Grim Gruesome is an exciting new historical fiction series for boys and girls.
“...lively historical adventure...fast-paced and exciting, rattling along through a series of short, action-packed chapters. This would make it an ideal choice for confident readers in KS2... Boys in particular should respond well to the blend of chases and sword-fights, riddles and insults, magic, surprise and suspense.” - www.justimaginestorycentre.co.uk
Q? Which ages and reading abilities are the books aimed at?
A. The books are enjoyed by girls and boys aged 7 - 12.
They are ideal for all reading abilities. Less confident readers appreciate the short chapters, well spaced out text and accessible sentence structures. Readers of all abilities are quickly drawn into the fast moving stories and relish the rich descriptions, twisting and turning plots, and colourful characters.
Q? Do you have to read the books in a particular order?
The Grim Gruesome books are an ongoing series, but each volume also works perfectly as a ‘stand alone’ novel.
Each story is set in a dramatically different part of the Viking North Lands, with different characters - only Grim Gruesome himself appears in every story - each time in a different disguise! However, children who read the books in the correct order will have the fun of seeing the villain becoming more and more gruesome as the series develops.
Q? Are the stories historically accurate?
Although Grim Gruesome himself is pure invention and somewhat larger than life, all the background descriptions in the books have been diligently researched through many sources and made as historically accurate as possible.
The supposedly supernatural elements in the stories exist only in the characters’ minds. For example, in The Queen’s Poison, the children have heard rumours (widely recorded as being current in Viking times) that ‘berserk’ warriors can shape-shift. So when Grim Gruesome appears as a berserk, it is natural for them to believe that he really does have shape-shifting powers, and they interpret subsequent events from this perspective.
The Grim Gruesome stories are ideal for book groups:
Do also take a look at the ‘TEACHING’ downloads and links below. They’re crammed with more ideas and lots of useful background information. Great inspiration for using the Grim Gruesome stories creatively with your book group!
“...the tales rattle along with great energy and fun. … These books will be well loved by many children” - School Librarian
“very accessible” - Books for Keeps
“contains a wide range of language usage that helps develop a story with depth and interest...should be in all school libraries” - TES Connect
“the sort of tale you can’t stop reading” - Primary Times
Click on these two links for some excellent classroom teaching English with Grim Gruesome, designed for teachers by literacy experts:
www.theliteracyclub.com (also includes Rosalind Kerven author interview about the Grim Gruesome books)
THE VIKINGS - AN IMPORTANT PART OF PRIMARY SCHOOL HISTORY
Do you need more information about life in the Viking Age?
Are you looking for some great ideas for teaching about the Vikings?
Would you like to put children’s enjoyment of Grim Gruesome to good use?
THE GRIM GRUESOME BOOKS WILL ENHANCE YOUR LESSONS
AND BRING HISTORY VIVIDLY ALIVE!
The easy-to-use downloads below link with each of the books.
They’re crammed with carefully researched information,
links and ideas to help your class produce excellent project work on the Vikings.
“The characters are painted in strong, bold strokes, through sharp, punchy dialogue and vivid description... brings to life the world of 10th century... full of bustle and noise, striking sights and strong smells, with description that is rich in details, yet never slows the pace of the narrative...a great companion to a class study of the Vikings, offering information about daily life, food, housing, and the place of men and women, children and slaves... a fun, page-turning read in a series that may be as impossible to stop as the Viking Villain himself!” - www.justimaginestorycentre.co.uk
For these, and lots more information and teaching ideas featuring houses, ships, runes etc.
For these, and lots more information and teaching ideas featuring place-names, runes, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons etc.
For these, and lots more information and teaching ideas featuring Viking houses, runes, place names etc.
Click here to download an easy to use leaflet on VIKING SCOTLAND TEACHING IDEAS with Trolls’ Treasure
For these, and lots more Volcanoes and Viking teaching ideas covering geography, science and English as well as history
The Grim Gruesome Stories contain authentic Viking proverbs!
Look out for them scattered throughout the stories, prefaced by a phrase such as “Remember what Odin All-Father said”
These are taken from Hávamál, (Sayings of the High One) a mystical poem believed to date from the 8th - 10th Centuries, and supposedly recording the words of Odin, the Viking god of magic, wisdom, poetry and warfare.