Want Books: The Gorgon in the Gully

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

It’s a Melina Marchetta novel! Of course, I want it. The Gorgon in the Gully is different from her other novels because it’s middle grade instead of YA. But the main character in it is Danny Griggs, Jonah Griggs’ little brother. Yeah, the same Jonah in the amazing Jellicoe Road. How can I say no to anything that has to do with Jonah? Unfortunately, this little bit of loveliness is only available in Australia and not the rest of the world. Lucky Aussies! Anyone coming to the Philippines from Australia any time soon? πŸ™‚

Here’s the summary from Melina Marchetta’s website:

Beyond the basketball courts and classrooms of St. Raph’s is a gully where things disappear forever. Danny Griggs has heard stories about a Gorgon that lies down there. So why does Danny volunteer to face the Gorgon when he’s been petrified of everything all his life?

You go, Danny Griggs! I haven’t even met you but I’m already rooting for you. What about the rest of you, what book is in your wishlist?

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14 thoughts on “Want Books: The Gorgon in the Gully

    • Oooh Ana, I really hope you get to read Jellicoe Road soon! That was my first introduction with Melina Marchetta’s writing and I fell in love with it. The book made me want to read more contemporary YA novels.

  1. It’s frustrating that books aren’t automatically available everywhere. I’m sure the authors would love this, but the publishers are all about making max dollars. I want to get my hands on a Canadian book but it’s only available via Amazon Canada, and waaaay too expensive. What if I don’t like it?!

    • It really IS frustrating! Our local bookstore has a special order process where you can ask them to order books that they don’t have on their database but they can’t order books from Australia. 😦 Sigh, I’ll probably wait for a friend to come home from Australia, that’s how I got my other Aussie books.

  2. I absolutely LOVE Melina Marchetta and everything she writes. It’s actually my Waiting on Wednesday pick today – a book of hers, Froi of the Exiles, the newest book in her fantasy series. It’s not out yet, but when it is, that sucker’s mine!

    • Hey, another Melina Marchetta fan! πŸ˜€ Are you on NetGalley? Because Froi was available there, not sure if it’s still there right now. You can request a galley and read it early!

      • I am on NetGalley, but I don’t really use it. I don’t have an e-reader, and though sometimes you can download PDFs, it’s just not the same. I’m not anti-e-reader, I think they have their purpose, but reading books online in most cases isn’t for me. I’d rather wait for an ARC or for the book to actually come out (even if the wait is killing me!). But thanks for letting me know!

      • No problem! I believe it’s been out it Australia for a while now so if you’re interested in ordering the Aussie edition, you can get it from fishpondworld. It may take a few weeks to arrive and will be more expensive, but you’ll get it sooner than March.

  3. I must admit, I do love Melina’s work! I’m currently reading “Froi of the Exiles” and I’m loving it! I know this Want Books? post of mine is a little late, but I still don’t have the right date down xD

    • Good to know you’re enjoying a Melina Marchetta novel right now! No worries about your Want Books post, you can put it up any day of the week. Will link to it now.

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