The Grimm Conclusion (Grimm Series #3)

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Once upon a time, fairy tales were grim.
 
Cinderella’s stepsisters got their eyes pecked out by birds.
 
Rumpelstiltskin ripped himself in half.
 
And in a tale called “The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage,” a mouse, a bird, and a sausage all talk to each other. Yes, the sausage talks. (Okay, I guess that one’s not that grim…)
 
Those are the real fairy tales.
 
But they have nothing on the story I’m about to tell.
 
This is the darkest fairy tale of all. Also, it is the weirdest. And the bloodiest.
 
It is the grimmest tale I have ever heard.
 
And I am sharing it with you.
 
Two children venture through forests, flee kingdoms, face ogres and demons and monsters, and, ultimately, find their way home. Oh yes, and they may die. Just once or twice. 
 
That’s right. Fairy tales
Are
Awesome.   

* “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Gidwitz deploys his successful formula of bloody happenings and narratorial intrusion in his third and final installment of unexpurgated fairy tales. … Underneath the gore, the wit, and the trips to Hell and back, this book makes it clearer than ever that Gidwitz truly cares about the kids he writes for.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
 
“Entertaining story-mongering, with traditional and original tropes artfully intertwined.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Tale Dark and Grimm (2010) and continued with In a Glass Grimmly (2012, both Dutton) is equally gorey and awesomely dark. ... As innovative as they are traditional, the stories maintain clear connections with traditional Grimm tales while creatively connecting to the narrative, and all the while keeping the proceedings undeniably grisly and lurid. … Readers will rejoice.”— School Library Journal

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Adam Gidwitz continues his eerily funny Grimm fairytale takeoffs with fresh takes on Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Juniper Tree. Perfect for snuggle up reads.

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/30/2013
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Gidwitz deploys his successful formula of bloody happenings and narratorial intrusion in his third and final installment of unexpurgated fairy tales. The protagonists are Jorinda and Joringel, who go through hair-raising and stomach-churning travails similar to those of their predecessors, Hansel and Gretel (in A Tale Dark & Grimm) and Jack and Jill (from In a Glass Grimmly); there are even a few cameo appearances by characters from the earlier books. Among the sources this time are “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty,” lesser-known tales such as “The Juniper Tree” and “The Boy Who Left Home to Find Fear,” and a few non-Grimm tales. Reflecting his love of theory, Gidwitz takes an excursion into metafiction near the end that highlights the power of story, one of two key themes, along with the folly of repressing one’s feelings. Underneath the gore, the wit, and the trips to Hell and back, this book makes it clearer than ever that Gidwitz truly cares about the kids he writes for. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
The names change, but the characters and themes not so much as Gidwitz takes a pair of children through a third series of folk-tale scenarios punctuated with washes of blood, fire, tears and parental issues that presage readers' encounters with Bruno Bettelheim. Before finally making good on their vow never to part, twins Jorinda and Joringel hie off on separate plotlines. Jorinda, as Ashputtle (freely translated as "Toilet Cleaner"), is betrothed to a comically clueless prince, survives three nights in an ogre's haunted castle, becomes a child tyrant queen and is murdered. Joringel, magically reconstituted after having his head snipped off by his stepfather, swallows a fear-killing juniper berry, gives Sleeping Beauty CPR and rescues his sister from hell with help from the devil's grandmother. So intrusive a narrator that even his characters hear him, Gidwitz offers commentary and (necessarily frequent) warnings about upcoming shocks. He then later steps in to shepherd his protagonists to modern Brooklyn for some metafictional foolery before closing with notes on his sources. After many tears, few of them happy ones, and much reference to suppressed feelings of anger and guilt, the children are reconciled with their neglectful, widowed mother and go on to a happy-ever-after in an anarchic day camp dubbed Jungreich, the Kingdom of Children. Entertaining story-mongering, with traditional and original tropes artfully intertwined. (Fantasy. 11-14)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–8—The conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Tale Dark and Grimm (2010) and continued with In a Glass Grimmly (2012, both Dutton) is equally gorey and awesomely dark. Jumping outside normal book conventions, Gidwitz not only relies on the previously recounted horror, but he also embraces and integrates it into the plot. "The third raven blinked at the little boy. 'The metafictional dimensions of that statement are kind of blowing my mind.'" Fans of these gruesome tales will not blink an eye, and newcomers are more likely to return to the previous titles to catch up than to find the references off-putting. The assured voice of the storyteller continues to be distinctive and clearly indicated by the bold type. Jorinda and Joringel, main characters in these adventures, gradually take on this storyteller role, upending the expected, and provide a satisfying conclusion while extolling the power of story. As innovative as they are traditional, the stories maintain clear connections with traditional Grimm tales while creatively connecting to the narrative, and all the while keeping the proceedings undeniably grisly and lurid. Gidwitz includes a note regarding the sources of his stories, which are not just Grimm, but also include Peter Dickinson, Hans Christian Andersen, Eric Kimmel, and his own fertile imagination. Readers will rejoice.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525426158
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Grimm Series , #3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 83,747
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time—which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in The Grimm Conclusion not only happened in the real fairy tales…it all also happened to Adam. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz 

