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The Gorgon in the Gully

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Beyond the basketball courts and classrooms of St Raph's is a gully where everything disappears forever. Danny Griggs has heard stories about a creature that lives down there. So why does he volunteer to face the Gorgon when he's been petrified of everything all his life?

A gentle story about overcoming fear and looking at things from all angles, from best-selling author Me
Paperback, 132 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by Penguin Australia/Puffin (first published September 22nd 2010)
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The Gorgon in The Gully is Melina Marchetta's 2010 debut for middle readers.

I bought this book for me my boys, Sam and Reuben.

Here they are ^ (taken down the road from our place):
Sam on the left is 10 years (grade 4) and Reuben on the right is 9 (grade 3)

Danny Griggs, our protagonist, is in grade 4 and he's an Australian boy, so right from the start my boys related. Even though it is perfect independent reading level for both Sam and Reubs, this is one we saved for me reading out loud to the
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
This is my last Marchetta book. It kinda feels like a sad moment.
I thought I would celebrate with a picture. :)

(view spoiler)

But just imagine balloons and fireworks in the background! :D

Then Akbar did something that really frightened Danny. He pointed at both of his eyes with two fingers and then pointed at Danny with the same two fingers. 'That means he's watching you', Jackson explained.
Things in Danny's life were getting more and more frightening every day.

I was having a stu
Jun 28, 2011 Alexa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids, fans who will read anything by MM, those who need more Jonah Griggs!

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Melina Marchetta is my favorite author EVER. I will read anything she writes. When I found out that she was releasing a children's book, I knew I wanted to read it. And when I found it was about Danny Griggs, the little brother of Jonah Griggs (my favorite male character of all time) from Jellicoe Road (my favorite book in the entire world), I knew I had to get my hands on a copy! Sadly, Australian books are hard to come by and shipping is prett
Aug 19, 2011 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Gift from Crystal - Thank you! :)
Beautiful and inspiring

There was this time when I looked at a picture and thought it was a man with horns, but when I stepped up to study it I could see it was actually a butterfly with wings standing up straight. That’s what happens when you stop looking at things from far away. My advice… look at whatever you’re scared of from a different angle. Look at it up really close…

I’ve come to expect nothing short of magical and flawless from Melina Marchetta and The Gorgon in the Gully is no exceptio
I think that the best literature for children always contains a sort of understanding. Children respond to simple stories and themes, yes, but their minds are really just as complex as an adult’s. They live in the same world that we do and have to shoulder the same challenges and face the same fears. This is a sweet story for ages 7-10 with a lot of heart and just a hint of fairy tale. It also contains that nearly subliminal hint of the intense and painful, which gives it a real authenticity.

Emily May

This is just a really cute, feel-good children's book with a nice message about fear and how to overcome it. A definite must for Marchetta fans!
Aug 08, 2011 Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Marchetta. I'd also recommend young readers and their parents to read it together.
Recommended to Alyssa by: Young Adult for Adults
I am the biggest fan of Jellicoe Road you'll find around these parts. I talk to my contemporary-book-hating best friend about my favourite novel, I recommend it to my mom, I squeal about it to my boyfriend, and I even tell my (dying) cat that I'll never, ever, EVER (view spoiler) forget a book like Jellicoe. The Gorgon in the Gully is perfect for readers like my sister, who still reads chapter books and hasn't read Jellicoe, and it's also p ...more
Well what a sweet book Melina Marchettahas written for Puffin Books 70 yrs celebration. This book came to my attention by one of the many Melina fans on YA Fiction for Adults Goodreads group and I'm very happy to say this was the start of an amazing challenge "Melina around the world challenge", the sharing of a fictional story, a childrens book with a wonderful positive message about facing your fears, putting ignorance aside, making new friends and becoming a better person & these are just ...more
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
Review to follow.

**July 25 edit**

THIS greeted me in the mailbox today!

Why am I reading children's lit?

