Groosham Grange

Groosham Grange

by Anthony Horowitz
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Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

Thirteen-year-old David Eliot was a disappointment to his parents. But to be sent to Groosham Grange? Hidden away on a lonely island, Groosham Grange is a school that is unknown to the outside world. Pupils forced to sign their names in blood. An English teacher held together entirely with bandages. A soccer ball made of . . . well, you'd rather not know. What is the chilling secret hidden behind the headmaster's door? And why are students disappearing in the middle of the night? Suddenly, David has a lot more to worry about than pleasing his parents?like survival!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101011072
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/14/2008
Series: Groosham Grange Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
File size: 177 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded
by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and
mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy,
withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and
then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found.
That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother,
whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character,
was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and
worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories
running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school,
a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school
itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster
told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas
games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up
tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for
Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material
for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now
watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old
psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers
(sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden
age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most
average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using
his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled
Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the
deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an
expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the
recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age
of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books,
he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most
Horrid
. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has
just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider
novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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Groosham Grange (Groosham Grange Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i enjoyed it very much, you should read the second one. I am however, very disappointed to find out that these books were published before the Harry Potter series, and they are VERY similar. Magic school on an island? Two friends a boy and a girl? There are other similarities too like in the 2nd one, he is in a competition to win the unholy grail that has lots of magical power ( goblet of fire?) VERY bad parents (the dursleys?) his rival (malfoy?) also there is the broomstick lessons, the classes, the school itself, I could continue but i think you get the point. So now that I found that out I am disappointed to learn that J.K. Rowling might have ( I hope not) copied from the groosham grange series. I also heard that Anthony Horowitz would not continue the series because of the Harry Potter books. I think he should continue the series and if J.K. Rowling or anyone else says that he copied, then anyone can come up with the data and say that he made it 1st!
Jordan Pfeil More than 1 year ago
this book is a really good book. there is something weird about Groosham Grange and Jeffery, Jill, and David know it. for the reader they will know it to. but will they make it out in time or will something bad happen. it is hard to right a review because you have read the book and you want to tell about how good it is but you dont want to give away what happens. so you have to take alot of time to stop and think if i say this will it give away what happens in the book. luckaly i have had practise. i wont waste your time by talking about things other than the book now. so i will say about one of the only things i can say with out giving away any thing that happense. in this book you will want to pay atenchion to all of the different teachers (expesialy the school nurse because she will help you with the students) because if you can peice together some of the little details and some of your knolege you might be able to figure out this mystery befor the book tells you. this book is a funny book simetimes and i just wonder by reading this book... what on earth is wrong with Davids dad, for doing the things he does, and Davids mom, for still likeing Davids dad when he does this unbelievable stuff!?! thank you for reading this book and it is a grate choise to buy this book along with the second book in the series Retern to Groosham Grange The Unholy Grail. if you have ever read the Alex Rider series or the Gatekeepers series or the Dimond Brother Mysterys (all writen by Anthany Horowitz just like this book) and liked them then you will love this book series. i do and i know that. but please try it. and if you do buy it you wont be sorry that you bought it. i also just want to add thank you Anthony Horowitz for writing all these grate books i have read all most all of youf books and have loved all of them. you are my favorite auther and it was you who inspired me to want to be an auther when i grow up. i hope you plan on continuing writing books. i wont know what to do when you stop writing books. Thank you agien Anthony Horowitz. and thank you all of you who have read my comite and please by the series it is worth the money. thanks agien for reading. -Anthony Horowitz fan #1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How could davids mom be living after she got stabbed all the way to the handle by a carving knife!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is SO good. I thought it would be kind of boring... but it was fantastic! Im 13 too. So it was a really good book and cant wait to read the second one! Couldnt put this down!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Groosame Grange is a adventure story.It seems that every thing goes wrong when they get traped when Mr.Blood Bath catches them on his boat just in time in for the school holidays.