Secrets of the Last Merfolk

Lindsay Littleson

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  • Mermaids as you've never seen them before: powerful, proud and fearless
  • Lindsay Littleson, author of the much-loved Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, offers her fresh take on merfolk mythology in this magical fantasy
  • Themes of ocean conservation and a variety of family structures are expertly woven into the fast-paced middle-grade adventure
  • Strong, diverse characters - both human and merfolk - work together to fight the sea-monster who threatens the merfolk's home

When Finn and Sage realise that local legends of merfolk are true, they are caught up in a dangerous battle against an ancient underwater enemy as the magical sea-people fight to protect their secret. From the author of Guardians of the Wild Unicorns.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 9 to 12 years
240 pages
Publication date:
22 Jul 2021


"One of the swimmers plunged underwater with a flick of his long, dolphin-like tail. The other followed, sending an arc of spray shooting upwards, tail slapping against the choppy waves."

In the quiet Scottish seaside village of Dunlyre, Finn is enduring a winter holiday with his annoying new stepmother, wishing things could go back to how they were, while Sage is enjoying her new home, wishing things would stay as they are.

Finn has seen mysterious swimmers in the Firth late at night. Then, from the clifftop, first Sage, then Finn, hears an eerie song. Could the local legend of merfolk living amid the waves actually be true? When the new friends meet the magical sea-people, they are amazed and impressed, but the merfolk are hiding a secret. The two human children must put aside their own problems and help in the battle against the young merfolk's ancient underwater enemy before the last of their kind are lost forever.

From the author of the much-loved Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, Secrets of the Last Merfolk is an exciting fantasy adventure that reimagines the mythical sea-people as powerful, proud and fearless.


'The author has a talent for describing magical creatures with a realism that renders them integral to the Scottish landscape... Secrets of the Last Merfolk is exciting and action packed, and one of our favourite reads of the year.'
-- Roaring Reads

'Another fantastic fast-paced middle grade novel... Lindsay Littleson delves right into the heart of loyalty between two friends determined to succeed and her writing draws you in as you join Sage and Finn on what can only be described as an epic journey. With a superb nod to climate change, carbon footprints and the pros and cons to industrial planning also on the agenda, this thought-provoking tale of humans and merfolk reveals how their co-existence can make the world a better place.'
-- My Book Corner


Lindsay Littleson is an award-winning middle-grade author from Glasgow, Scotland. Her books include Carnegie-nominated Guardians of the Wild Unicorns and Kelpies Prize-winning The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, which was also longlisted for the Waterstones Children's Books Prize. Inspired by many happy years as a primary teacher, Lindsay's books have been praised for their believable characters and authentic dialogue. She currently lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland with her husband and their cute but noisy cat.

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