Malamander by Thomas Taylor
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Most visitors come to Eerie-on-Sea during the summer, when the seaside is enjoyable and residents sell ice cream. In the winter, vacationers flee and the townspeople stay indoors as winter storms roll in and mist covers the land.
It’s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is rattling the windows of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel when she was a baby, and she’s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. The trouble is, Violet is being pursued at that moment by a strange hook-handed man. And the town legend of the Malamander — a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true — is rearing its scaly head. As various townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and discover what happened to Violet’s kin? This lighthearted, fantastical mystery, featuring black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set in the seaside town. (from Amazon.com)
You can head to the author’s website to read about his inspiration for the book. This is the first in the series, so stay tuned for the rest to come out! Sony is set to make a movie of this book, so watch for that to come out as well.