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    It is bloody but awesome and funny

    It is bloody but awesome and funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Best Book ever

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Okay book

    The first two books in this series were great! This book was kind of confusing, wcich made it a little boring for me...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Love it!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!! Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Jack899 Jack89131

    My favorite of the three books. It reminded myself of a roller coaster./\^/\

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    To Doc

    Have u posted the next part yet? I cant find it. Is the book just called 'Savvy'?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    To DOC

    I can't find it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    OH!

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Great

    Lots of diaturbing facts! Boobie-Q

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Best book ever

    I wish it wasnt the end

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    I loved it

    It was so good

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    This book started off great like both of the first two in the se

    This book started off great like both of the first two in the series. I love the way the author talks to his readers and seems to get them involved in the story. However, He got a little too serious 2/3 of the way in. He started to get "deep" in his thinking. Took away from the fun that the original storyline had going. Still, over all, a awesome end to a awesome trilogy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Free i pad

    1. Kiss hand 2. Post this on three different books 3. Look under pillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    SO GOOD

    OMG GRETEL'S A FLIRT, AND HANSEL GOES TO HELL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    German!

    I jaman uns uns uns ( not reall german)there names are german.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Daughter Of Charm Part 15

    WHOO PART FIFTEEN!!! So, in honor of part 15, at the comments place (neh first result), I want of you peoples to tell me what an awesome secret (and it cant be some lame secret like i have a dog or whatever), a deep dark secret that he or she would never ever tell someone. Like Lucy has a brother named Frank, Racer is a Hunter of Artemis, etc. Your hint for what I'm going to do is Echo Cave. For all you Once Upon A Time fans, get excited. Okay. Lights, Camera, ACTION!!- When Acheolus dies, the hotel starts to crumble and concave. Lucy, Sophie, Lucas, and I grab our backpacks and run for the front exit. I begin to pull my hair into a ponytail and unzip my backpack. "Well, this was the best day to pack extra clothes." I notice that Lucy and Sophie are looking at me expectantly, while Lucas just kicked the ground. "I should have done something. Like shot him with lightning before it happened. Or had a ventus come and take him to Boreas' palace. Or-" Sophie cuts him off. "You stuck to the plan. At least, you didn't just stand there in shock or jump on his back and yell 'PUNK!' like somebody! Lucy! Lets just change and go back to the ship." We go to a gas station across the street and go into the bathrooms to change into our camp t shirts and shorts. I let Lucy and Lucas walk ahead while I talk to Sophie. "Hey, Sophie. Can I talk to you for a second?" "Yeah. Why?" "Well you know how I can do all that freshwater stuff now? I want you to teach me." "Teach you what? How to be a goddess? I have no experience in that field." "No. About how to control water and use it. Can you do that for me?" Sophie looks at me in surprise. "Uh sure. We better go catch up with Lucas and Lucy." For a while we walk in silence and catch up to them after a bit. "No way." Lucy says jaw open with shock "Is that...Racer? Dude, she is shredding those waves! Kristen, you've got to see this! I look by the boat to see the slightly tall figure of Racer on a gray surfboard going under waves, through barrells, and grinding the top. "Last one to the ocean has to touch Travis' butt!!!!" I rip off my shirt and shorts revealing a blue bikini and board shorts. Sophie catches up to me and screams, "FIRST LESSON!!!" She jumps onto a wave and flattens part of the water to create a platform for her to surf on. I do the same and catch up to her. We both pause on top of a wave while we watch Lucy come up a second before Lucas. She groans and walks up to Travis, who is applying suntan lotion, and slaps his butt. "WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO THAT FOR, WOMAN?" She runs to the shore and backflops into a wave, while Lucas sets up his beach blanket next to Noah's, who is tinkering with a metal contraption. Chloe is meditating on the shore, Lauren is drinking a pina colada, Maddie is applying waterproof makeup, Olivia is reading a novel under an umbrella with an owl on it, and Jack is growing a mango tree. Lucy has a sword and is chopping the waves laughing maniacally. It feels so good to have everything be normal. Then I see the sand swallow up everyone except for Racer and me who are still on the waves.- Part 16 at Savvy (Savvy Series 1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Hello

    I wanted know if this is agood vook;-()

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