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(The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,860 ratings  ·  613 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Walker Books (first published May 1st 2019)
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Michelle Yes both myself and my 10 year old daughter loved it!
Yes both myself and my 10 year old daughter loved it!
MrsKhaje Yes, there will be. At the back of the book it says that the 2nd book will be coming and it'll be called Gargantis.

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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
"If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-the-Sea."

In a small seaside town that you will not have heard of, Herbert Lemon is the Lost-and-Founder of the Great Nautilus Hotel. If anyone at the hotel loses something, Herbie will find it and keep it safe for them in his Lost-and-Foundery that has existed for many a century and houses a miraculous collection of things long left behind.
When Violet Parma stumbles into the Hotel, closely followed by a mysterious and scary m
Whispering Stories
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Stacey on

Violet Parma stumbles through the window of the lost and found department at the Grand Nautilus Hotel in Eerie-On-Sea where Herbert Lemon is working. She tells Herbert he needs to hide her and fast. Soon afterward the manager of the hotel, Mr. Mollusc arrives with an old man who has a boat hook for a hand. He wants to know where Violet is, but Herbert tells them he hasn’t seen any girl.

When the pair leave Herbert wants to know who Violet is and
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it'll be possible in Eerie-on-the-Sea.”

representation: black main character

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


THIS WAS SO CUTE AND FUN!!!! Highly recommend & also highly recommend the audiobook!

extra cool things that this book has:
- a talking cat
- a book dispensary store (you go in and everyone gets a book - kind of like the wand chooses the wizard, but in this case, it's a book).
- a magical creature
A seaside town in the dead of winter, forgotten by the tourists who frequent it in the summer, Eerie-on-sea is home to Herbert Lemon. Keeper of lost luggage, his life mainly consists of reuniting lost items with their owners while simultaneously winding up hotel manager Mr Mollusc. Until the day a girl shows up on his lost luggage room. A lost girl, who wants Herbert's help to find her missing parents.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this. It feels spooky and dark, with vivid descriptions of t
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
Listened to as an audiobook via Scribd!

I loved the narrator, he really bought the story-line and characters to life in my earbuds as I listened along. The ending itself holy heck was crazy and scary and thrilling all at the same time. Set in the town of Eerie-On-Sea, young boy Herbert is working in a hotel's lost and found department. He's busy working until the day a girl walks in looking for help. Her name is Violet Parma and one, needs hiding away from a strange man with a metal hook for a ha
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why you should read children’s books even though you are so old and wise?!?! Because from time to time you will pick a book like this one and all the happiness and innocence and magic that surrounded you as a child will be back in a second! You will be so eager to find out what happens next?! You will be free again! Happy Reading
Olivier Delaye
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable modern Fantasy YA by the illustrator of Harry Potter. Quick read. Fun read. Thank you, Mr. Taylor!
"In a place like Eerie-on-the-Sea, legends can have a little more...bite."

3,75 stars. What a fun, wild monster-quest! Give me a misty sea-side town, a ghost looking for revenge, and two kids trying to solve a mystery, and I am game. 😈

The book takes place in Eerie-on-the-Sea, and I adored how Taylor vividly brought that strange town to life. From the shops - the Eerie Book Dispensary with its Sea Monkey – to its characters - Mrs. Fossil looking for washed-up treasures on the beach: they all
Théo M. (bookswiththeo)
If this book was out when I was younger I would have loved it. It was really cute and really fun!
Anna lost in stories *A*
This book was such an absolute delight :) I listened to the audiobook version and have to say that Alfie Allan really brought it to life :) but the story itself was wonderful… whimsical and atmospheric, the writing style kept me wanting to read just one more chapter each time I picked it up :) set in a small town along the coast, full of eccentric characters, we follow along Herbie and Violet as they try to find out what happened to Violet’s parents who disappeared twelve years ago… there’s myst ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
As winter approaches the seaside town of Cheerie On Sea, the summer warmth begins to evaporate, the bustle of tourists has disappeared and the first two letters on the welcome sign disintegrate and the harbour side town becomes Eerie On Sea, a township thriving on folklore and intrigue. Herbert Lemon is the lost and founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, a centuries old tradition of returning lost items to their owners and finding objects that have been lost. When a wild eyed young girl stumbles i ...more
Richard Cardenas
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Winterhouse in this fun, whimsical, and heartfelt read! Malamander has easily become one of my favorites of 2019." - 📚🐙🏨✨

From the first page you're warned to put this book down and by the next chapter you're thrown right into this peculiar tale of a young hotel Lost-and-Founder and a runaway orphan looking for her long lost parents. I don't want to say too much, but know that this is one of my favorites of 2019!

I think of the main reasons I enjoyed this so
Remy Lai
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fantasy
That's all.
Christi M
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Filled with interesting characters and set in a town where folklore comes to life, Malamander is the perfect choice when you need a middle grade fantasy book that is different than wizards and magic.

