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Bestselling author Deborah Abela brings us a heroine to love and a great deal of danger to overcome in this thrilling novel set in a post-apocalyptic, flooded world.

Bestselling author Deborah Abela brings us a heroine to love and a great deal of danger to overcome in this thrilling novel set in a post-apocalyptic, flooded world.

Grimsdon is in ruins. Three years ago a massive wave broke its barriers and the sea flooded this grand city. Most were saved, some were lost – and some were left behind.

Isabella Charm and her best friend, Griffin, live with three other children in the top of an opulent mansion. They’ve survived with the help of Griffin’s brilliant inventions, Isabella’s fighting skills and their vow to look after each other.

But what will happen when a newcomer arrives in his flying machine? Grimsdon is full of hidden perils, from bounty hunters to sneaker waves. Could Xavier’s daredevil risks put all their lives in danger?


Grimsdon is a novel which refuses to be categorised. It is part dystopian science fiction, part fantasy and part adventure - and altogether delightful … It is a rollicking adventure with heaps of good fights with pirates, attractive and memorable characters, unexpected twists and mysteries. Highly recommended.


Wow. The world that Deb Abela has created here is amazing - a flooded city where kids are left to fend for themselves against unscrupulous adults and the threat of sea monsters. I loved every minute of this book - the lovely, strong, cheeky characters, the settings, the mysteries waiting to be unraveled.

Holly Harper, Goodreads

A new Deborah Abela novel is always something to be excited about and this one does not disappoint … I really enjoyed Grimsdon-an adventure story that does not stray into the world of magical fantasy has become a rarity … I would be happy to recommend this book to any reader, regardless of gender, in the nine-to-12 age group.

Amelia Vahtrick, Australian Bookseller + Publisher

Grimsdon is an enjoyable and gripping adventure and I recommend it for readers 9 and up.

Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words

Deborah Abela gives the reader a super-paced adventure mystery, set in an abandoned city where water keeps the protagonists captive … Recommended for mid- to upper-primary readers.

Claire Saxby, aussiereviews.com

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    August 2, 2010

    RHA eBooks Child

    288 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

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Awards and Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards
    Best Children's Fiction
  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    Upper Primary

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Max Remy Superspy 3 & 4 Bindup
Max Remy Superspy 1 & 2 Bindup
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Ghost Club 1: The New Kid
The Remarkable Secret Of Aurelie Bonhoffen
Max Remy Superspy 10: The Final Curtain
Max Remy Superspy 9: The French Code
Max Remy Superspy 8: Mission In Malta
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 3: The Finals
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 2: The Striker
Max Remy Superspy 7: The Venice Job
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 1: The Game Of Life
Max Remy Superspy 6: Blue's Revenge
Max Remy Superspy 5: The Amazon Experiment
Max Remy Superspy 4: The Hollywood Mission
Max Remy Superspy 3: The Nightmare Vortex
Max Remy Superspy 2: Spyforce Revealed
Max Remy Superspy 1: In Search Of The Time And Space Machine


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