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Knightley Academy (Knightley Academy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,753 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Henry Grim is a servant boy at the Midsummer School—until he passes the elite Knightley Academy exam and suddenly finds himself one of the first commoners at the Academy, studying alongside the cleverest and bravest—and most arrogant—young aristocrats in the country. They thwart Henry’s efforts to become a full-fledged Knight of the Realm, but he and two commoner classmate ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Aladdin (first published February 14th 2010)
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Sheila Beaumont
I really liked this tale of mystery and adventure set in an alternate-history Victorian England, just before 1900. It's Harry Potter-like in the best ways. There's an appealing orphan boy (named Henry Grim) who unexpectedly finds himself accepted into an elite school; on the train he meets a couple of likable boys who become his friends; and at the school he encounters bullies and hostility, plus an unpleasant, Snape-like professor.

But author Violet Haberdasher (a pseudonym for Robyn Schneider,
Henry Grim, 14, was a servant at the exclusive Midsummer School up until recently. When one of the Midsummer professors caught him borrowing textbooks, he decided to tutor him instead of reporting him to school administrators for theft. Henry Grim then became one of the most promising students Midsummer School never had the privilege of teaching! Encouraged by his tutor to take the entrance exams for Knightley Academy, Henry became the first commoner ever to be accepted as a student. His accepta ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Micah rated it liked it
This is a hard one to review because so many of the reviews are very eager to do all the Harry Potter comparisons (not without good reason), but that doesn't entirely do the book justice. So I guess I'll get the Harry Potter stuff out of the way first and quickly. This book totally has a Draco Malfroy as well as a Snape. It also has a trio of friends that go on their adventures.
Okay, so what this book really is is an interesting alternate history story where all of Britain is at peace with itse
Kayla Edwards
Dec 10, 2015 Kayla Edwards rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-novels
This was a fun read with a really neat idea. I was expecting something more medieval - I mean, we are talking about a training school for knights - but it was actually much more modern. We've fast-forwarded a few centuries to a time when chivalry is dying in the general public. However, the few young noblemen able to pass the entrance exams can still earn their knighthood at Knightley Academy. But this year, a loophole is created so that commoners may attempt the exam. Henry, a young servant boy ...more
Alex Bennett
Mar 26, 2010 Alex Bennett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, signed
All hail Violet Haberdasher! Seriously guys, this book is freaking amazing. I loved loved loved it. Even though I was obsessed before I began, I still would have given this book 5 stars!

The writing is flawless and beautiful. You can see everything so clearly without the book going into too much detail. The dialogue between the characters is so realistic and sometimes laugh out funny that it appears that you are talking to the characters yourself.

The characters themselves are so likeable and fun
Creativity's Corner
[from the my blog, Creativity's Corner] When I first saw this book on someone else's blog, I didn't know what to think. The post was a guest post from the author, explaining what "Harry Potter Inspired Novel" meant as the term had been used in describing the book. Basically, she explained, Knightley Academy was what came from having practically grown up reading Harry Potter, and desperately wanting something similar to read next. No wands, no magic, none of that stuff, but still Harry Potter ins ...more
Lorien Rhys
I know that some of you might be a bit hesitant to read this book because it has knights in it and stuff like that. This book does but retells it in a better way. The writing is superb and the characters are just plain awesome (especially Frankie who I like a lot). Some people might say that this is a similarity to Harry Potter. In some ways yes it is, such as the main character being bullied because he works as a servant in a school but is secretly educated by a professor at the school.
This bo
Tom Franklin
Apr 06, 2010 Tom Franklin rated it did not like it
A sad attempt at a Harry Potter knock-off. Knightley Academy has a few glimmers of originality sprinkled in here and there, but it is difficult to see past the obvious similarities of J.K. Rowling's superior work: the lowly commoner elevated to a specialized school, the train ride to said school where he meets his mannor-born enemy, the quirky school building, the dorm room/common rooms, the classes and teachers...

The cover blurb also states, "Steam-punky", which is completely wrong. Yes, this i
Jul 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
With an air of Harry Potter, yet a totally original story line Knightley Academy is a HIT in my book - I fell in love with the characters, loved the Academy itself even, I felt as though I could picture it...but it's details did not over ride the story.

