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Thomas Taylor, George Ermos

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…   

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…


Malamander is a seafaring adventure set in the coastal town of Eerie-on-Sea and is the story of a legendary fish-man creature (of the same name) rumoured to be in hiding there. At Eerie-on-Sea the air smells fishy and the sea mist sends its ghostly tentacles about town. But, please don’t be alarmed by this story’s dismal setting, its characters are full of theatrical aplomb. In particular, the hero of this story, Herbert Lemon, a twelve-year-old boy employed as a Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel.

Herbert is the only person with the necessary detective skills to help Violet Parma, a young girl who is lost and needs to be found and who also happens to be on the run from Boathook Man; a very frightening bearded sailor. Together, Herbert and Violet work to solve a mystery beginning with a clue that leads them to the Eerie Book Dispensary, a magical place where the book chooses the reader, not the other way around. So begins this rollicking, suspense-driven adventure that will thrill, frighten and delight readers aged 9+.

Natalie Platten is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Doncaster.

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