The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

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A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy's, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
Publisher: London :, Titan Books,, 2017, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781785655951
Branch Call Number: YA Newma 3565
Characteristics: 472 pages

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Jan 31, 2019

A good book for grown Harry Potter fans who want a little more Slytherin than Gryffindor in their books. A crumbling, gothic boarding school, sadistic heads who deal out humiliating punishments instead of taking points, and the magic is not all that magical. The "unusual" students are more akin to mutants than wizards, and they are in the distinct minority. The mysterious headmistress collects these girls with the hopes of using their talents to further the future of Great Britian, but this status does not translate into popularity or preferred treatment. Amy, our protagonist, has arrived as a third year student whose mother has made her ashamed of her power and thinks the school is going to help her get rid of them. The opposite is true, Amy develops her abilities and uses them to solve a mystery that threatens the school and the world.

The story is entertaining with a well developed world, the narrative of the "unusual" is closer to that of the X-men than the wizarding world. They are lauded on one hand as heroes, but still feared and any misstep is used as proof that they are evil. The complaints that I've seen about the language being dense can be understood, but it is period appropriate, calling to mind PG Wodehouse and the like. If you don't get hung up on slang or language, the flows well and is easy to follow. There are a lot of names, as this is a school, but no worse than Harry Potter and most of them can be ignored as they are not main players. Amy and her friends are likeable characters who you want to know about, making the book move quickly and the story compelling.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed Potter or the Miss Peregrine books.

CRRL_MaryB Aug 31, 2016

Girls at an unusual boarding school in Britain have to draw on their unique talents to overthrow a peculiar ant-inspired cult. It's like a mashup of the X-men with Nancy Drew.

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