Title: St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies
Author: Karen McCombie
Illustrator: Becka Moor
Published: June 2017
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Humour
Length: 224 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
When local schools are asked to make a film showcasing the surrounding area, Dani and the rest of St Grizzle’s set to work. But Spencer and his mates at the village school are determined to sabotage the work of the smelly Grizzlers.
To Dani’s surprise, help comes in the form of Granny Viv who has secretly taken up residence in the school’s tree house with Downboy the dog. Together they come up with the perfect ghostly video … but will Granny Viv be able to stay once the competition’s over?
Other books in this series: St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys
I was so excited when I received the newest book in the St Grizzle’s series. I loved the first book and I couldn’t wait to see what the girls (and boy, and goat!) at the school have been up to since the events of the last book.
Dani and the rest of St Grizzle’s are super excited when Lulu announces that the local council is hosting a video competition and all the schools in the area are taking part. Naturally, Dani thinks she’s got this down – given the little movies she’s made in the past with her friend Archie – but things don’t go as easily as she would like.
Building on the first adventure at St Grizzle’s, we jump straight in with a pajama assembly. St Grizzle’s is still working on their alternative classes and teaching and even though the students are still being teased by the kids from the other local school, I still think I’d much rather have classes where I could learn to swing on a trapeze than sit and do math!
As usual, St Grizzle’s focuses on friendship, rivalry, and crazy adventures. While Dani tries to work with the other kids at the school to create the best video they can, she gets an unexpected ‘helper’ who is really taking over. While Dani tries not to fall out with anyone and still make a video worthy of winning the competition, she also has to deal with her own feeling of isolation and lack of creative ideas.
St Grizzle’s is peppered with the fabulous illustrations from Moor and I really feel they help to bring the story off the pages. I loved the full page spreads that were in this one.
Extra exciting was the sneak peak of the NEXT St Grizzle’s book and I am honestly so excited for it. St Grizzle’s always has a great message that it’s okay to be a bit – or a lot – different and to just be yourself. Friendship and family, fun and laughter, there are more things to life than sticking to boring traditions sometimes.
An excellent follow up to the first book and the series looks set to continue to get better and better.
About the Author
Karen Grace McCombie is an author of children and young adult novels. Currently, she lives in London with her husband Tom, and their four year old daughter Milly. She is the author of the series Stella etc., Ally’s World, and Indie Kidd. She has also written several stand-alone novels. Her newest series, Sadie Rocks, was released in February 2008.
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