Today I am going to be talking about the wonderful St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies by the equally wonderful Karen McCombie (let's also not forget the fab illustrations by Becka Moor!) Just after Christmas I read and reviewed the first book in the series: St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys, and absolutely adored it! You can read my review here. So when Stripes Publishing got in touch to ask if I was interested in reading the next book, I couldn't say yes fast enough!
Check out the blurb for St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies here:
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?
I haven't had the chance to read this yet, but when I do, I'm sure it will be just as heartwarming and hilarious as the first book!
In the meantime, here is a post by Karen McCombie, with a message for the younger her...
I love how you loved to play for hours, making family, friends and communities out of not just your toys, but anything around the house that wasn’t nailed down.
Random buttons from the big button tin in the sideboard was a favourite, I remember.
But you really went to town in the bathroom, schlepping every bottle, jar and tub out of the there on a tray and spending forever on your knees on the living room floor, creating soap operas for all the characters (the posh Perfume Bottle family were so mean to the hardworking Moisturisers, weren’t they?).
Mum and Dad were pretty cool for not sniggering out loud, especially when they found tiny scribbled bits of paper taped to the bottom of every item on the bathroom shelves, each scribble a carefully chosen character name (Trixie the Talcum Powder, Fernando the Shaving Foam)…
I also loved how you completely loved books, after a false start when no-one spotted your partial deafness. You were a bit scared of words and reading in your first couple of years of school, weren’t you? Reading seemed like a puzzle everyone understood but you, when really, you were just in a fug of panic, unsure what was going on around you in the classroom half the time.
And I loved that you loved stories so much that you pushed through your crippling shyness and auditioned for school plays, desperate to be in the middle of an acted-out story, as well as losing yourself between the pages of books.
Would you be surprised to know that all the childhood reading, acting and story-spinning with assorted shampoos, nail varnishes and Syrup of Figs bottles added up to a Proper Job one day?
‘Cause here’s the thing; I’m an actual author.
And it’s all down to you, you kooky, shy, brave little person… Thanks!
Your Older Self, the Big Grown-up Karen McCombie
* I nicked this title from my daughter – it’s the name of a song she’s written on her gukelele (yes, that’s a thing – Google it).
Karen McCombie is the best-selling author of more than 80 books. The second in her fabulously funny ‘St Grizzle’s’ series –‘St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies’ – is out now, from Stripes.
Thanks so much for appearing on my blog, Karen!
Make sure you guys check out the other posts on the blog tour <3
Buy St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grizzles-School-Ghosts-Runaway-Grannies/dp/1847158137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496833484&sr=8-1&keywords=St+Grizzle%27s+School+for+Girls%2C+Ghosts+and+Runaway+Grannies
Check out Karen McCombie here: http://www.karenmccombie.com
Until next time :)