“Malamander is the kind of book I dreamed about as a kid: a magical blend of oddball folklore and humor about two peculiar and plucky kids who puzzle out some local secrets in a town that is a character in its own right. . . .This book is so much fun, I’m already dreaming of my next visit to Eerie-on-Sea.” — Kate Milford, best-selling author of the Greenglass House series
“Fantastical storytelling at its best.” – M. G. Leonard, award-winning author of Beetle Boy
“Filled with humor, adventure, and wonderful strangeness, this book is a treat.” — Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl
“fans of Lemony Snicket or Pseudonymous Bosch will find their next adventure here.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A lack of firm resolution hints at future visits to this winningly strange town.” — Booklist (starred review)
On Sale May 12, 2020
In the second book from Eerie-on-Sea, Herbert and Violet team up to solve the mystery of the Gargantis — an ancient creature of the deep with the power to create life-threatening storms.
There’s a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone!
About the creators
Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children whose debut novel, Malamander, kicked off this mystery series. He illustrated the cover for the original British edition of the first Harry Potter book and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young adult novels, including the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. Thomas Taylor lives on the south coast of England.
Tom Booth makes marks. He makes marks in books like this one, and he sometimes makes marks that move. Some of his marks — like those in Don’t Blink! and This Is Christmas — have been given stars. Raised just outside Philadelphia, Tom Booth made his earliest marks on his parents’ antique table. He thinks the table looks better now. His parents aren’t so sure. He lives in Brooklyn.