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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  204 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 w
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Walker Books US (first published May 1st 2019)
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 man
Whispering Stories
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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 why
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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 h
Olivier Delaye
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable modern Fantasy YA by the illustrator of Harry Potter. Quick read. Fun read. Thank you, Mr. Taylor!
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
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
Christi M
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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/> ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 goo
Hizatul Akmah
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 st
Remy Lai
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fantasy
That's all.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
♠️ TABI ♠️
yknow this Malamander person already has my heart okay just saying
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 Lo
My rating: 5/5Review: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 in t ...more
Wendi Lee
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 tha
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
E-ARC via Netgalley

Eerie-on-Sea is mysterious and filled with quirky people and places. There's a Book Dispensary where a tophat wearing mermonkey will fill your book prescription and select the book you need to read. It's also a tad eerie place because it comes with its own legendary monster, the Malamander. I have to admit that at first, I thought the monster was just this legend created to keep the troublesome kids away from the wreckage of the Leviathan, but it turns out the mons
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing


It has been and extremely long time since i have finished a book in two days i received this ebook yesterday and finished it today . I really enjoyed the intriguing story line and the imagination and mystery with which the story was told . i was so happy and relieved when i was pulle
The Artisan Geek
So I was really excited about this book after having read the premise, but I was rather disappointed. What I first of all really liked about this book was the fact the location, an eerie seaside town with a mysterious monster really set the mood. The mermonkey that prescribes books was also a brilliant idea! However, there were two things that really disappointed me. The characters were really not that bright. The story just seemed like a sequence of Vivian and Herbie (but mainly Vi
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malamander is an gripping adventure that feels like it leapt between the middle grade reads and the YA, not overly sure what this new genre is but damn, if it has more books like this then sign me up. Maybe a MA? Middle Adult? Not too sure but I’m starting to jot down names.
Set for adventure, discovery, treachery and friendship, you find yourself dissolving this book in one sitting, unsure of how the twists will play out. Throughout the book you come across creating ideas such as a monkey
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*thanks to Walker books Aus for sending me a free copy of Malamander*
This book was an absolute delight!
It is fun and creepy and mysterious, and I sped through it because I couldn't stop wanting to know what happened next. I'm delighted to see there more books planned, because I think we have more to discover about Herbie, Vi, and Eerie-on-the-Sea.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
A spooky story with a seaside setting. Herbert lemon is working in the Lost and Found Office at a hotel in Eerie-on-Sea when he finds himself helping Violet Parma in her quest to find out what happened to her missing parents. And so starts a fun, creepy story that is as much a detective novel as anything else. Really enjoyable, especially for kids who like to read things that are a little scary.
Sam (she_who_reads_)
A super solid, highly entertaining middle grade that I flew through. There’s a great mystery at the heart of this that kept me hooked and PLEASE I JUST WANT TO GO TO THE BOOK DISPENSARY AND HAVE THE MERMONKEY CHOOSE ME A BOOK OK?! The plot is fast paced and action packed- I think even a reluctant reader would do well with this one. Highly recommend for younger readers, or fans of middle grade in general.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you pick this book up and start reading, you can never stop. It’s really good. I love the adventure going on with Herbie and Violet.

Thank you Pansing for the review copy. Full review coming soon on my blog
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Thank you so much Pansing for sending me the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Malamander by Thomas Taylor will be available at all good bookstores.

At this point of my life, I have ceased reading Middle Grade Fiction, mostly because I’ve ‘grown out of it’ and have found love in a handful of genres I can never bring myself to leave. So, reading Thomas Taylor’s Malamander now is perhaps a mistake, but it’s a mista/>
Savannah Worman
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Malamander reminds me of a cross between A Series Of Unfortunate Events and Lovecraftian horror. This book is perfectly strange and creepy while not crossing the boundary into adult horror. The Malamander is a middle grade novel and it does a good job of keeping with that age group.

The Malamander is about Herbert Lemon a kid who washed up in a lemon crate in the town of Eerie-on-sea, he is the Lost-and-founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel. He is very good at his job but life flips
Paige Green
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Malamander Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: May 2, 2019

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (lost and found)

Publisher: Walker Books

Synopsis: 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.

It’s winter in th
Dying Arts Press
Malamander by Thomas Taylor is a wonderful maritime mystery perfect for those who love adventure and the sea-side! The story follows Herbert Lemon the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautolus Hotel and Violet Parma who are on a mission to find out what happened to her parents twelve years ago. As they try to find answers, the pair discover that their disappearance has something to do with the legendary sea-monster – the Malamander who is said to creep around the shipwreck of the battleship Leviath ...more
Matthew Galloway
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg, fantasy
When I saw that Kate Milford had blurbed this book so favorably, I had to get a copy. The publisher was kind enough to give me an ARC and I'm so glad they did. I absolutely loved this one. I can see why they used Milford to advertise it, as I think the tone of Malamander matched some of her books quite well. I'd also say it was a bit similar to Natalie Lloyd, as well, though her books tend to be a little lighter than this one.

At any rate, this is my favorite sort of middle-grade level fantasy --
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Thomas Henry Taylor is a British children's writer and illustrator.

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Malamander (3 books)
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