ adventure for middle-grade readers. Although it is third in a series, you do not have to read the others first. There is enough background information given, and enough new characters, that you can dive right in.” Grace Bridges, NZ Author

“I am a big fan of Richards’ books because they do offer so much adventure for … middle school-age kids without making the stories too much for that age level. She has a terrific ability to deal with real hardships in a gritty way without going too far. This is another great coming of age story!” Julia Walker, Reviewer, USA

Find the eBook version here. Use the “look inside” feature to see a sample of this story.

Meet Kiwi author Kate S. Richards Kate S Richards

Auckland author Kate S Richards lives with her husband and two teenagers in a house in the woods, with a menagerie of cats, dogs and guinea pigs. Kate is a school librarian at a primary school in the Waitakere Ranges, working in a cosy red library amidst the Kauri trees and the swooping Kererus. Kate has completed a trilogy called the Adventures of Jabu & Friends and is currently working on a YA contemporary Cli-fi (climate fiction).

Find out more about Kate and how to contact her via her author profile.


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