Malamander

By: Thomas Taylor

Illustrator: Tom Booth

It’s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is  rattling the windows of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel when she was a baby, and she’s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. The trouble is, Violet is being pursued at that moment by a strange hook-handed man. And the town legend of the Malamander — a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true — is rearing its scaly head. As various townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and discover what happened to Violet’s kin? This lighthearted, fantastical mystery, featuring black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set in the seaside town.

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ISBN: 9781536207224

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Imaginary places , Mythical animals , Sea monsters , Private investigators , Secrets , Lost and found possessions , Missing persons , Secrecy , Legends, myths, and fables , Fantasy and magic

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In the beach town of Eerie-on-Sea, “twelvish” orphan Herbert Lemon is the Lost-and-Founder at the old Grand Nautilus hotel. When, one winter night, Violet Parma drops through the cellar window, on the run from sinister forces and determined to find her parents who disappeared from the hotel when she was a baby, a friendship and an adventure beg In the beach town of Eerie-on-Sea, “twelvish” orphan Herbert Lemon is the Lost-and-Founder at the old Grand Nautilus hotel. When, one winter night, Violet Parma drops through the cellar window, on the run from sinister forces and determined to find her parents who disappeared from the hotel when she was a baby, a friendship and an adventure begin. Their madcap search, with bold Violet spurring on reluctant Herbie, takes them to the Eerie Book Dispensary where an automaton—half-monkey, half-merman—provides book “prescriptions”; Mrs. Fossil’s Flotsamporium where mysterious beachcomber findings are on offer; Dr. Thalassi’s natural history museum; and sea mist–shrouded trips to the waterfront where an old shipwreck and a menacing sea creature, the eponymous malamander, lurk and threaten. Readers will be drawn in immediately by Herbie’s chatty second-person voice. The fast-paced narrative includes subtle humor, clever plays on words, and rich cinematic details augmented by black-and-white illustrations and a map. Colorful characters, palpable atmosphere, close calls and some deliberately unanswered questions (how did little Herbie get washed up onshore in a lemon crate, and just what did happen to Violet’s parents when they took a rowboat out to sea to find her?) will hook readers on this new British series and leave them eager for more. A crowd-pleasing fantasy.

Book Details

ISBN

9781536207224

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 710L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Imaginary places, Mythical animals, Sea monsters, Private investigators, Secrets, Lost and found possessions, Missing persons, Secrecy, Legends, myths, and fables, Fantasy and magic,

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Book Genres

Fantasy, Mystery

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