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Thrilled to have a double 5-4-3-2-1 here today! One of my favourite authors, Karen McCombie, and favourite illustrators, Becka Moor, have teamed up for a new series from Stripes, kicking off with St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys. This is part of the awesome #SchoolWars blog tour which sees them face off against Barry Hutchison, author of Beaky Malone: Worst Ever School Trip. CLEARLY we are #TeamGrizzles here!

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5 songs that sum up St Grizzle’s perfectly

Okay, so I can’t think of anything specific that says ‘bonkers boarding school featuring a goat’, but if you listen to this lot, it should get you in the right (ie quirkily daft) frame of mind to read it! (Note: all below are favourite shout-along songs in the car for me and my daughter Milly.)
• Golden Retriever by Super Furry Animals: A bouncy song about a dog? How fab is that? Main character Dani Dexter could sing it to her beloved pooch Downboy, even though he’s a poo-box (ie poodle-boxer mash-up).
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