Pamalican Island: Bayawak

Pamalican Island: Bayawak


By (author) Emma Excell, Illustrated by Shirley Chapman


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  • Publisher: Matador
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 8mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Market Harborough
  • ISBN 10: 1848766203
  • ISBN 13: 9781848766204
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations

Product description

Toby and Alice's holiday adventure on Pamalican Island begins with great excitement. The island is a playground of white sand, turquoise sea and lush tropical vegetation. But when Granny begins acting completely out of character and Toby encounters a talking monitor lizard, Dakila, it become obvious that things are not all as they seem on Pamalican. Toby recounts his story but no one believes him. In a desperate attempt to convince at least his sister, Toby and Alice explore the island in search of Dakila. To their horror, they stumble across their own Granny transforming into a lizard and their world changes. They are not prepared for the revelation that Granny has a life in a parallel world of lizards, that they know nothing about. She is in fact a royal lizard returning to her homeland for the first time in nearly forty years...This charming children's story is suitable for 7-9 year olds. A unique blend of fantasy and fiction, Pamalican Island has been inspired by some of Emma's favourite children's authors; Michael Morpurgo, Philippa Pearce and Roald Dahl.

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Author information

Emma studied economics and started her career as a bond analyst in the City. After marrying, she lived in Japan and Germany with her two daughters. Five years ago, she divorced and then remarried. She now has a son and another on the way. Emma currently works with her husband in their business, Fisikal Ltd, and enjoys property development. She is currently building a villa in Sri Lanka.

Review quote

"Pamalican Island is a wonderful story told with the sparkle of fun and a true understanding of the magic of childhood. A magical journey for any child who dreams of desert islands." -- Raffaella Barker