Middle Grade (KS2)

The Malamander

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger…

This story follows the adventures of Herbert and Violet as they set off to discover what happened to Violet’s parents all those years ago. Along the way, the pair discover a strange concoction of people who unearth secrets linked to the legendary Malamander. Does the sea monster have something to do with Violet’s parents’ disappearance?

This is a fun quick read with a compellingly whimsical setting. I remember reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, wishing Hogwarts was a real thing and hoping that one day I would receive my invitation letter (still waiting FYI). In a similar vein, Thomas Taylor’s ‘Eerie-On-Sea’ is described in such a vividly imaginative way that you instantly want to visit – cold, misty and just that little bit threatening, this town is filled with strange buildings, and even stranger people. 

My favourite place in Eerie-On-Sea has got to be the book dispensary which is not quite a book shop, not quite a library. Here, a creepy automated mermonkey chooses the book for you, a ‘book prescription’ if you wish. There are many other magical elements weaved into the story line including talking cats and a cameraluna (a camera-obscura-magic looking-glass). 

When Violet is prescribed a book on the Malamander, the pair realise that maybe there is something darker going on in Eeerie-On-Sea, something that Lady Kracken may have witnessed on her all-seeing cameraluna.

Part fantasy, mystery and sci-fi, this is a magically thrilling read that you will love.

Miss Brennan

Rating 4/5

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  1. Lara.K says:

    I think there should be a sequel because there is a lot of things unexplained in the book;it is a very good book.

    1. I agree, there should be a sequel

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