I was in need of a fun fantasy middle grade book when I happened upon this one through the recommendation of another book blogger. I knew I didn’t necessarily have time to ‘read’ it so I picked up the audio version instead. What I found was a delightful story in a quirky little town full of
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so atmospheric, the creepy feeling of a seaside town in winter has be successfully captured within the pages of this book.
Eerie on sea is such an amazing place in summer fun filled family days but it is winter when this town really gets fun filled. This town has a legend of the Malamander and Herbie and Violet are on a mission to find out if that legend has any truths to it and to help keep the town and its legend safe.
If you have never lived by the sea during winter and want to kn
Tichana  (The Book Hobbit)
****3.25 Stars****

Malamander is the perfect children's book with little bit of spooky feel to it. I picked this up a few days ago and it was such a perfect read for fall.

It's about lost things, mysterious towns, magical pets, and sea monsters. Could it get any better for a children's book?! I think not.

Honestly the plot was really good. Fast-paced although predictable at times. It was action packed and a bit too "violent" at times for a typical children's book.
We follow Herbert Lemon (wh
Malamander was an absolute delight from start to finish. The whimsy, adventure and friendship were the exact kind of tone that I adore from middle grade and why I've been gravitating to it more and more; the ultimate escapist reads!
I grew up in an English seaside town so the atmosphere of Malamander was very sentimental for me. Seaside towns in England (especially nowadays) have a weird juxtaposition of being lively, summery and bright during the day and a little bit creepy during the evening b
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, review-copies
To be perfectly honest, middle grades are not my favourite genre. I rarely read kids’ books. Nothing against them, I just don’t enjoy it that much. But if you knew me then you’d know I’ve been a fan of All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket, and Malamander reminded me of the series. Like, A LOT. I really loved how the story started. It promised a mystery and it delivered. Malamander was a legend. Everyone in Eerie-on-Sea was scared of it. Most of them believed that it was true, but was Malama ...more
✨Emily | Procrastinating • Bibliophile
This is the perfect story when you're by the beach during winter time. It's eerie, whimsical and such an enjoyable story. Malamander is a story rooted in local legends, friendships and adventure. We follow Herbert "Herbie" Lemon and Violet Parma as they uncover the myth of the dangerous malamander, a half-man, half-fish monster. This story has everything I enjoy in middle-grade with its central focus on family and friendship, told in a fast-paced and highly entertaining story. Definitely a good ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
This book is so clever and funny and creepy (in the best possible way) that when I read it out loud, it kept my two kids enthralled (and not fighting!) all throughout a cramped, 3-hour-long car trip. Really, that says it all! (Except I should add: I enjoyed it too.)
A lost girl, a boy working at lost and found in a hotel, a mysterious being stalking the beach, missing parents, and tons of adventure and mystery.

OMG, I was just so happy that one of my libraries had this one in their collection and in ENGLISH! *does a happy dance* I had heard so so much about this book and I was eager to read it.

I have been trying to write a review for a couple of days but I still can't find the right words for the awesomeness that this book is. So I will do a good/not so goo
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
actual rating: 4.5/5

meet the adventurous Herbie Lemon, the Lost-and-Founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel's Lost-and-Foundery; he helped to keep the long-forgotten things until someone come to claim them. it was quite a story how he got his name, though, because no one knew who he was when they found him as a baby in...wait for it....a lemons' crate.

and then, entered the brave Violet Parma asking for Herbie's help because she was lost and she needed to be found. also, apparently, a strange guy wi
♡ jules ♡
3,75 ⭐

This book was a bit hard to get into at the beginning, but after a while, its magic and atmosphere captured me completely. It felt like one of those stories I devoured as a child, and it warmed my heart immensely. It was so whimsical, I didn't want to stop reading it.

Violet and Herbert Lemon were both entertaining and compelling characters to follow, they were so funny. I found the antagonist not really intriguing or really cared about him not even in a hate-kind-of-way, he was just.. meh
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Dec 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
yknow this Malamander person already has my heart okay just saying
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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 Found
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5/5
I have always been a fan of magical creatures. Even though, I have only read a few middle gred genre books. When I received Malamander for review, the title 'Malamander' really caught my attention and interest!
The main character is Herbie Lemon. He is a very kind and smart boy for a 12 years old. The story was written in his point of view. Furthermore, there is the character Violet Parma. Who is in my opinion, a very brave, smart and determine young girl. The characters i ...more
Wendi Lee
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you a fan of nautical tales, supernatural beasties, and an odd (think A Series of Unfortunate Events or the TV show, Pushing Daisies) yet enticing environment? Then Malamander is definitely the book for you!

It follows Herbert and Violet, two kids with mysterious pasts, as they try to solve the mystery of the mythical Malamander. They run into quirky shopkeepers, mechanical monkeys, cats who speak, and a glowing red egg. I liked where the story took us, but it was very obvious that this was t
Allison Tebo
*fuming because now I have to wait for book two*
3.5. I really enjoyed the story, writing and the setting. However I feel that except for Herbie, the characters were kind of flat. I’m hoping the sequel will give more dimension to the characters of Eerie-On-Sea.
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