Publisher: Walker Books US
Number of Pages: 320
Publishing in the US: September 10th, 2019
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Malamander is told from Herbie Lemon's perspective and is predominantly about Violet's search for her parents and the monster. Herbie strikes me as kind, caring and intelligent, with a somewhat mysterious past of his own. Five years ago he washed up on the shore of Eerie-on-Sea in a crate of lemons, with no knowledge of his past, not even his own name. The owner of the Grand Nautilus Hotel gave him his name and set him up as the caretaker of the Lost and Foundery. A job that Herbie takes very seriously. Now, Violet, she's a wild-haired, brave girl who's ready for adventure. She's rash where Herbie is more analytical. But one thing is for sure, Violet is determined to find out exactly what happened to her parents. Sometimes her choices lead to more danger for the two of them. As they delve further into the mystery, their quest takes them all over the town of Eerie-on-Sea, even face to face with the legendary Malamander. And although they don't find all the answers to what happened to Violet's parents, it's still a very satisfying story. I suspect that some of this will be resolved in future books. If you're looking for a mystery with a unique setting, quirky people, and lovely illustrations, I'd certainly give Malamander a read. I certainly can't wait to see what adventures these two have next.