Grimsdon is in ruins. Three years ago a massive wave broke its barriers and the sea flooded this grand city. The lost, the poor and the orphaned were left behind, surviving on what they could scavenge and steal.
Isabella Charm and her best friend Griffin are among the children hiding in the ruins. With the help of Griffin’s brilliant inventions and Isabella’s survival skills, they are happy in their little world, looking after a group of younger children and living in the top of an opulent mansion.
But what will happen when a thrill-seeking newcomer arrives? When bounty hunters attempt to capture them? When Byron P. Sneddon, the self-appointed protector of the flooded harbour, demands obedience?
What if the danger is something they can’t see coming – something below the floodwaters?
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
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
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 +
is an enjoyable and gripping adventure and I recommend it for readers 9 and
up." - Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words
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