1. It's MM. Duh.
(Not M/M, perverts!)
2. The main character, Danny, is Jonah Griggs' brother, which makes him awesome by default.
3. A Jonah sighting is expected. *squeeeeeee!*

I can't wait to read this! =)

I have decided that for all my reviews for Marchetta I will just say :It's 'Melina Marchetta' baby! ,
and that should just suffice for you to know that it is a 5 stars book.

Because Marchetta IS the 5-golden-stars writer of my heart.
Even when she writes kids stories.
(And after reading this, I am pretty sure I could love ANYTHING Marchetta writes..even if it was the wether forecast or the grocery shopping list!)

Sam (10 y/o) and Reuben (9 y/o) have already done a pretty great review for The Gorgon
Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun)
What a super cute wonderful lovely book! I don't usually read books for this age group, but when I saw it was Melina Marchetta I knew I had to get my hands on it.

So the book follows the story of Danny Griggs (brother of swoon-worthy cadet Jonah Griggs who just happens to be fighting a territory war in Jellicoe) during year 4 and Danny has his own battle to face. After losing his footie team's good luck charm he must face the Gorgon of the Gully in order to get it back.

I have to say the work th
Exactly what has Melina Marchetta’s books reduced me to endure? The greatest time suck otherwise known as philpost. Almost a month ago, some awesome people decided to put The Gorgon in the Gully on tour. Being the Melina Marchetta fan that I am, I did not hesitate to sign up: First up, Carmel Fauth sourcing it out (awesome lady…*woot*) Then Catie (another awesome lady for taking charge.) Then ME!!!! Yay! But one week, two weeks, three weeks later with the book nowhere in sight, I was starting to ...more
Adorable. Jonah Griggs' little brother Danny is adorable. The Jonah references are adorable. If Melina Marchetta decides to write a book focusing on Anabel Mackee, I'll read that too.
I really liked this one! Thanks to Carmel who kicked off the Melina Around The World Tour:-) Not only is it a great book for kids, there are some valuable lessons in there for adults too. The best part for me was the frequent 'appearance' of my boy Jonah (swoon) and I especially liked it when Danny spoke of the photograph in the drawer of Jonah and 'a girl with sad eyes'. Loved to see Taylor getting a mention too!
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
This book is SO DARLING! So sweet! I feel like I'm swimming in the warm fuzzy sea right now!

How has this not been released everywhere? There are children I want to buy this for.

The AWWWWWWWWWW factor is huge. And Jonah is the best big brother EVER.
Jun 29, 2011 Ariana marked it as to-read
Shelves: kids, y
How do you make 27 years old people buy a book for kids? Put Jonah Griggs in it and we are all sold :D

PS: I'll just pretend that I'm buying it for my future kids, LOL
At First Sight: Danny Griggs has always been afraid of pretty much everything in his life - from the possible monster under his bed or the shadows under the door; to calling a classmate and them not remembering who he is - so he's more surprised than anyone when he volunteers to retrieve a special soccer ball that went down the mythical Gully at the edge of St. Raphael's playground.

In the Gully, everyone knows, there is a Gorgon - a gruesome monster that hoards and keeps everything that goes in
More updates: The best feeling having read this book comes a day after, that is today, when my DD tells me she learns that it's no use being afraid of something we do not know (she's 6 btw) and she is so happy for Danny, that he overcame his fears :) cheers for Danny!

This is one book she'll be keeping to read on her own in the future. I'm sure she'd love it even more!

Yesterday: I just realized that Danny Griggs is Jonah Griggs' (from The Jellicoe Road) little brother! How cool!

