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: 9781978665521
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(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 original British edition of the first Harry Potter book and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and graphic novels. He is the illustrator of the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. Thomas Taylor lives on the south coast of England.

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Malamander (Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AMGiacomasso 6 days ago
This book is amazing, well written and engrossing. I loved every moment of it, making me go back in time to when I read books about young detectives and mixing it with fantasy elements. It's an entertaining and gripping read, highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Veronicess 8 days ago
Such an adventure! This was wonderful book, it was so incredibly lovely and exciting
JuliW 13 days ago
Eerie-On-Sea is a seaside town where folklore and legends are just part of every day life. Herbie Lemon at the Great Nautilus Hotel is the local Lost and Founder. He gathers items he finds and keeps them in his Lost and Foundery until owners come to claim them. When a girl slips in a hotel window and begs to be kept hidden from an old man with a hook hand, she asks Herbie to find her missing parents. They went missing on a cold winter's night years before and their disappearance might be related to a local monster tale. And so begins a very magical and awesome children's story! I read middle grade books all the time as palate cleansers in between heavier adult fiction. This book was a total joy to read! The characters are charming....the story engrossing and entertaining....and the tale just sucked me in from the start! Fun read! My favorite part of the story is the fact that during the tourist season the town is Cheerie-on-Sea....but when winter rolls around the first two letters on the town sign disappear -- Eerie-On-Sea! Made me laugh! :) The front cover art is awesome! That monstrous eye peering out at me is what made me want to read this book!! Wonderful story! I can't wait to read more by this author! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Candlewick Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
aelily 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.