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  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892548
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $21.00

Grimsdon




Bestselling author Deborah Abela brings us a heroine to love in this thrilling adventure filled with flying machines, sword fights and sea monsters.

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?

  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892548
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $21.00

About the author

Deborah Abela

After training as a teacher, Deb travelled to Africa where she was harassed by monkeys, caught in a desert sandstorm and thrown in jail . . . twice! She’s worked as a child wrangler and a rides operator at Luna Park, but her first real job was as writer/producer of a national children’s TV show at Network TEN. She has since become an internationally published and awarded author of 28 books including her cranky climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. Her family’s survival in WW2 and migration to Australia inspired Teresa A New Australian. TheStupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery were inspired by her fantabulous Grade 4 teacher, Ms Gray. She’s also written picture books: Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and the 2021 CBCA Notable, Bear in Space. The Book of Wondrous Possibilities is her love letter to books, booksellers, librarians and readers. Deb’s won awards for her work but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. She’s a proud ambassador for the charities, Room to Read and Books in Homes. www.deborahabela.com

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Praise for Grimsdon

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.

Magpies

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

Awards & recognition

Aurealis Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Best Children's Fiction

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Upper Primary

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