If you want to check out my review for the first St Grizzle's book in the series, check that out here.
I was kindly sent St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies by Stripes Publishing, in exchange for an honest review :)
St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies is a brilliant sequel to the first book, which follows Dani as she finds herself sent to St Grizzelda's school for girls as her Mum makes her trip to the Antarctic, to study penguin bottoms. Things have gotten a little bit exciting in the meantime, however, as Lulu has shared with her pupils a fantastic project - to make a film about their local area, to be shown as part of a screening. Film-maker pro Dani has some great ideas, but can she bring herself to let the others join in? And who's the witch in the tree house with the crazy red hair?
Intrigued? Check out the blurb 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?
Although my review of the first book in the series was also a 5* review, I think that this one definitely tops the first one! It was so nice getting re-introduced to the characters, and I think that the characterisation of everyone was so well built-upon in this book. I loved Dani, Lulu and Granny Viv even more in this book - if that was even possible! I think all the characters in this book are so well-crafted and are individually all hilarious, heartwarming and wonderful.
I think the story is also fantastically paced and the storyline brilliant and carefully plotted. There was something happening on every single page; McCombie hooks her readers in from the very first page and doesn't let them go until the very last. I loved the combination of worlds in this book (the inclusion of Downboy and Granny Viv) and I think this added such a great element into the story.
Overall, I can't see anything to dislike in this book - everything is wonderful and when I was reading it I felt such a happy warm glow in my stomach - the St Grizzle's series is charmingly hilarious and deliciously smart.
I think this book suits kids of all ages to be honest - it can be read aloud for a bedtime story, or older children can read it for themselves!
Make sure you guys check out the links at the beginning of this review and down below <3
Check out Karen McCombie here: http://www.karenmccombie.com
Until next time :)