Title: St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys
Author: Karen McCombie
Illustrator: Becka Moor
Published: 12th January 2017
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 224 pages
Source: NetGalley eARC, paperback from publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Hi I’m Dani and my mum loves penguins’ bums more than me. Otherwise she’d never dump me in some stuffy old school while she heads off to the Antarctic.
And it gets worse. When we arrive at St Grizelda’s School for Girls, the school’s had a drastic makeover. Gone are the uniforms, the rules and … er, most of the pupils and staff.
In their place is TOTAL CHAOS.
We’re greeted by a bunch of stampeding eight-year-olds, a head-butting goat and a crazy head teacher wearing a plastic-spoon crown…
Somebody get me OUT of here!
I love a good middle grade story that has crazy adventures and weird and wonderful characters. St Grizzle’s has all of the above. Full of wonderful illustrations, hilarious writing, and characters that leap from the pages, this is a perfect read for fun-loving younger readers.
Dani’s mum is about to head to Antarctica to study penguins for three months, leaving Dani to attend the most boring boarding school ever: St Grizelda’s. With its stuffy uniforms and prim and proper manner, Dani is sure it will be the worst experience of her life, but then she arrives and it’s not at all what she expected.
Dani might not want to be at St Grizzle’s but all the kids there go out of their way to make her feel welcome – not that she notices. Being so wrapped in getting out of there, Dani doesn’t realise just how amazing the school and its students actually are. It was wonderful to see her heart winning out over her head – the adventure inside her winning out over the misguided logic that she shouldn’t be there.
As Dani settles into the school life, I’m already excited to see what adventures they’ll have next. After settling into life at St Grizzle’s, Dani and her new friends have all the time in the world ahead of them and with the wacky and colourful personalities already at the school, I can only imagine what hi-jinks they’ll get up to.
Becka Moor’s wonderful illustrations bring the story to life across the pages. I think it’s great when the pictures complement the story so well but don’t draw the focus away from the text.
A story that is sure to make kids laugh, St Grizzle’s tells them to live in the moment – no matter how wacky.
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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