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Sent to Groosham Grange by his parents, David Eliot quickly discovers that his new school is a very odd place indeed. New pupils are made to sign their names in blood; the French teacher disappears every full moon; and the assistant headmaster keeps something very chilling in his room.
Paperback, 155 pages
Published 1988 by Walker Books Ltd
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Mariana
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Más que una carta de Hogwarts, yo siempre deseé haber sido la séptima hija de una séptima hija para ir a la Granja Groosham.

Leí este libro por primera vez hace muchísimos años, cuando iba en la primaria. Harry Potter todavía no se publicaba y la Granja Groosham fue la primera vez que me encontré con una escuela poco usual y que se quedó en mi corazón.

En esta historia, un chico de 12 años de nombre David Eliot, es expulsado de la estricta escuela en la que estudia. Nunca ha congeniado con sus pad
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Chris Horsefield
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
The characters in this book are stereotypical and flat--you've got the fat kid who seems like he will be a bigger secondary character but then disappears halfway through the story. Then there's the tomboy girl best friend that doesn't really do anything. I never bonded with the main character, and felt like he was just a puppet of the author, not a real person. Let's face it, we read books to escape not to follow a lifeless boy whose decisions make no sense. The ending doesn't add up, and we are ...more
Kate Treatman-clark
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anthony Horowitz wrote Groosham Grange before the Harry Potter series came out, yet it is hard to read Groosham without comparing it to Harry Potter. David Eliot is 10 year old boy who does not know he is a sorcerer until his father recieves a strange letter in the mail inviting David to a special school. David's parents are far worse than the Dursleys, and so Groosham Grange makes a welcome change for David, except that there are clearly strange things going on there. Students disappear from th ...more
Riona Daly
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very captivating and intriguing as it was focused around David Eliot's disappointing schooling experiences that led him to a paranormal world. After getting expelled for poor conduct he is offered a place at Groosham Grange, however this proposal was not by coincidence. On route to his new school, he befriends Jill and Jeffrey and through their discussion it seems that they had each received a letter with differing information to portray this school ideally for their pare ...more
Parinaz Mosayebi
کتاب خیلی خیلی مضحکی بود. از همون چند صفحه ی اوّل از فضای کتاب متنفّر شدم ولی دوست نداشتم نیمه کاره ولش کنم.
چند سال بعد شنیدم که رولینگ از این کتاب الهام گرفته برای هری پاتر. ولی ایده ی "مدرسه ی جادوگری" به ذهن هر نویسنده ی فانتزی نویسی ممکنه برسه ولی هری پاتر خیلی فراتر از یه کتاب درباره ی "مدرسه ی جادوگری"
، اونم با چنین شخصیت پردازیهای غیرمنطقی و فضاسازیهای بیروحه. حتّی نمیتونم برای یه مقایسه ی ساده، شاهکار رولینگو در این حد پایین بیارم.
Arghavan
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arghavan by: شکیبا -دخترعمّه- .
درست یادم نیست؛ شاید هشت یا نه ساله بودم وقتی این رو خوندم. ولی همون موقع هم ازش چندان خوشم نیومد. زیادی شبیهِ هری پاتر بود. اگه دوستمون از روی هری پاتر نوشتهش، که خب من صحبتی ندارم. اگه هم رولینگ از روی این، هری پاتر رو نوشته خیلی کارِ مضحکی کرده که تقریباً موبهمو از این اقتباس کرده. اگه هم که هیچ ربطی به هم نداشتهن، معجزهی قرن ه. ...more
Megan
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older kids who like Harry Potter or the Alex Rider series
Recommended to Megan by: Family Fun
Shelves: childrens
I picked this for a read-aloud for Logan (10), J.B. (8) and Soren (6). Logan gave it 4 stars, J.B. 4 1/3, and Soren 4 1/4. You can tell that Horowitz is a screen writer; there were so many passages at the beginning that read like a movie. Whenever we'd tell someone else about this book they'd say, "Now what movie was this?" The first part was also quite funny. And the whole thing was a bit demented. David Eliot, after being kicked out of his private school is sent to a new private school, Groosh ...more
Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~
this book was just horrible. It's about 100 and so pages , and yet it took me weeks to finish. I kept putting it down and picking it back. I literally had to make myself finish. They parents were horrible! That, who is wheel chairbound, was very abusive physically and verbally to both David and his mother. I can't imagine kids reading this. It felt a under written , Harry Potter knockoff.
Heather
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Strange, incredibly gruesome, and somewhat pointless. Oh well, I guess horror often is!
Rogerio
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Francisco Gama
Es como una historia de Harry Potter pero con personajes más bárbaros.

Entretenida para el público infantil que es al que está dirigido, me hubiera encantado leerla de niño.

