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.
Black-and-white digital illustrations.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*
School Library Journal
8" x 6"
Level 4.8; Points: 8;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.4; Points: 12;
Walker Books Ltd
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Imaginary places, Mythical animals, Sea monsters, Private investigators, Secrets, Lost and found possessions, Missing persons, Secrecy, Legends, myths, and fables, Fantasy and magic,