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Henry Grim has never been in trouble for borrowing a priceless sword. He has never discovered a forbidden room in a sinister castle or received a death threat over breakfast.
All Henry knows is life as an orphaned servant boy at the Midsummer School, bullied by the privileged sons of aristocracy–until he becomes the first commoner accepted at the prestigious Knightley Academy, where he will train as a modern-day knight alongside the brightest and most arrogant fourteen-year-olds in the country.
It soon becomes apparent that Henry and his two roommates, also from decidedly un-Knightley backgrounds, are not welcome at the Academy, and that someone will go to great lengths to sabotage their chances at becoming knights. But Henry discovers that much more is at stake than his future at Knightley—a war is brewing, and only he can sound the alarm. But is anyone going to believe a former servant on the brink of expulsion?
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Praise for Knightley Academy►
“Lively and entertaining…a welcome change of pace from fictional academies that revolve around magic.” -Publishers Weekly
“In the style of J. M. Barrie or Lemony Snicket, the story progresses with the same kind of school-story mystery that worked so well in the “Harry Potter” novels.” –School Library Journal
“Henry and his outcast friends are an appealing group with great chemistry, and it’s easy to enjoy their fast-paced adventures as they navigate classes and thwart bullies.” -Booklist
“A snappy pace and an intriguing glimpse into the way knighthood would fit into everyday culture are both appealing elements in this first book of a series.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“For those longing for a new Harry Potter, Henry Grim may be just the thing. Grim’s story…has all the excitement of Rowling minus the magic.” –Children’s Literature
“Violet Haberdasher has a way of capturing the wonder and joy of learning something new that really grabs readers…fans should be eager to gobble up the next book.” Kidsreads.com
“Readers will not want to put this book down until the exciting conclusion as they ride alongside of this brilliant, talented, Knight-to-be” –Peter Glassman, Books of Wonder
“Steampunky, subversive and enthralling!” -Tamora Pierce
“A fabulously enjoyable tale, brimming with humor, suspense, and swordplay. I found myself wishing I could attend Knightley Academy!” -Kaza Kingsley, author of the Erec Rex series
“Terrific fun! Knights-in-training, a looming war and white-knuckle subterfuge made for a great read. Can’t wait for the next one!” -Dean Lorey, author of the Nightmare Academy series