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Toby lives a lonely life in his pyjamas at the seaside hotel where he was abandoned as a baby. Until the day he's sent down to the beach to look for Cook's lost laundry.

Instead, he finds a pale, thin girl, lying at the water's edge with a long green tail swaying gently in the shallows.

Eliza Flot is a stranded mermaid, and she needs his help. Toby takes to her, and when he meets her noisy parents he practically becomes part of the family. But Toby's new friendship arouses suspicion back at the hotel. And Toby and the Flots must come up with a plan to rescue each other.

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“All the joyous playfulness of a little classic.' - THE TIMES 'A quirky, charming book, funny and imaginative.”

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'The Grand Hotel at the end of the pier is suspiciously like a hotel where I used to work as a chambermaid. I didn't have to wear my pyjamas though, unlike Toby. My favourite bit in this story is when mean Mr Harris fiddles with the peephole in the door to room 11 so that he can spy on the Flots – very sneaky.'

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