Lo único malo, los papás de David.
Mdg2810
C’est sombre, décalé, bourré d’un humour british. Au début j’avoue avoir été très surprise mais j’ai bien ri et je lirai le deuxième tome avec plaisir! Néanmoins, je pense que je n’aurai pas forcément relevé toutes les subtilités lors de mon adolescence. Je suis donc heureuse de l’avoir découverte seulement aujourd’hui !
Zack Zhao
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Ash Tray
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leí este libro cuando estaba en secundaria y es la clase de libro que después de leerlo lo tuve que comprar de lo mucho que me gustó. Tuve el pensamiento pasajero de que es una clase de Harry Potter pero siniestro y menos dramático a pesar del montón de secretos confusos. Y quizá estoy diciendo incoherencias pero en mi defensa, tenía como trece años cuando lo leí. Pero lo volvería a leer.
Connie
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
I read this book for our local K-5th grade school. The front cover is scarier than the story. Which was good for me. I don't like scary books. Yikes! It starts out with David getting expelled from a boarding school. His parents are embarrassed and furious. His dad, in his anger, keeps hurting his mom. It's kind of shocking and funny at the same time, but it is also disrespectful. (Since fourth graders will be reading this, it concerns me a bit.) David is immediately sent to another school called ...more
Sara Kamjou
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, fiction
دو جلد کتاب گروشام گرینویج رو خوندم. جالب بود تو جلد اول مدرسه رو بد معرفی میکنه و قهرمان داستان مقابل مدرسه مبارزه میکنه و تو جلد دوم به دفاع از مدرسه میپردازه. این تغییر جبهه توی دو جلد به نحوی هست که شما مقابلش ایستادگی نمیکنی و دقیقا هرکس خودش رو توی هر دو جبهه احساس میکنه، که به نظر من این، هنر هوروویتس رو نشون میده.
تاکید کتاب فانتزی گروشام گرینویج بیشتر بر این هست که خوبی و بدی یه اصل غیرمطلقه. اون چیزی که بد میدونیم و باهاش مبارزه میکنیم میتونه تبدیل بشه به بهترین چیز تو زندگی ما!
اگر هورو
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Dee-Ann
This book is like Harry Potter, but more brutal and wickedly funny. This tale is about David, who comes from a household comprising a very brutal and boorish dad. David has six older siblings, though we never meet any of them, making him the seventh son of the seventh son. After being expelled again from school, he receives an invitation to attend an unusual school located on an island. He is practically forced to attend by his father and the story goes from there.

The humour is wicked and I am n
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Cathrine Bonham
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
When David Eliot is expelled from an elite private school his father gets a mysterious letter in the mail from a boarding school with a creepy name. And so poor David finds himself shipped out to Groosham Grange a school where the teachers are all monsters and the students all act like their under a spell. With fellow first years Jill and Jeffery, David must find a way to get out of Groosham Grange before Groosham Grange gets him.

It is darker than Harry Potter and a lot shorter as well. But it i
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Jerry M.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, sorprendido de nuevo
Mohadese
اولین کتاب تخیلی که من خوندم پنجم دبستان! خیلی هم دوسش داشتم
در ضمن اولین کتابی بود که در اولین روز از عضویتم تو ی کتابخانه عمومی گرفتم!!
Gavin
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
My book is called Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz the lexile level is 700. There is a kid named David and he has really bad grades and he could stay awake in class. “If he stayed awake in class it may be a miracle.” (pg.4) His teacher wrote a note that gave a bunch of things he did bad. David’s parents were mad at him. So they decided to sign him up for a summer school. Everyone David talked to about this sommer school called Groosham Grange they got freaked out. So David had to find out wha ...more
Roberto
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Granja Groosham te escoje, y si te llama, no puedes desobedecer.
Un gran libro de aventuras fantásticas para chicos que se inician en el gusto por la lectura. Ésta obra de Horowitz es anterior a la serie de Potter, y siendo británico también, me imagino que fue alguno de los libros en los que Rowling se basó para su exitosa serie. Si bien la historia no es de gran profundidad, es entretenida y el lector experimentado la terminará en breve.
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Renee
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Reminded me a lot of Harry Potter which I love! Even the 'Is it a stalagmite or a stalactite' comment was there, even though this book was released years earlier than HP. It's like Harry Potter in a little horror jacket absolutely brilliant. The island which the school is on has a creepy forest, a cliff and even a cemetary! The teachers seem kinda strange, the heads of the school are elusive and the classes rather weird. But everyone is really nice to each other no bullying at all and even a lit ...more
Aurélia
j'étais curieuse de lire ce livre puisque l'auteur avait accusé J. K. Rowling de plagiat lorsqu'elle avait écrit Harry Potter. Malheureusement pour lui, il a souffert la comparaison en sens inverse. On ressent effectivement une inspiration potentielle mais... j'ai trouvé ça moins "magique" et "enchanteur" que Harry Potter (surtout dans la première moitié du livre). J'ai aussi eu beaucoup de mal avec toutes les violences qui sont faites à la mère de David, ça ne m'a pas du tout fait rire...
Bethany
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a hoot! After Foyles War and Alex Rider, I have to pick up books with Anthony Horowitz's name as author and so I came to Groosham Grange. Bwahahahahaha! The Adams Family meets The Series of Unfortunate Events--the stuff funny dreams are made of and it's a series. Thanks, Anthony Horowitz. I think you have a winner here--just don't give up Alex Rider!!
Javiera Vargas
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De los mejores libros infantiles que leí, no puedo decir mucho porque fue hace casi 10 años que lo leí, pero recuerdo que me dejó sin poder dormir tranquila muchos días. Tengo unas ganas atroces de volver a leerlo.
Cristina Isabel
I read this book with my little brother. It was somewhat interesting but short after half of it, the plot twists become very foreseeable and David's decisions, our protagonist, are actually very disappointing.
Leia Mist
Es una historia bastante interesante y divertida, sin embargo el final es sumamente decepcionante. Suena como si el autor al final ya no supiera que hacer con su propia historia y la cortara de tajo.

Lo recomiendo como lectura ligera pero sepan que el final es horrible jaja
Myles
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Similar to Harry Potter
Lorna Redmond
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it is clever, funny and well written it's very easy to read and flows well
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more
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