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Malamander. #1 / Thomas Taylor ; illustrated by Tom Booth.

Taylor, Thomas, 1973- (author.). Booth, Tom, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library J TAY (Text) 33500013127121 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J TAY (Text) 33500013127113 New Reshelving -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536207224
  • ISBN: 1536207225
  • Physical Description: 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Walker Books US, a division of Candlewick Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"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. 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."--provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
8 - 12 years.
Grade 3 - Grade 7.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* The resort of Eerie-on-Sea makes an appropriately named setting for the scary adventures of two orphaned (or seemingly orphaned) children who find themselves swept up in a scheme to seize the wish-granting egg of a legendary mer-creature ("half man, half fish, half goodness-knows-what"). Whether the Malamander even exists is a matter of much conjecture, but along with heavy fogs, weird howls, and spooky yarns spun around the sunken old battleship rusting just offshore, Taylor assembles the sort of supporting cast that makes anything seem possible—from Lady Kraken, enigmatic proprietor of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, who spies on the whole town through a moon-powered "cameraluna," to oily, murderous author Sebastian Eels and a crazed undead mariner who "smells like something bad is about to happen." That's to say nothing of the talking cat or the mechanical mer-monkey in the window of the Eerie Book Dispensary that will, for coins, recommend peculiarly useful titles. Odd encounters and narrow escapes set in motion by the arrival of Violet Parma, searching for parents who disappeared on the beach 12 years before, lead her and half-reluctant young Herbert Lemon, who himself washed up as a baby in a crate of lemons, to a desperate climactic struggle. A lack of firm resolution hints at future visits to this winningly strange town. Finished illustrations not seen. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* The resort of Eerie-on-Sea makes an appropriately named setting for the scary adventures of two orphaned (or seemingly orphaned) children who find themselves swept up in a scheme to seize the wish-granting egg of a legendary mer-creature ("half man, half fish, half goodness-knows-what"). Whether the Malamander even exists is a matter of much conjecture, but along with heavy fogs, weird howls, and spooky yarns spun around the sunken old battleship rusting just offshore, Taylor assembles the sort of supporting cast that makes anything seem possible—from Lady Kraken, enigmatic proprietor of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, who spies on the whole town through a moon-powered "cameraluna," to oily, murderous author Sebastian Eels and a crazed undead mariner who "smells like something bad is about to happen." That's to say nothing of the talking cat or the mechanical mer-monkey in the window of the Eerie Book Dispensary that will, for coins, recommend peculiarly useful titles. Odd encounters and narrow escapes set in motion by the arrival of Violet Parma, searching for parents who disappeared on the beach 12 years before, lead her and half-reluctant young Herbert Lemon, who himself washed up as a baby in a crate of lemons, to a desperate climactic struggle. A lack of firm resolution hints at future visits to this winningly strange town. Finished illustrations not seen. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels, most recently the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. He lives on the south coast of England.

Art director by day and author-illustrator by night, Tom Booth is a maker of acclaimed children’s books, including Don't Blink!, This Is Christmas, and Who Wins? He made his earliest marks — sometimes on his parents’ antique kitchen table — growing up in Pennsylvania. Now living in Brooklyn, New York, he is currently at work on several children’s books on a table all his own.

Subject: Monsters > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Hotels > Juvenile fiction.
Missing children > Juvenile fiction.
Monsters > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Hotels > Fiction.
Missing children > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

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