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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...

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This is Book 3 in the The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series. See all The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea books here.

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10th February '19
Pokeman read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book is great, its mainly adventure with mystery, suspense and comedy thrown in. I really enjoyed the story it was very unique and set in modern times, the characters are described really well and I really enjoyed getting to know them. I really hope there is a book two
10th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
An incredible story of legend and everyday curled up with heartfelt warmth, scary bits and brave bits all together.

Herbie is a caring and empathetic boy who sees helping people with the Lost and Foundery as a vocation of the soul rather than a job to get him shelter. Herbie cares about doing the right thing but not at the cost of others, and his kindly spirit shines to be recognised by others with good hearts too.

The writing is excellent with a sensory immersion thanks to the use of present tense in the narrative and description. This extends to the names throughout which are wonderfully inventive (S)Herbert Lemon, Miss Parma (Violet), Ambergriss and more. Many have a multi sensory factor particularly of taste and scent so you may develop a sort of synesthesia about certain characters which then transfers to the landscape where you can almost taste the salty air and petrichor.

There’s something wonderful and yet quintessentially British eccentric about this seaside tale that could fit in any eerily empty seaside town in winter, I can’t wait to read more of Herbie’s adventures in the Lost & Foundery. 
18th March '19
I read it to Phoebe08 aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
What a fantastic book. We couldn't put it down. Great plot and characters. I little scary in places but a great mystery. 
16th May '19
Ravenpuff read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of mystery and adventure. My favourite character is Mrs Fossil because she is really nice and has an attractive, bubbly personality. 
25th January '19
Year 6 readers read it themselves aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
If you like spooky stories or stories that are set by the sea, then you'll enjoy Malamander. It starts in a mysterious way and the author never seems to take you in the direction you thought you were going! It feels like it's set in a strange alternate past and the names of the characters, who all seem to be food or sea related, give the book that sense as well. For example, the main characters are 'Herbert Lemon and 'Violet Parma which are almost the names of sweets from long ago!
The book might be a bit too creepy for younger readers but it's a great read for upper KS2!
18th February '19
Smiler21 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Wow I love this story, I’m already half way through and can’t wait to see how it finishes. It’s exciting and set by the seaside and I cannot wait till they make a movie of it. I’d highly recommend this book.
3rd February '19
Josh read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This was an extremely gripping book. It is all about the tales of Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma. The names are funny because they are different types of sweets!

Violet came to find Herbert because he is the lost and founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. A lost and founder is someone who returns lost property to their owner. Violet  wanted to find out the truth of her parents disappearance.

The book was very scary at some points but also sometimes hilarious and made me laugh out loud. I think this would be a great book for readers who like mystery and would be suitable for readers aged 10+ because sometimes it was too scary!
19th May '19
ray read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I really like how ominous the malamander is. The characters also both were mysterious. The book itself was a mystery story making you wonder if the malamander  was real or not. There weren't many drawings except the pictures at every chapter or the fish thing near the start of the book. Even though there were not many pictures the ones that were there I really liked. I ended up reading it almost nonstop at school and finished in two days. all in all its a great book and I would recommend it to all my friends.
22nd January '19
Darth read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
If i could give this book 6 stars i would! It was so good, i struggled to put it down. The book in set in Eerie on sea where there is a legend of a fierce sea creature called a malamander which might or might not be true. Violet asks Herbie Lemon for help. He is the lost and founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel. She has lost her parents. They embark on an adventure, recovering clues and meeting the town's residents. I really loved this book. It's really captivating and interesting and you can't guess what will happen next. I would recommend this book to be read by all the children in my class, they would love it too. Thr fact that the author illustrated the first ever harry potter book is just a bonus! 
29th January '19
Yzabelle read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
wow this is one of my favourite books so far. Malamander starts in a mysterious way and this continues throughout the book. It is exciting, scary and the characters are wonderful.
20th May '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to Leia aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I read this book with my daughter and we both absolutely loved it! It's written so very well. The story is exciting and dynamic and you cannot guess what will happen next. We both loved the main character, Herbie Lemon and his friendship with Violet. It had just the right level of suspense and the story moved at a good pace. I'd happily read this again and again. Probably one of my most favourite reads for sure! 
1st February '19
I read it to PBB Library aged 7 to 11
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4 stars
Set in the seaside town of Eerie-On-Sea, or Cheerie-On-Sea during the summer season, Malamander is full of mysteries! Firstly, it's 12-year old main characters - Herbie and Violet - aren't sure who their families are or what might've happened to them. Herbie lives in the basement of a large hotel, where he is employed as the 'lost and founder', (a person who returns lost objects to their original owners). Violet appears in his life one day when she bursts into his room, hiding from a man with a boathook for a hand! They become good friends from then on, in search of answers about their families, boathook man, and some local legends.
The 'Malamander' is another one of those mysteries. Thought to be a mythical creature living off the coast of this wonderfully strange seaside town, the Malamander has brought tourists from all over the world hoping for a glimpse of its treasured crimson egg, which, should you get your hands on it, would grant you anything you wish for. Bear in mind that to get your hands on it, you'd be risking your life by coming face-to-face with a 'fearsome beast'!
I don't want to giveaway anything because the more you read the story, the more you want to find out. The children both loved and hated the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, (only hated them when we ran out of time to read on before the next day). We really enjoyed the little links to mythical legends throughout the story - wait until you find out Lady K's real name! - as well as the links to famous children's literature. 
We also liked that the two main characters feature a platonic male and female relationship, where the 'stereotypical' roles have been reveresed, or shared more equally at least - Violet is strong-minded, determined, brave and heroic; Herbie is cautious, resourceful, knowledgeable and loyal. 
At the end of each chapter, there is the same small black-and-white illustration which we believe to be the Malamander. At the end of the story, we were happy and relieved by how it concluded, however we do hope that there is more to come because we have a lot of questions (regarding some of the characters and past events), that we'd like to find the answers to...
29th January '19
dkathurima read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
This is an amazing book grips you from the start has some scary bits in but is a great page turner
8th May '19
RosiePosie read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book is a great read. It is full of mystery and intrigue, with twists and turns in every chapter. You can’t help but want to read on.

It is set in a seaside resort called Eerie on Sea. In the winter, it is deserted by tourists and a very strange place to be. The action takes place in the Grand Nautilus hotel, and one of the workers - a lost and founder. One day, he finds a girl in his basement, who has come to find out what happens to her parents. They are soon on the tail of the mysterious ledgend of the malamander - a spiny and fierce sea creature. Throw in a host of other shady characters and locations, and the result is a fab read!
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Born in Norfolk but raised in Wales, Thomas doodled his way through childhood until they let him into Norwich School of Art and Design. He then studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His first commissioned work was the cover illustration for a then unknown book called Harry potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. Since then...

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