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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

by Kim Newman

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Amy is Unusual: she floats in the air! Her mother is appalled, and decides that the way to prevent this behaviour is to send Amy to boarding school, where she will learn discipline and obedience. But Amy’s mother doesn’t know that Drearcliff Grange School has a number of Unusuals, including one girl who is determined to change the students into a collectivity...of ants!....This is a wonderful send-up of the British staple of fiction, that of girls’ schools. I first encountered this through Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers series, a set of six books that I still re-read whenever I have a cold. Kim Newman is best known as a horror writer (especially the Anno Dracula series), and here he combines horror stropes with humour and school girls, all set in the 1920s, after WWI and before the Great Depression; a perfect time period for this kind of novel. He can’t resist throwing in a few references to other books of his, but you don’t need to know them to enjoy this book, and enjoy it you will, as it’s hilarious. Recommended! ( )
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A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy's, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the school, and it is up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
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