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Thursday 14 November 2019

Malamander: Sussex-Based Author's Seaside Mystery Chosen For Young City Reads 2020

A reading project for primary school children has revealed Malamander has been chosen as the Young City Reads title for 2020. 

Collected Works CIC and Brighton Festival selects one book for children across Brighton & Hove, Sussex and beyond to read, explore and discuss from World Book Day on 5 March 2020 until a special live event at Brighton Festival in May 2020.

Published by Walker Books, Malamander is the creation of award-winning children's author and illustrator Thomas Taylor, known for his distinctive cover artwork on J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Based in Bexhill-on-Sea, Taylor has written and illustrated several picture books and young novels including the Daniel Dyer series and Scarlett Hart for Marcus Sedgwick.

Thomas Taylor said:

"I've always lived near the sea and seaside towns, but it was only when I finally came to live in one that I discovered the secrets of coastal life that inspired my book Malamander. 

"I'm thrilled to participate in Young City Reads 2020 as it seems so appropriate to have children who live and go to school near the coast read my book. 

"I hope it captures their imagination to create their own stories and encourages a life-long love of reading."  


Malamander is set in Eerie-on-Sea, a town where strange stories seem to wash up on the shore. 

The story follows a daring duo, Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, and Violet Parma, a young girl searching for her parents who disappeared twelve years earlier, as they team up to solve the mystery of a legendary sea-monster. 

Sony Pictures have secured the film rights for the movie adaptation and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen is the voice of the audiobook.

In 2019, over 3,000 pupils from schools across Sussex took part, sharing Onjali Q Raúf's book, The Boy at the Back of the Class and taking part in free weekly activities sent directly to teachers for their class. 

Young City Reads culminates in a special live event with the author as part of Brighton Festival's Children and Young People's Literature programme in May 2020.

Full details are available from youngcityreads.co.uk

by: Mike Cobley




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