Malamander (Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series #1)

Malamander (Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series #1)

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Overview

A quirky, creepy fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea finds a colorful cast of characters in hot pursuit of a sea monster thought to convey a surprising gift.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536207224
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 193,994
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels, most recently the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. He lives on the south coast of England.

Art director by day and author-illustrator by night, Tom Booth is a maker of acclaimed children’s books, including Don't Blink!, This Is Christmas, and Who Wins? He made his earliest marks — sometimes on his parents’ antique kitchen table — growing up in Pennsylvania. Now living in Brooklyn, New York, he is currently at work on several children’s books on a table all his own.

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Malamander (Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
aelily 11 days ago
“Because I’m lost,” she says. “And I’d like to be found.” Malamander. A fantastical sea creature of which legends are made of. It’s…not real, right? No, it can’t possibly be. Just another myth spread around the small town of Eerie-on-Sea. At least that’s what our protagonist Herbie Lemon tries to tell himself as he finds himself entangled with a girl who seems to have a direct connection with the terrifying monster. Herbie is dutifully at work at Grand Nautilus Hotel as a treasured Lost and Founder when he first encounters Violet Parma. And she’s not alone. Violet is being chased by a man with a hook for his hand which of course means no good at all. After helping his newfound friend, Herbie is in for a journey that involves ancient sea legends, mysterious books, and a talking cat. What is the Malamander? And why do so many people seek it and its mysterious egg? Well… From start to finish this book is everything and more that you need in a Fantasy. I could smell the sea and taste the salt on my lips. It’s atmospheric, descriptive, and so damn good. The sea scares the hell out of me. Giant ANIMALS in the ocean scare the hell out of me and you all know how much I love being scared. I would PAY to live on Eerie-on-Sea. The characters are well rounded and enjoyable, yes, even the villains who you know are villains from the start. Herbie is quick witted and funny and Violet is brave beyond all belief. The secondary characters??? Fantastic. Somewhat creepy hotel owner who has a mystic ball she spies on people with? ✓ Pretty librarian with a maybe talking cat? ✓✓ Random lady who roams the shore for treasure? ✓✓✓ Another thing, the diversity was awesome to read. I gasped when I realized Violet was black. This is what our kids need to read, representations of themselves in books and media. It truly does mean a lot and it’s great to see. This is the first in a series of books that Thomas Taylor is writing and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. This is a middle grade book but truly is great for all ages. And now, whenever I go to the beach I’ll have to glare out at the ocean and whisper: “…Malamander.” It’s so dramatic, I absolutely love it.
aelily 11 days ago
“Because I’m lost,” she says. “And I’d like to be found.” Malamander. A fantastical sea creature of which legends are made of. It’s…not real, right? No, it can’t possibly be. Just another myth spread around the small town of Eerie-on-Sea. At least that’s what our protagonist Herbie Lemon tries to tell himself as he finds himself entangled with a girl who seems to have a direct connection with the terrifying monster. Herbie is dutifully at work at Grand Nautilus Hotel as a treasured Lost and Founder when he first encounters Violet Parma. And she’s not alone. Violet is being chased by a man with a hook for his hand which of course means no good at all. After helping his newfound friend, Herbie is in for a journey that involves ancient sea legends, mysterious books, and a talking cat. What is the Malamander? And why do so many people seek it and its mysterious egg? Well… From start to finish this book is everything and more that you need in a Fantasy. I could smell the sea and taste the salt on my lips. It’s atmospheric, descriptive, and so damn good. The sea scares the hell out of me. Giant ANIMALS in the ocean scare the hell out of me and you all know how much I love being scared. I would PAY to live on Eerie-on-Sea. The characters are well rounded and enjoyable, yes, even the villains who you know are villains from the start. Herbie is quick witted and funny and Violet is brave beyond all belief. The secondary characters??? Fantastic. Somewhat creepy hotel owner who has a mystic ball she spies on people with? ✓ Pretty librarian with a maybe talking cat? ✓✓ Random lady who roams the shore for treasure? ✓✓✓ Another thing, the diversity was awesome to read. I gasped when I realized Violet was black. This is what our kids need to read, representations of themselves in books and media. It truly does mean a lot and it’s great to see. This is the first in a series of books that Thomas Taylor is writing and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. This is a middle grade book but truly is great for all ages. And now, whenever I go to the beach I’ll have to glare out at the ocean and whisper: “…Malamander.” It’s so dramatic, I absolutely love it.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 12 days ago
What an extremely cute, fun, and entertaining story this was! I loved the construct of the Malamander, and the two main characters were a delightful blend of charm, precocity, and, straight-up kid mischief. I loved the word play with character and location naming. Eerie-on-Sea and the Hotel Nautilus offered a marvelous setting for the magic and mystery, as both were full of just the right mix of dilapidation and possibility. The story was well devised, engaging, and offered openings for further adventures. And the concept of the Lost and Foundery was fabulous - a great way to explore childhood fears and concerns and offer myriad opportunities for future installments. In other words, the book delivered exactly what I like to see in this type of children's story! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.