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Book Club: Malamander

Book Club: Malamander

Discover this month's book

Discover July’s book club title, winner of the 2021 Awesome Book Award, Malamander by Thomas Taylor (Walker Books). We’re thrilled to be sharing this wonderfully imaginative and atmospheric adventure with you to enjoy in a book club setting – whether with friends, family or your school mates.

Read an extract from the book here, or download our questions to use for discussion in your own book club. Click here to watch all our brilliant videos with Thomas Taylor, including his favourite book recommendations (also available here). You can listen to him read from Malamander, find out how he created the mysterious town of Eerie-on-Sea, and discover his connection to Harry Potter! Also, check out our latest Book Club snack recipe, inspired by Malamander – this month we are making a monster dip and fishy chips.

If you love Malamander, we’ve got great news! Both the sequel, Gargantis, and the third adventure in Eerie-on-Sea, Shadowghast, are out now.

July's Book of the Month: Malamander

Written by: Thomas Taylor
Publisher: Walker Books

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…

Discover our Q&A videos with Thomas Taylor, read an extract from the book and download our questions to spark discussions in your own Book Club! You can also order all the Book Club titles online here.

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About the author

Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; most recently he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. He lives on the south coast of England, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter @ThomasHTaylor

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