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When Mark is sent to St Matthew 's College for Boys, it is one more punishment for years of bad behavior. The school has a reputation for knocking boys like him into shape, run with an iron fist by the sinister headmaster, Mr. Crabtree. As soon as he arrives, Mark enters a sinister world of questions: what is Mr. Crabtree 's secret, and why does he have a miserable sixteen ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Human & Rousseau (first published 2007)
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Sonja Arlow
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Initially I was underwhelmed by this novella, all the characters seemed like spoilt insolent brats and the only one worth liking was Thomas ( the very very sad school secretary/slave) but somewhere just over the half mark the book gained momentum and became something worth recommending to my circle of book friends and not just to promote fledgling SA authors.
S.A. Partridge
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This gothic-style novella embraces magic, mystery and dark intrigue
- O Magazine, February 2008
Paige Nick
If you have a teenage son or daughter they'll love this book. It's great young adult fiction, written by a fantastic South African author. I enjoyed it. ...more
Tania
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars. I have to agree with Sonja, that The Goblet Club was off to a slow start, and only started gripping you once you got over the halfway mark. I though the author was brilliant at creating a dark and sinister mood throughout the book. I only gave the book 2.5 stars, as I felt there were some mistakes/gaps in the plot. I will try the author's second novel Fuse ...more
Brian Spuy
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Youth fiction often falls into the trap of being "child-friendly." I think here, for example, of John Grisham's "Theodore Boone" series, so squeaky clean it's almost nauseating. Not that there is anything wrong with writing a fun, clean adventure romp - I write those myself, and I enjoyed the Grisham stories.

But it is nice to run into youth fiction that has a bit more meat, and isn't preachy or condescending to young readers. "The Goblet Club" is refreshingly (not to say relentlessly) dark, its
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Jayne Bauling
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This multi-award-winning YA novel hurtles along, pulling the captivated reader with it. The tone is lively, but the deeds are dark in a hellish boys' school. Not everyone is who or what he seems to be, a sinister mystery unfolds, poisons are developed in secret, there's betrayal and a frank depiction of the effects of guilt - what more could we ask? ...more
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