I cant wait to read the next book, it's bound to be interesting I am sure
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Bookworms, I’ll tell you upfront: I’m going to have a lot of trouble reviewing KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY for you. I’m not sure how to describe the magical way the story snuck beneath my skin and consumed me. I feel like if I describe it one way, I’ll pigeon-hole it and you’ll think it’s a book that it isn’t. Even though it’s similar to other works in some ways, it’s also unlike anything I’ve read, in a class of its own. Unputdownable. A perfect blend of reality and fantasy for children, teens, and adult ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Verena rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Verena by: Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I really enjoyed this book.

I picked it up because it was recommended to Harry Potter lovers, but I actually don't think that it has that much in common with Harry Potter.

Yes, the lead character is named Henry, who is an orphan and who has had a rather difficult life so far, and the setting is a boarding school, but that is as far as it goes. There is no magic, no personal vendettas, just school yard bullying, lessons, mean and nice teachers, pranks and rule-breaking which is common in all boardi
Jan 27, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Before reading the first sentence of this novel, I had heard quite a bit about this novel. I heard it was good, I heard it was alright, I heard it was like Harry Potter, etc. Even when I had heard all of this, I hadn't fully grasped what this book was truly about and what it entailed. (also, I found this book in the Children's section at Books-a-million.)

Knightley Academy is about this school that decides to open their entrance exam to commoners this year. The three main characters come from ve
Patrice Sartor
1.5 stars. This is the longest book (460ish pages) that I never wanted to finish. I read it as a bedtime story to my sons (13 and 10), and although two of us wanted to quit it early on, the 10-year old insisted on continuing the reading. So we did, and boy was I SO HAPPY when it ended.

The comparisons to Harry Potter have to be inevitable, right? After all, the main character is an orphan with a gift for learning that gets accepted, against all odds, into Kinghtley Academy, where he's always drea
Steve Johnson
Feb 21, 2011 Steve Johnson rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually one to read young adult fiction (it's just not my demographic) but this was definitely a great exception. I'm also a little disappointed with the reviews on Amazon that claim this is a Harry Potter knock-off... sure it's about an orphaned young boy who goes to a school for things one doesn't normally go to school for, but that's where the similarity ends, and if that's enough to make it a knock-off, they're both knock-offs of Oliver Twist anyway.

Regardless, this is a quality book
Sep 11, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Why I read this: It's a debut novel this year and it really looked interesting when I read the summary of it online one day.

Plot: Let's just say that I think it rivals that of Harry Potter. It has that same friendship interaction, forms of bullying, and the underlying evil plot that will hopefully bring everyone together by the end of the series. I think this is the next big thing. It's epic enough, involving enough and it has the diversity that every series needs. I have a big thing for underdo
May 24, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
When a loophole in the rules allows Henry Grim, an orphaned serving boy at Midsummer School, to take the entrance exam for Knightley Academy, he jumps at the chance to better his lot. He is admitted as a sort of social experiment; traditionally the Academy was limited to the aristocracy, but some trustees feel that the turn of the century will bring changes in social structure as well as technology. At the Academy, Henry is paired with two other misfits (one Jewish, one East Indian) and befriend ...more
Laurie(Time Stand Still)
Apr 08, 2010 Laurie(Time Stand Still) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Laurie(Time Stand Still) by: Author Chat
I loved this book so much that I bought a second copy and gave it to my son's principal (she likes similar middle grade books) for her to read and then donate to the school library. I felt this book had a lot of good moral undertone to a very well written plot. I am also excited to read more in this series. I really like the fact that Robyne did not use her real name so these younger readers would not search on her name and find her other books that would not be suited for middle grade readers. ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Trina-Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book!

I've noticed that many other reviews on here talk about how similar Knightly Academy is to Harry Potter, and while there are some similarities, they are two very different stories, in my opinion anyway!

