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Burly & Grum and the Secret City (A Burly and Grum Tale Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Tenbeth , Rob Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Burlington Bear, Grum the groblin and Max are best friends. Burly and Grum show Max a secret city in the the middle of the forest but hunters are tracking them down. They knock out Burly, capture Max and want to turn the Secret City into a tourist attraction. Throw in some big cats, Grum's mother and brothers, Mike the Angel, a deer and a few ducks and the day becomes very exciting!

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About the Author

I live in Essex with my son, who is studying at University, and my two cats, Puzzle and Bud. I’ve always loved writing and in January 2011 I got together with some friends and set up a writers’ group at our local library. One of our first guest speakers was a young lady called Penelope Fletcher who talked to us about self-publishing – I was so inspired I went back home, found some stories I’d written for my son when he was young and started the process of learning how to self-publish. I published 3 books in the Burly & Grum series and then in July 2012 was lucky enough to be signed up by GMTA. I’ve enjoyed every single second of my journey so far, learnt an incredible amount and I’m looking forward to the future!

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E90GQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful,Creative and Christian August 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Max is a boy whose best friends are a bear named Burly and a groblin named Grum. Don't know what a groblin is? Neither did I until I read this book!

Burly is the conscience and rational, responsible one. Grum, as the name is short for, is the grumpy one. And then there's happy-go-lucky Max, the adventurous one. The three are about to undertake an adventure that leads them all to peril...

This book is the second in a series, but I didn't read the first and still found it fully functional as a stand alone. It is imaginative, full of whit and charm, and will make any child smile and wish they could have such adventures. After all, who hasn't wished that they could stumble upon an abandoned city in the woods?

The illustrations are terrific. They add to the story, and are well done. The story is easy going and subtle in the peril, but still make the reader jump and sit on the edge of their seat. Additionally, the Christian themes make it one that is good for young children without being too preachy.

In short, I love it. Its innocence makes it ideal to be read to younger readers (it's not too long - maybe 40 pages) or a good one for beginner chapter book readers. My son is 11, and I know he'll have a good time reading it, too.

I hope the author continues this trio's adventures, and I'll be buying the first in the series while staying on the look out for more! Additionally I will be featuring the book in my blog Spirit Filled Kindle
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and Funny August 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A very good book for the young ones. I know my daughter was infatuated from the moment she saw Burly and Grum, Even taking her teddy bear and holding on tight to it through the whole book, which was a great thing for her as of late. Her attention span through chaptered books was starting to wan, I'm proud to say that she got a renewed strength The pictures helped a little too.

The story is cute and compelling of a boy, his bear and his groblin. They are always in adventure and constantly in trouble like children often are. With the bear being more of the wise old father figure that tries to keep them both on track.

The morals are amazing and something my daughter caught on to quickly. The mixture of thrills, comedy and adventure kept her enthralled and had my daughter begging for more, If anything I am glad to say that it's renewed her love of the chapter books and having mommy breathlessly reading them to her constantly a habit. I have to thank the author for giving us a wonderful story and wonderful characters to which I wish I had my own Burly or Grum to hug and have at night.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "BURLY & GRUM AND THE SECRET CITY" August 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

I just finished this book and I have to say it is simply adorable. There are fantastic morals in the story, lessons that every child should learn early on such as how it's wrong to hunt and harm animals, and how you can always count on your true friends to be there for you. The characters are cute and you can't help but to be drawn in by them. I love the fact that Kate also has elements of inspirational faith in her book such as the addition of the angel lovingly called Mike.

This book is a fantastic read and one I think children of all ages would enjoy. It has adventure, comedy, and thrills delivered in all the right amounts. My daughter is begging me to get her a Kindle so she can read it! I got a feeling she just might steal mine! The illustrations are also beautifully drawn, the artist has amazing talent. Thank you Kate for a beautiful story with characters that I could definitely see as stuffed toys! You just want to squeeze them tight!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I recently had the pleasure of reading Book 2 in her series, The Secret City, and let me tell you, I couldn't put it down. On the surface this is a children's book, but I assure you grown ups will love it too.

The main characters (a bear, a groblin, and a human boy) are wonderfully written. They all take on human characteristics and many times I forgot two of the characters weren't human. As a matter of fact, they were so dimensional, I forgot they weren't real. By the end of the book they felt like friends. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

This is a chapter book with illustrations that look as though they might leap off the page. The story itself is beautifully written and easy enough for a child at the beginning reading level to read on their own or to be read to at storytime. Either way, once this book is picked up the reader won't want to put it down until it's done. A definite 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun and games July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really pleased that there was a follow up to Beyond The Forest, and this story does not disappoint. The core characters have grown and they feel familiar and great fun. The story flows well and makes you want to keep reading. A good book to engage youngsters in the joy of reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
By rafael
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good packing got it fast I will buy again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book. :) December 26, 2014
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well I am only 10 almost 11 years old and I just finished the book today so I thought it was a good book and I consider that the captain should of been tied to the tree after they went to Mike's house but other than that it's a good book.
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Published 3 months ago by Pat Patton-Callahan
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Okay book not much on action good for little kids petty good book though i need six more words hi hi
Published 9 months ago by rumpletugger 123
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Published 10 months ago by Grace McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars nice story
My daughter and I read this for our bedtime story for about a week. We just fell in love with the characters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by vahsmom23
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I had got it for my kids to promote reading on an iPad my Aunt gave us and it was a nice free ebook.
Published 14 months ago by S. Gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars cool book
Cute story. I liked the part when Tyre got trapped in the car! By the way, what the heck is an earwig?
Published 15 months ago by MomOf2plus1
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So so so so so so so so so so boring! I quit on the first page, it was so bad.:(. Hahahahahhahaha, just kidding it was awesome
Published 19 months ago by JENIFER FLOYD. (Jellybean Girl)
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Great Product and best value for the money. I continue to be very frugal with my purchases with amazon items.
Published 21 months ago by k
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
I enjoyed the simple storyline and the cute plot. This author's books are written best for kids ages 7-10. Thanks for the fun read!
Published 22 months ago by Caleb Picconatto
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute
My kids loved this book. It's a great read for children and I recommend it. My 7 year oldies still reading it, over and over.
Published 22 months ago by Overdue
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More About the Author

Hi - I'm Kate and I live in Essex in the UK with my son and two cats, Puzzle and Bud.

I've always loved writing - I can't stop! I've met many incredible people through writing, learnt a huge amount and had opportunities I'd only ever dreamt of - visiting schools and talking to children, running writing workshops at children's bookshops and libraries - it's been wonderful and I want to continue to write and work hard and build on what I've done so far, life's too short to be sitting at home!

I've now published 3 books and 2 short stories in the children's series, The Burly & Grum Tales. I've been incredibly lucky and one of my books, 'Burly & Grum and The Secret City' is a finalist in the People's Book Awards 2013/14. You can check out what's happening to Burly & Grum on or by reading my blog at

I also have one book for young adults 'Unlucky Dip' which has had some wonderful reviews and I'm looking forward to writing more like it.

Thank you and happy reading!

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