Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

RELEASED: 2 May 2019

Publisher: Walker Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 302


Malamander is told from the perspective of Herbert Lemon, the Lost-and-Founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, who tries to unite objects that have been left at the hotel with their owners. Other characters in the story include Violet Palma, who is lost and needs to be found, and the eponymous Malamander, who controls people’s dreams.




Thankyou to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Malamander, in exchange for an honest review.


I’m so glad to see more books being released that fill that gap between the younger side of middle grade and young adult reads.  Often middle grade books are a little too childish for some ‘soon to be teenagers’ but the themes in YA books are not quite appropriate for them yet.  Malamander is one of these fantastic books that fills that gap!

Herbert Lemon is has the important job of being the lost-and-founder at a seaside hotel.  He prides himself on being able to match lost items with their owners.  However, when Violet turns up, asking Herbert to  take on a lost and found case of a different nature, he finds himself neck deep in a mystery that will have him taking a closer look at the folklore tales of his town.  The ones everyone assumes are just a story.

Malamander is such a brilliant little detective story that seamlessly combines both the mystery of what happened to Violet’s parents and whether the mythical Malamander could possibly be real.  I was genuinely rushing to turn the page to find out what was going on.  Both Herbert and Violet were fun and interesting characters and I loved the inclusion of the talking cat and the idea of a monkey machine who dispenses books you might not know you need!





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