Gargantis

Authored by Thomas Taylor
Illustrated by Thomas Taylor
Published by Walker Books UK

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Eerie-on-Sea is experiencing a series of storms like no other. They are causing the ground to shake and even the fishermen are afraid to set out to sea. The town has an ancient saying – ‘Gargantis sleeps, Eerie keeps. Gargantis wakes, Eerie quakes and all falls into the sea.’ But what is Gargantis and can Eerie be saved?

This is the sequel to Malamander, which introduced the characters of Herbie Lemon, the Lost-and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, and Violet Parma who works at the Eerie Book Dispensary. This time, an ancient artefact is washed up on the beach, containing a magical secret. It is up to Herbie and Violet to solve the mystery of the artefact and who it really belongs to. Can they discover who the mysterious hooded stranger is, whilst avoiding the fisherman, Dr Thalassi and Mrs Fossil who all want the artefact for themselves?

This was an engaging and exciting book; a real page turner full of excitement and danger. The descriptions of the characters and the action really helped bring it to life and I found myself submerged in the world of Eerie-on-Sea. I also loved the illustrations on the chapter headings and the map at the front of the book which gave a bird’s eye view of the town. Although it is a sequel it can easily be read as a stand-alone and any links to the previous book are carefully explained. I would recommend as a class novel and a ‘must have’ on the classroom bookshelf, to engage readers in Year 5 and 6. It is a thrilling and enjoyable read and I thoroughly enjoyed it; I can’t wait for the next instalment!