Griffin's Castle

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NYT bestselling author of the CHARLIE BONE series Jenny Nimmo weaves another thrilling fantasy about mysterious stone animals willed to life in this re-released edition of Griffin's Castle . . . .

Lonely and friendless from constantly moving, Dinah finds herself wishing the animal statues protecting a nearby Welsh castle would keep her company. Suddenly, to Dinah's delight, the stone animals start to magically spring from the walls and follow her home. But when the animals ...

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Overview


NYT bestselling author of the CHARLIE BONE series Jenny Nimmo weaves another thrilling fantasy about mysterious stone animals willed to life in this re-released edition of Griffin's Castle . . . .

Lonely and friendless from constantly moving, Dinah finds herself wishing the animal statues protecting a nearby Welsh castle would keep her company. Suddenly, to Dinah's delight, the stone animals start to magically spring from the walls and follow her home. But when the animals refuse to let Dinah leave her house, she quickly realizes that these mysterious creatures aren't rescuing her, they're imprisoning her. . . .

After years of having moved around, eleven-year-old Dinah determines to make a huge, dilapidated old mansion into a home for her mother and herself, but the wild beasts she summons from a stone wall to protect her may also imprison her.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Caroline B. Hopenwasser
Eleven-year-old Dinah is mature beyond her years. She has too often had to take care of her child-like and impetuous mother. Never staying in one place for long, Dinah longs for a home to call her own. When circumstances land the two in a dilapidated old mansion, Dinah is determined to turn it into the home of her dreams. Solitary and friendless, Dinah finds comfort in talking with the stone statues on a Welsh castle in the town. Magically the animals begin to leave the wall and join Dinah in the garden surrounding the mansion. At first Dinah finds great comfort in the presence of the animals, even calling on them to attack her mother's boyfriend when he threatens to have them move from the house, but the animals soon try to imprison Dinah, refusing to let her leave the yard. Her attempt to escape almost ends in tragedy. While the character of Dinah is likeable and intriguing, many of the plot elements in this book are confusing, making the story hard to follow at times. The ending is wrapped up a little too neatly, providing an incongruous ending for this dark and mysterious tale. Reviewer: Caroline B. Hopenwasser
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7This story of a troubled child is set in the real world of Wales, yet it incorporates strong elements of fantasy. Dinah, 11, is bright and self-sufficient but has a young, single, and somewhat immature mother. Ever since the child can remember, they have moved from one makeshift living arrangement to another, till Dinah's greatest desire is to have a stable home for the two of them. When the mother's new, wealthy boyfriend moves them into his huge dilapidated old mansion, Dinah determines to make her wish come true. That wish becomes desperate as the girl is left alone more and more by a Mum increasingly preoccupied with her boyfrienda man who heartily dislikes Dinah. She finds a solution when she happens into a fantasy world in which the stone figures of wild animals, carved in bas-relief on an old castle wall, come alive at night. She summons them to patrol the garden of the old mansion and protect it from demolition. At first they serve her, but as her anxiety about her future mounts, they turn on her and bring her to the edge of disaster. Dinah is a strong, likable character, as are the two boys in her class who befriend her. However, several of the plot elements are muddled or unexplained, and the fairy-talelike ending is so contrived that it diminishes the story.Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439025546
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 629,403
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series as well as GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, THE DRAGON'S CHILD, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Several of her books have been awarded and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.
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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    Nimmo is so much better than this.

    I'm a huge fan of the Charlie Bone series, however I really didn't like Griffin Castle all that much, for starters, it's very difficult to enjoy a read when you deeply dislike the main character, she was an obsessive posessive maniac on her way to become a total psychopath. She got her step father mutilated (those little stone animals of hers that "would do anything for her, except kill... FOR NOW"), and never even once she showed any trace of remorse. She became engrossed with the house, the stone animals, and the family living downstairs, it seems that in her own twisted version of the world, everything the she zeroed in on had to belong to her.
    Clearly there was nothing to like in a capricious peevish main character, and I also disliked her mother, a spineless lame excuse of a mother that wouldn't stand for her own daughter.
    Good thing that I didn't judge Nimmo by this book, or I wouldn't have read Charlie Bone, which is the exact opposite to The Griffins Castle.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    A Pretty Good Read

    "Griffin's Castle" by Jenny Nimmo is a good read, although the ending is pretty sad. Do not read this book if you want to be laughing and smiling by the time you get done with it. Over all, it is a pretty good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

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    this book was great i got it as a holiday gift and i can really relate to dinah the main charachter and yes, i would tell a friend about it or someone that i know

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