The Grimmelings by Rachael King ISBN:9781991006646

Grimmelings by Rachael King

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The same evening Josh Underhill went missing, the black horse appeared on the hill above the house.

Ella knows that words are powerful.So she should have known better than to utter a wish and a curse on the same day.??

Who is Gus, the boy with the impish grin, who seems to appear in answer to her wish? And what does the black horse want?

When Ella finds that her grandmother’s warnings of creatures that dwell in the lake are more than just stories, she and her pony Magpie are drawn into a dangerous, life-saving mission.

‘Stunningly original. I loved it!’ Bren MacDibble

‘I was gripped until the very end and it left me in tears.’ Stacy Gregg

‘Eerie and beautiful.’ Elizabeth Knox

‘Exquisitely crafted and thrumming with old magic.’ Rachael Craw

‘I could not put it down.’ Zana Fraillon

Spellbinding middle-grade fantasy adventure of loyalty, courage, and being careful what you wish for . . .

About the Author: Rachael King is a writer, reviewer, former literary festival director and ex-bass player from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the author of two novels for children: Red Rocks, which won the Esther Glen Medal in 2013, and The Grimmelings, which is due for publication in 2024. Her novels for adults, The Sound of Butterflies and Magpie Hall, were together published in nine different languages. Red Rocks is currently in development for television by Libertine Pictures (Mystic) and Sky TV.

Rachael was the programme director of the WORD Christchurch Festival for eight years until the end of 2021; in her time, it was transformed into an internationally renowned event, partnering with some of the biggest festivals in the world. Her invitation to WORD in 2019 allowed exiled Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani, author of No Friend but the Mountains, to visit New Zealand, where he successfully applied for asylum after six years in Australia’s notorious Manus Island detention prison. Rachael received a Waitangi Day Honour Award from the New Zealand Society of Authors for her role in securing his freedom.

In 2023 Rachael was named Best Reviewer at the Voyager New Zealand Media Awards. She lives in ?tautahi Christchurch.

20 Feb 2024

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Paperback / softback


Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Readership Level

Children / Juvenile



Publication Date

20 Feb 2024

The Grimmelings by Rachael King ISBN 9781991006646

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