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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409127818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409127819
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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A gripping, ghostly read. (tBk MAGAZINE)

There's something curiously old-fashioned about this adventure, despite its contemporary setting, but its all of the more appealing because of it... There's betrayal and revenge, friendship and forgiveness and it all romps along at a cracking pace. (Sally Morris Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Thrilling ghost story from the international bestselling author of RECKLESS and INKHEART, Cornelia Funke. Unabridged edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cornelia Funke is one of my favourite international children's authors...EVER! I have yet to read a book by this author that I haven't loved and Ghost Knight will sat happily on my book shelf next to the author's other books which I have loved.
This book is an excellent ghost story written for the 9 to 12 age bracket, set in the stunning surroundings of Salisbury; inspired after a visit to Salisbury Cathedral on a book tour. Considering that Cornelia does not live in England, her writing portrays the characters and the setting in such a way that you would think she had lived here for years. I am amazed by her talent as she seems to be the first international author to truly be able to recreate life in England within her stories.
The book is extremely well written, completely engaging and I was totally absorbed from beginning to end. It reminded me of the classic ghost stories I read as a child, such as The Children of Green Knowe and Moondial.
The main character Jon, is sent to boarding school and you instantly think of Harry Potter. Yet this boarding school is a little more realistic in appearance, yet it is filled with some rather gruesome ghosts rather than magic. The ghosts within the story are pretty scary, so I wouldn't recommend for the younger children, but definitely an ideal book for the 11 to 12 year olds as long as they don't frighten to easily. Jon's friend, Ella was based on a real person who is really sassy and stands no nonsense from anyone. She was definitely my favourite character within the story.
The author brings to life historical figures and I loved the way the plot centred around them, offering a little bit of history disguised in a thrilling tale. It made me desperate to explore Salisbury, especially Stonehenge and the Cathedral.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Dec 2012
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When Jon Whitcroft was sent away to boarding school he knew exactly who to blame: the Beard, his mother's new boyfriend. If it wasn't for him, Jon's mother would never have thought of sending him away to Salisbury, even if it was Jon's father's old school.

But it doesn't take Jon long to realise that the Beard and school are the least of his worries. Not when there's a sinister gang of ghosts out to get him! If only there was another ghost, a good one, that he could call on for help...

I loved ghost stories when I was younger, I knew loads and had a great time scaring all my friends with them. As such I found Stourton and his gang a bit dull. Oh, they had a good entrance, but I don't think I would have found reading about them all that scary, even at ten. For me they were a bit too stupid to be truly menacing. Longspee was interesting though, and Aleister was convincingly snotty.

Jon was an all right main character, though a bit whiny at times, while Ella was great. There's also a nice feeling of age and history, with real places (Salisbury cathedral, the school, Stonehenge) and real people (Longspee, Stourton, Ela). I did think the peril ended surprisingly early, though, leaving just the quest to trickle out towards the fairly ordinary ending. Because of that it was a little difficult to maintain my interest all the way through, though the pictures should help keep the attention of slower readers.

Written in a nice, easy style - which confident readers might find too easy at times - history and ghost fans should enjoy this. It's quite charming, but I felt it lacked the originality and imagination that Funke usually creates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov 2012
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Cornelia Funke is one of my favourite children's authors. INKHEART, especially, is one of my favourite series. GHOST KNIGHT is a very successful ghost story, one which I think would appeal to both boys and girls. It follows the story of Jon Whitcroft, an eleven year old boy who is beginning his time at a new boarding school in Salisbury. Not long after he arrives there, he sees a group of ghosts; ghosts who seem to be after him. With his new friend, Ella, Jon discovers that he is going to have to call on another ghost to see if he will help him.

That is a very brief synopsis of the plot. There are a few twists and turns along the way and the beautiful line drawings help to bring the story to life. The plot will also appeal to both boys and girls - for the boys, there is betrayal, fighting and knights fulfilling oaths; for the girls, there is the savy Ella, friendship and a little romance. And, of course, most kids like a good ghost story.

GHOST KNIGHT is a very charming tale. The setting is just perfect, showing how history is still relevant today. As the reviewer before me said, this tale has certainly made me want to go and explore the cathedral for myself.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Millar VINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ghost Knight is a great read for 9 to 12 year olds, especially those who love spooky goings on! There is a slightly odd juxtaposition between the depiction of ghosts as highly malevolent and determined to cause harm, and the fact that the book feels as though it's aimed at a younger market, having a fairly large font and charming line drawings. Like another reviewer, I think it might have worked better as a darker novel aimed at older readers, however, it's a good enough read to be enjoyed as it is.
The depictions of English history are engrossing, as is the description of Salisbury and the cathedral. Definitely worth reading.
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