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The Gorgon in the Gully

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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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Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
What happened when I read the blurb, a story in two Acts

ACT ONE, several months ago : Look at the cover. Look at the shelves. Don't look at the blurb carefully. Well I love Marchetta but it's a middle-grade book. I'll take a rain check.

ACT TWO, 5 MINUTES AGO : Read the blurb carefully, because apparently, I'm less dumb now. Danny GRIGGS? *frowns* Danny GRIGGS ? As in JONAH Griggs ? And Jonah is in it?

*checks on Amazon*



*Read Emily's review*


Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily May
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2012

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!
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone - young & old
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
First read: August 2015


Reread: February 2018

- Still super great. Danny Griggs is my baby alongside Luca Spinelli and Anabel Mackee. Made me wish we had a book on Luca and/or Anabel at this age.

- I loved all the Jonah mentions; I believe that Gorgon occurred at the same time as Jellicoe, as Jonah was out bush in this story. Also, props to Jonah being the best brother in the world, finding a spot with cell coverage so he could call Danny every night. EVER
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! =)
Jun 29, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kids
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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidz, writers-i-love

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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traveling-books
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.
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
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-reader
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.

Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Only Melina Marchetta could make me cry in a fun, adventurous, 100-page chapter book.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reread: August 2018
Read: November 2010
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-loved
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.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
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
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The only Marchetta that doesn’t make me cry like a baby.
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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
“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.” 9 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.” 3 likes
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