Note: The following review was written by an 11-year-old reader who has been exploring books related, by any stretch of the imagination, to "Harry Potter."
Thirteen-year-old David Eliot has just been expelled from school when a prospectus comes from Groosham Grange. The school is everything David's father could want with strict discipline and only one day of vacation a year. Little does David's father know that Groosham Grange is no ordinary school, but a famed school of witchcraft.
Set in Europe, "Groosham Grange" by Anthony Horowitz has a strong set of characters. This is a very funny book although it is tense in some places. I would recommend it for kids ages 7-13. Older kids will figure out the conclusion before they come to it, while younger kids may find some parts disturbing.
Boys can relate more to this story than girls, but all will enjoy it. Groosham Grange is written on a higher reading level so younger kids may need some help.
Groosham Grange is a very good book. It will leave you wondering if maybe vampires and other dark magic are real; if maybe you, too, could some day attend Groosham Grange.