Grimsdon 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.
Wow. 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 Harper, Goodreads
A 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 + Publisher
Grimsdon is an enjoyable and gripping adventure and I recommend it for readers 9 and up.
Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words
Deborah 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