Blog Tour: St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies by Karen McCombie

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Today, I am very excited to be rounding off the amazing blog tour for the second St Grizzle’s book. Make sure you check out all the previous bloggers in the tour too!


I’m very big on the idea that you just love who you love when it comes to families, and sometimes blood-ties have nothing to do with it. That’s because between my family and my husband’s there’s a whole bunch of step-wotnots, adoptive doodahs and random other-nesses, and our family is all the richer for it.

In ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies’ (the second in the ‘St Grizzle’s’ series), Dani quickly becomes fond of her makeshift ‘family’ at school. And it’s about to have a couple of new members, and one of them looks strangely familiar.

Anyway, in the spirit of alternative families, I give you these top threes…

3 alternative families in books

  • ‘Little Bits of Sky’ by S.E, Durrant: It’s 1987 and sister and brother Ira and Zac only have each other… but there’s a hurricane on the way and all sorts of important people will be blown into their lives. A quiet, strong and wonderful story of kids in care – and beyond.
  • ‘The Secrets of Sam and Sam’ by Susie Day: Who’s the best twin out of Sam and Sammie? And what’s with all the secrets? This is a sweet, gently bonkers tale, with loving, sweet, irritating, normal parents, who just happen to be two mums.
  • ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ by EH Shepard: Somehow, shockingly, I didn’t come across the wonderful world of Winnie the Pooh books till I was at college and had to do a ‘Jackanory’ style programme for my Media course. The writing is simple and sublime and deliciously funny. And what a family Winnie and co are! How fab would it be to live alongside them all in Hundred Acre Wood? (Scuttles off to look up likely properties on Prime Location…)

3 alternative families in MY books

  • ‘St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys’: Before Dani gets packed off to St Grizzle’s, family means Mum and Granny Viv. I don’t do a back-story about where ‘Dad’ is, same as I don’t do a back-story about why Zed – the random boy at the school – is in a wheelchair. Because sometimes things just are what they are.
  • ‘My Big (Strange) Happy Family’ (book 6 in the ‘Indie Kidd’ series): Indie’s mum and dad don’t live together anymore; but surely they still like each other… don’t they? Indie is on a mission to make them friendly again, but her oddball plan fails badly. Or does it?
  • ‘Catching Falling Stars’: Researching this WW2 evacuee novel, I became fascinated by the different experiences evacuee children had with their host families. So when I began to write, I wanted to not only to follow the story of main characters Glory and Rich, but the other evacuees in the village too – and all their versions of family and belonging, good and bad.

3 alternative families in films

  • ‘The Sound of Music’: One grouchy father + bunch of resentful kids + an inexperienced-but-determined nanny = satisfying happy family/happy ending! Yes, I might have a CD of the soundtrack in my car. Yes, my daughter and I might occasionally sing all the songs at the top of our voices while my husband slinks down in the passenger seat, groaning.
  • ‘Despicable Me’: The most gorgeous and quirky story of adoption. With a unicorn. Firm favourite in our house. Quick quote:

Edith: ”When we were adopted by a bald guy, I thought this would be more like ‘Annie’…”

  • ‘Lilo and Stitch’: A killing-machine alien gets mistaken for a puppy by feisty little girl whose family is under the watchful eye of the Hawaiian social services, with a soundtrack by Elvis. What’s not to love? And this line always makes me a bit snuffly and twinkly around the edges; “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten…”

A huge thank you to Karen for that inspiring post! St Grizzle’s definitely has a big, crazy, fun family at the school. I’ve got to say, the three films are three of my all-time faves too!

If you want to check out the St Grizzle’s series, all the information is below and be sure to check back on Tuesday for my review of St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies!

Release Date: January 12th 2017
My Review

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!

Release Date: June 2017

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?

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