Malamander

Publisher: Walker Books

Review

Eerie-on-Sea is a weird place, and almost everyone who lives there has a strange name, including 12 year-old Herbert Lemon, who lives in the Lost and Found cubbyhole of the Grand Nautilus Hotel and whose job it is to try and return lost goods to their owners. When the mysterious Violet Parma crashes into his life, the adventure begins!

This is a gripping seaside adventure full of weird twists and turns. Why did The Book Dispensary’s bizarrely disturbing animatronic mermonkey give Violet a book about the local legend of the monster Malamander? Who exactly is the Boathook man? Does Sebastian Eels know a lot more than he’s letting on?

This is a charming, well-written adventure story with a classic feel. A sweet side note is that author Thomas Taylor is also the illustrator whose first commission was the cover art for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so there is more to come...

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