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Horrible Histories: "Groovy Greeks", "Rotten Romans", "Awesome Egyptians" Casket 3 Paperback – Jun 1996


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Hippo (Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590192833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590192835
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,883,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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Apparently the Greeks (we are talking about the Ancient variety) were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven and girls didn't have to go at all. Greek children invented all manner of cool games just for something to do, and the grown-ups invented the Olympic Games and made the men run naked.

As Terry Deary points out, though, in his Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks, things were not always quite as jolly and some of the more disturbing facts unearthed in this funny and clever alternative to the history book are actually quite, well, horrible.

Illustrated by the talented Martin Brown, Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks adds a certain edge to the study of Ancient Greece by getting down to the nitty-gritty of Greek life and letting rip with the kind of nasty, revolting facts that any kids would kill to get their hands on. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By H. Greensmith on 6 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
Many a year ago I was given this book as a present for my 8th birthday. I began my "Horrible Histories" collection directly afterwards. The informative content is supported by witty little sketches and historical gags. The Groovy Greeks contains recipes and quizzes giving it an interactive dimension that will appeal to children and teens.

I'm 18 now and I can testify that I owe a great deal of my foundation historical knowledge and my general interest in the events of the past to these delightful books. I remember details from pages I read years ago, regarding Greek Gods and the Olympic Games (etc.)

So parents, get buying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abigaile Pigagaite on 25 July 2013
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A good book but can get confusing at times. Overall a nice book but is quite long and there is a lot of test your parents stuff- there should be more were you choose the way things go. Pretty nice book though, I've got to say.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 1999
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The Groovy Greeks is a good book to read it is a way of learning history if you're not good at it or you do not like learning history. I have not read many in the series. I have learned a lot from them and they give info about things children like to know like the gross bits about it. Like the way they sacrifice a person for the gods or the way they punish people for crimes like putting people in an iron house and heating it up until they melted to death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kian Trainor on 11 Feb. 2013
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Has some very interesting facts. I would recommend it to anyone. WARNING: you may laugh, cry and snigger uncontrollably .
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2001
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Every once in a while a book comes along that is educational AND fun. This is one of those few! It has everything, humour, entertainment, and educational value. If you miss this book, you will definatly be missing out on something worth while!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen A on 4 Sept. 2010
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This book arrived very quickly and my boys were reading it straight away - they won't be happy until they've got the whole set!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 1999
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The Groovy Greeks is funny and helped me a lot with my homework! Martin Brown's illustations make it even funnier. It taught me a lot about Ancient Greece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 4 Oct. 2006
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I really like this. The scenes are absolutely hilarious. The actors do a great job. My favourite bit is the bit about the Olympics. If you like the books you will love this.
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