Updated: This. Bo
Beautiful story. Loved every minute of it. Danny was engaging and incredibly real as were his school experiences and friends. His fears and blind spots are things almost anyone can associate with. The middle portion and toward the end actually had me choking up in happiness at what Danny was doing instinctively. Every kid needs a Danny in their life. I hope my son can be a Danny to others. I love the importance that family, friendship, and the perspective of truth hold in this book. Lovely, enga ...more
This book = love
Such a cute story that's not necessarily aimed at young children but older readers as well!
So glad I read it, it's a quick read and Melina fans will definitely love this (we even get a but of Jonah Griggs in this)
But the star is definitely Danny Griggs, a kid who's scared of everything but decides to go get the football he kicked into the gully where the legendary gorgon lives. This leads to a massive operation that involves a lot of unlikely helpers and even more unlikely allia
I don't read much in the way of young reader or middle grade books, but I read this because it is Melina Marchetta. I love Melina, and she didn't disappoint here.

I love Danny with all of his fears, but his willingness to still face them. I love his interaction with his friends and his family, particularly Simon and Jonah. Knowing his family background from Jellicoe, it interesting to see how much Jonah and their mom have protected Danny.

I really liked this book, it was really well written for a kids book. I read it for a "challenge" where a book is sent around the world for different people to read then send on to the next person on the list, which was really cool to participate in. I've heard a lot of good things about Melina Marchetta and I wasn't disappointed. I thought her writing and humor were very good and I'm interested to see what her YA books are like.
Nov 14, 2011 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2011, mg-fiction
Totally got this for the Jonah Griggs cameo, but wound up wholly invested in Danny's sweet and determined quest to conquer the Gorgon. Give it to reluctant middle grade readers or fans of Melina Marchetta or heck, anyone who is in the mood for a story that will make you smile because this one will certainly do that. Thanks, Melina Marchetta! I needed it.
Dec 27, 2010 Jacob marked it as to-read
Not the kind of book I usually read, but I'm going to when it's released stateside, because, uh, Marchetta. Plus if I'm not mistaken this is about Jonah's little brother (from Jellicoe Road) which yep yeah definitely reading this. Eventually.
Milý detský príbeh o prekonávaní strachu. A typicky marchettovské, čiže skvelo napísané a s hŕstkou postáv, ktoré si musíte zamilovať. Po dočítaní mám chuť dať si rereading Jellicoe Road - tá malá dávka Jonaha Griggsa mi nestačila.
Cute! I enjoyed the lifes lessons the kids learned, about facing your fears, and seeing things from someone elses' perspective. Nice hearing from Jellicoe's Jonah ;D
This is such a cute little book. Sure it's short. Sure it's written for younger readers. But it was Melina Marchetta through and through.
Jen (A Book and a Latte)
Feb 02, 2012 Jen (A Book and a Latte) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Originally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte :

I'm excited to have finally had my turn with Gorgon as part of the Melina Around the World Challenge! Gorgon arrived late last week along with postcards from everywhere it's visited. For those that don't know, Melina Marchetta is an Australian author and not all of her books are available in the US. So when Carmel offered to send around a copy of Gorgon from Australia, a bunch of us jumped at the opportunity! Melina Marchetta instantly became on
Carina Olsen
The Gorgon in the Gully was just what I needed today. It's been just a few months since I first realized that the main character in this book is the little brother of Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road. And that there is a little bit of Jonah in this book. And because I that I needed it right away. And I'm so glad I read it. Because it's fun and cute and awesome.

This is not a very long book. Just over one hundred pages, yet there are very little pages with not that many words. Yet it was perfect. I
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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the ...more
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“The next night he asked Jonah if he could take $9.49 out of Jonah's secret stash that only Danny and his mum and Jack knew about. Jonah kept it in his sock drawer next to a photograph of Jonah and a girl with sad eyes, taken in one of those railway station photo booths.” 10 likes
“There was this time when I looked at a picture and thought it was a man with horns, but when I stepped up to study it I could see it was actually a butterfly with wings standing up straight. That’s what happens when you stop looking at things from far away. My advice… look at whatever you’re scared of from a different angle. Look at it up really close.” 4 likes
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