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on 18 March 2004
Originally read this book when I was about 10-12 and loved it, recently found it again and found its still as funny as it was
then. The way it is written is fantastic and the madness of the characters especially in the first chapter had me laughing out loud. Although the book does get darker as it goes along, it is an amusing and exciting story that is a must for everyone.
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on 25 September 2009
This book is an amazing, fast paced read that I couldn't put down. I looked forward to reading it all day and even took it in the bath with me. I think you should read this now!
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on 20 June 2007
It is the first book I read of Anthony Horowitz, and it will not be the last. This book goes back to 1983 and yet all the ingredients having made the success of Harry Potter are already in this novel! There are mystery, suspense, bounces, sympathetic characters, all played on nerves, in an opaque and oppressive atmosphere. I was not totally captured at the beginning, but then I couldn't help to raise my nose from this book!
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on 19 October 2005
This book is a must read! It's funny and scary but also brilliant. Once you start reading it you will never stop!
I loved this book when I first read it and immediately read the next one. Its supernatural but so are the parent. But it almost makes the story better. I recommended Anthony Horowitz to my brother and he has almost read all his books and is waiting for the new Alex Rider! This story gives you the shivers but also keeps you laughing for hours so don't get put off by the front cover.
This book is mainly about a boy called David Elliot who gets expelled form his old school Beton collage. His new school is just weird! It's situated on an island that isn't on the map. With his best friends Jill and Jeffery they try to figure out the mysteries of Groosham Grange but they do not know what they are getting into. All the teachers are weird and so are the boys. But Jeffery suddenly changes he now is wearing a black ring. Then David escapes he steels Captain Bloodbaths boat and heads for Norfolk. But in the library he finds a book on Groosham Grange and finds out all its secrets.
I would highly recommend this book to 8-12 year olds it had me laughing for ages but maybe not for those who are lovers of Animal Hospitals you might not find it very interesting. It's a really good book and I hope lots of people enjoyed it just as much as me!
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on 4 October 2003
This book was given to me at Christmas in 95/6, and I couldnt wait to read it cover to cover! By new year, it was completely finished. It was a really exciting book, and amusingly scary. David Eliot's parents are very eccentric and a very odd couple, and David is the only sane one in the house! We hear about the new friends he makes, and the strange customs at the new school - signing the school contract in blood, and never seeing the headmaster (see the front cover - that's why!) Truly excellent and thoroughly recommended.
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on 16 January 2003
I use Anthony Horowitz books, including this one, for reluctant readers. The stories are so exciting that they want to find out what happens, even though the words may prove a real challenge to them.
A word of warning, though: this is more Roald Dahl than JK Rowling. Although most children love it, the sensitive ones may find it rather frightening.
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Expelled from one boarding school, twelve year old David Eliot is promptly despatched to another - his parents not fussy, as long as he is out of the way. From the start he realizes this new one is odd - he met at the station by a converted hearse, its driver once turned down by a freak show as over qualified....

Horrors abound in the country's sole private school to have its own cemetery. The staff are a very weird bunch indeed - planning "to do things" with David before he is thirteen. Can he escape? Will he even want to?

One senses in Anthony Horowitz a boyish humour, jokes and anarchic situations mischievously concocted to guarantee chuckles of delight. Result? An engagingly ghoulish read. Good news for all who enjoyed it: there is a sequel!
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on 3 January 2004
This book is a bit wacky, but apart from that it is very good.
In the first chapter you meet the family of David, they are very wierd and seem to not care about being stabbed with a knife, as a desperate meseour after david is expeled from school they send him Groosham Grange, he hates it and he instantly knows something is wronge, signing your name in blood, and then he finds out his teacher goes somewhere every full moon. It has a very wacky and wierd twist to it, a little bit sick, but funny.
This book has exelent use of words and when he feels pain or something, you literaly feel it with him, it is so realistic. This was the best book i had read in a long time, i couldnt stop reading it. The characters are funny, and wierd.
However, this book just takes too long to read, for some wierd reason and after a while you start to get bored of it. Also when you have read it once it tends to lie forgoten, you wont want to read it again.
Dont get me wronge, it is a very good book, but it simply takes too long to read.
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on 29 November 1999
Think Harry Potter with a groosham twist. David is a 13 year old wizard sent to boarding school. But there is more to Groosham Grange than what meets the eye. Why does the French teacher never teach at full moon? Why does the RE teacher smell of seaweed? What are the mysterious rings all the pupils are wearing? And why are the children made to sign their names in blood. . .? Though creepy, this book is chock full of humour, and when you're not shivering you'll be chuckling your socks off! And before you Harry Potter fans snort "What a copy" I'd like to say this book was written before Hogwarts was even thought of! (Though it is a slightly similar storyline)
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on 15 December 1998
The book is brilliant! It's very mysterious at the beginning and you think you know what's going to happen, but then the total opposite happens. It's very Anthony Horowitz style with little jokes in the names and the boys parents are hilarious. It's about a boy who gets sent to a creepy school called Groosham Grange where there are strange happenings.I read this book in class and everyone enjoyed it.
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