When David is expelled from Beton College, his parents
don't know what to do with him - until the mysterious letter
arrives from Groosham Grange. This school is miles away from
anywhere, has one day's holiday a year, and sounds like an
awful place to send a child. His parents think this could
be the answer to their problems, but it is definitely the
start of David's...
those unfamiliar with Anthony Horowitz's Groosham Grange
series, this is the perfect place to start - mainly because
it's the first in a short series of two tales (the second,
also released this month by BBC Audio, being The
Unholy Grail: A Tale of Groosham Grange).
story starts with poor David Eliot being given a hard time
by his parents because his school report is not what they
were expecting. I couldn't help smiling to myself as David's
father got angry with his son - explaining to him that in
his day his father was a lot stricter with him when he was
at school. Telling David that his father would have hung him
up in the refrigerator by his feet if he so much as sneezed
without permission. It that wasn't bad enough, David then
has to explain that he's also been expelled.
a quirk of fate, this event coincides with Mr Eliot receiving
a prospectus from Groosham Grange school. The
next thing poor David knows is he has been whisked off to
Groosham Grange and it's not long before he realises that
this is a completely different sort of school to the one he's
been used too.
by Nickolas Grace, this three CD collection represents excellent
value for money. Horowitz is no hurry to get the listener
to Groosham Grange and this puts us in the same position as
David - not knowing what to expect. The result is that once
David arrives at the school and is exposed to the various
characters there, the listener is pretty nervous too about
what to expect.
is a wonderfully written story, which is well read by Grace
- who brings the characters to life.