I liked the Harry Potter books (the ones I've read) but I like Knightly Academy more. I think the reason for this is because I love the setting of Knightly Academy, it's Victorian and sort of steam punk, which I find interesting and unique. I also love the characters.
Jul 29, 2010 Christa rated it it was amazing
As I was cleaning up the newshelf at our library my eye was caught by this little gem. This story is about a servant/orphan boy named Henry Grim who works at a posh school for boys called Midsummer School. Here he is secretly tutored in numerous languages, culture and history by Professor Stratford. Henry is encouraged by him to sit the Kightley Academy exam (a school for future Knights) in which no commoner has ever done before. With flying colors he passes the exam and is brought to Knightly A ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Tracie rated it it was ok
I truly feel sorry for any author nowadays who wants to place a young character at any kind of school or camp where they learn special powers because they are often accused of copying J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. However, this book IS a copy. The main character's name is Henry, he's an orphan, he passes a test to attend this prestigious knight school (one of the chapters is "The Boy Who Passed"...just like "The Boy Who Lived" in Harry Potter), he has 2 buddies at school, one a stickler for rules ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'd rather rate this about 2 1/2 stars. It began extremely derivative, with an orphaned boy who miraculously gets into an exclusive school. With a chapter title like "the boy who passed," and a chapter beginning "It is a truth universally acknowledged. . .", I felt as though I had read all of this before, and frankly better written. Henry Grim (the main protagonist) is friends with 3 misfits, has his own Professor Snape and Draco Malfoy, at least at the beginning. The book gets better with time ...more
Amy B
Jul 09, 2015 Amy B rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While I couldn't help but notice the many similarities between Knightley Academy and the Harry Potter series, this book held its own. A charming narrator told the classic tale of an underdog at an elite school with wit and wisdom. The characters learned from their mistakes, found that there are many definitions to "friendship," and kept pushing forward though no one would help them. Is this book the first in a series? I wasn't aware of that when I read it and so the ending was a littl ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Lula rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. There isn't any Fantasy in it, which is what I usually look for to read, but it was enjoyable. It was a bit difficult figuring out what time period the story takes place in, but it's easier if you just ignore that. The plot itself was enjoyable, if a bit slow at first. Henry is a wonderful character, and his friends were great. It was funny, even if it was a bit long-winded.
Apr 15, 2010 Alec rated it it was amazing
i loved it! it had to be one of the best books ive read in a long while. it was a nice refreshing book that is unique in that it has its own style. i love how it is set in a completely different universe, though in the same countries. normally its just another planet :P. sometimes its nice to read a steam punky book set in an alternate universe, however far fetched that may seem. i loved this book and give it a 5/5.
I have to make this quick. Oh, my, god. This book is amazing! It is so addictive. I just kept wanting to turn page after page, just like The Lincoln Lawyer. The characters are well developed and fantastic, especially Frankie. :) I loved the plot and the themes it holds. "Violet Haberdasher" is a brilliant writer who knows how to captivate an audience. Can't wait for Secret Prince!
Aug 08, 2012 Oridisi rated it it was amazing
Awwwww man this book was very good. I read before about a year ago but I never got the chance to put it on my goodreads reading list. I was very happy with the turn of events. Can't wait to start the second book. J.K. Rowling look out, there is a new author in town
Anam Ali
Mar 08, 2014 Anam Ali rated it liked it
It's like Harry Potter without magic. Definitely needs a bit more world building. But THANK YOU for a really great POC character (who actually refrains from pork/bacon). Really, thank you.
May 06, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: Aw, it's a lot of fun, taking the old "magic school" premise and giving it a twist with just a dash of religion on the side.
Apr 04, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
Wonderful coming of age story set in steam punk Victorian times. Well written and engaging. I highly recommend for people of all ages, especially teenage boys.
Dec 13, 2016 Bianca rated it it was amazing
Melhor personagem: Frankie Winter
Melhor citação: "Não ter títulos não torna todo mundo igual."
Melhor capítulo: 26

Fiquei impressionada com este livro. Não pensei que iria gostar tanto, o que ficou explícito pelo fato de eu tê-lo lido rapidamente. O começo dele, porém, parece o clichê de sempre: um menino injustiçado que recebe uma chance. Mas ao longo do livro, ele se torna muito envolvente. Você quer saber o que acontecerá com Henry, Adam, Rohan e, claro, Frankie. Não sei foi pelo fato de ter me
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“And as if the professor could read Henry's mind, he said, "It's a curious thing, change. You never get used to it, and you're never sure where it comes from, but you better learn to expect it."
"I don't recognize the quotation." Henry frowned, trying to place it.
"That's because it isn't one. It is simply advice, and advice you'd be well advised to take, especially now.”
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