St Grizzles School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies by Karen Mccombie

St Grizzles School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies

Written by Karen Mccombie
Illustrated by Becka Moor
Part of the St Grizzle's Series

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In a nutshell: fun and friendship at 21st century boarding school

Eleven-year-old Dani is a few weeks into life at her new boarding school, St Grizelda’s, aka St Grizzle’s. She’s got used to the school’s relaxed attitude to rules and regulations, and to going to assembly in her pyjamas! And she’s made some good friends too. But she still feels a bit homesick. When the school decides to enter a film-making competition set by the local council, Dani is in her element - back at home she often makes videos with her friend Arch. But managing groups of people isn’t easy, can Dani give everyone a chance to shine – including her flamboyant granny – without making herself invisible again? Amongst the fun and crazy adventures, there are subtle messages about being yourself, and developing confidence. A great take on the boarding school genre. ~ Andrea Reece

Readers will also enjoy Jeanne Willis’s new take on Enid Blyton’s avant-garde boarding school stories, The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl.

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St Grizzles School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies by Karen Mccombie

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?


Praise for St Grizzle's:

“Wickedly funny, endearingly daft, and with more than a nod to the anarchy of St Trinian’s, this is a wonderful comic caper that will have youngsters lining up for a place at St Grizzle’s!” Lancashire Evening Post

“Best Children’s Books for World Book Day 2017” Hello! Magazine

“Karen McCombie brings her usual wit and warmth to a St Trinian’s-style school setting in this new series with fab illustrations from Becka Moor.” Book Trust

“Funny and entertaining with a thoughtful undertone” Armadillo Magazine

“[L]ots of fun: a quirky contemporary take on the boarding school story” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“This anarchic story has a wonderful charm of its own, enhanced by the lively and entertaining drawings.”
Parents in Touch

“This is a mad-cap adventure that's in many ways reminiscent of stories by Roald Dahl or David Walliams”
The Bookbag

“A riotously good tale” Nicki Cleveland, Goodreads Reviewer

“A fantastic new story from a well established author. This is going to win her even more followers.” Netgalley reviewer

“A highly enjoyable romp” Jo Cotterill author of A Library of Lemons

About the Author

Karen Mccombie

Karen McCombie has written over 80 books full of endearing characters and quirky humour; her series Ally’s World has sold over 200,000 copies. Born in Scotland, Karen now lives in north London. Karen loves her job, but is a complete fidget. She regularly packs up her laptop and leaves Office Number 1 (her weeny back bedroom) and has a brisk walk to Office Number 2 (the local garden centre café). Read more about the author here.

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224 pages


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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

1st June 2017




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