Secrets throughout the seaside town,
shoes neatly abandoned on the shore,
a man with a boat hook for a hand!
Winter winds moan across the shipwreck just off the pier and whip snow through Eerie-On-Sea’s cobbled streets, as Violet bursts into Herbie’s office and demands to no longer be lost.
The young Lost-and-Founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel hides the girl from his ever-angry hotel manager and a sea captain who stabs his boat-hook hand through wooden trunks seeking her!
Her parents vanished from this hotel and left infant Violet behind 12 years ago – will Herbie help her find them?
An Eerie Book Dispensary postcard is her main clue – will its mechanical monkey prescribe a book for Violet with more information?
A writer in town says that her father’s research on the Malamander was inaccurate – why is he trying to find the unpublished manuscript?
Someone (or something) is attacking those who dare ask questions about the legendary Malamander fish-man, and the two orphaned young teens must connect all the story-threads before they are the next victims!
Just published in the US yesterday, Malamander is first in a series set in this creepy English town filled with memorable characters.
What local legends do your friends tell stories about?
Book info: Malamander (Legends of Eerie-On-Sea, book 1) / Thomas Taylor; illustrated by Tom Booth. Walker Books US/Candlewick, 2019. [author site] [illustrator site] [book series site] [publisher site] Review copy, display pages, and cover image courtesy of the publisher.