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Return to Groosham Grange (edition 2003)

by Anthony Horowitz

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Title:Return to Groosham Grange
Authors:Anthony Horowitz
Info:Walker Books Ltd (2003), Paperback, 208 pages
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It's good vs. evil with some monsters, vampires, and ghouls as teachers thrown in for good measure in this sequel. David is the best student at Groosham Grange, and now he finds himself in the role of defending the school from outsiders bent on its elimination. He's a shoo-in to win the school's prized unholy grail before he is sabotaged by the new student Vincent King. With his best friend Jill, they set out to uncover the truth about Vincent. And if that isn't enough to keep them busy, they have to save the school from a mysterious dark force. Can violence be funny? Is it ok to laugh when the school's monstrously deformed caretaker is impaled by a javelin? How about when a plastic dragon comes to life and eats several children? You might be thinking of Hogwarts and Harry, but this is no land of Potter; however, if you liked the good vs. evil in that series, you might also like reading about David as he attends school at Groosham Grange. Just be ready to laugh and get grossed out, maybe even at the same time. ( )
  lnommay | Feb 7, 2011 |
Anthony Horowitz is an accomplished and versatile writer who writes perfect books for older children and the young adult age group.

Return to Groosham Grange is typical of his work, if a little bit more off beat than usual. This hilarious adventure is the sequel to Groosham Grange, and follows David - now enjoying his life as a student at the extremely unorthodox school, and battling to win the school's highest (and only) honour, presented to the most outstanding student - the Unholy Grail.

But all is not well, as the school has been infiltrated by someone who wants to destroy it.

Children aged about 8 or 9+ will love this story. At times it is so wacky that it might be a bit too much for teenage readers, but it is still good fun, with a fast and enjoyable plot.

My one reservation - and the reason I will not be lending it out - is that it basically inverts ideas of good and evil. Witches and vampires and werewolves are not exactly evil, but the Christians certainly intend it.

That is not to say I think children should not read this book. In some senses it is a perfect book to challenge our ideas of what is good and what evil means. But I think it is a book that perhaps requires a bit of discussion to round it off, as it is aimed at an age that is used to more didactic learning, and it would be a shame if the actual message that sinks home is that Witches are good and Christians are evil. ( )
  sirfurboy | Oct 9, 2009 |
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David is on course to win the Unholy Grail, a cup of magical power presented to the star pupil of spooky Groosham Grange. However, a series of suspicious mishaps occur. Someone wants to stop him winning and, worse, Groosham Grange is in danger. Originally published: as The unholy grail. 1999.… (more)

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