Times Children’s Book of the Week 31 Jul 2021
“Reminded me of Tim Burton’s films in which the ordinary people out-odd the oddballs, but the outsider always retains the moral high ground.” Alex O’Connell, The Times
This is the debut novel by a fresh new voice in children’s fiction and the winner of the Times/Chicken House Chairman’s Choice Award 2019. Pickard has written funny, dark, middle-grade story touching on themes of lies, storytelling, secrets, acceptance and, of course, fish!
When Marina discovers a boy with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands, she resolves to help him unravel the mystery of his past…
Marina lives in Merlington, a fish-obsessed seaside town. Unfortunately, she doesn’t care for fish; she loves telling stories. Marina finds her best story yet when she explores the ruined, haunted pier: a boy called William with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands. He has lived on the pier all his life, cared for by a fisherman who has since disappeared and who warned him always to remain hidden. Together, the pair resolve to unravel the mystery of his past – but danger isn’t far away…
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