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Ghost Knight Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444008234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444008234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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)

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2012
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Most children are attracted to ghost stories even if it means scaring themselves. There is often an attitude of the more ghastly the better - and in `Ghost Knight' the ghosts certainly have the capacity to shock and frighten as they intimidate, threaten and attempt to cause harm to the 2 main protagonists - 11 year old schoolboy and schoolgirl, Jon Whitcroft and Ella Littlejohn. Jon is a descendent of the Hartgills murdered in the 16th century, and Ella is linked to Ela the wife of the principal ghost from the 12th/13th century! The relationship between Jon and Ella is credibly constructed and readers will readily empathise. If their ages suggest a target readership of 10-12 years I concur - but beware the ghosts are quite spine chilling and blood curdling.

In a spirit (no pun intended) of educating through entertaining the settings are real locations in Salisbury and surroundings of cathedral, school and other places, and the ghost personae are based on real historic figures. A useful `Glossary' defines key words and presents factual detail on English royalty, associated individuals, Druids etc. and on events such as Crusades, signing of Magna Carta etc. Author Cornelia Funke also includes a `Note' explaining how she got the idea for `Ghost Knight' together with an insight to her research. However one of the most appealing features is the incorporation of delightful yet sometimes disturbing black & white illustrations. These are magnificent and lift what is a probably a good 4-star story to a well deserved 5-star publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2012
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Renowned children's writer Cornelia Funke draws on her experiences of a trip to Wiltshire to bring us a classic British ghost story.

This novel runs for three hundred and thirty pages and is divided into twenty one chapters. The print is quite large and there are a lot of illustrations.

It's the tale of Jon Whitcroft, who narrates things in the first person. As he recounts events that happened to him years before. When his mother got a new boyfriend whom everyone liked but him. And his resulting antagonism lead to him being packed off to boarding school in Salisbury.

Where he finds ghosts. Who want to kill him. Because of his family history. His only ally is Ella, a smart girl of the same as him. And the ghost of a knight. Who has things to atone for.

Can all concerned find the answers and happiness that they are looking for?

Ideal reading age for this would probably be nine years and up. But it is good enough to be enjoyed by older readers also. And good it certainly is. The large print and the illustrations mean this shouldn't be too daunting a read for anyone who doesn't make a habit of it. And the prose is so clear and involving that it rapidly grabs your attention.

The writer has clearly done their research - as has the artist - as the setting is absolutely spot on. A lot of the history it deals with is real, and the story is involving enough to make you want to know more about such things. A glossary of terms at the back will help with that.

It does follow a well worn path in having characters learn life lessons and become different people by the end of the story. But they are sympathetic characters so that's a very pleasing outcome.

A great setting and characters. Excellent plotting and detail. Superb illustrations. It all adds up to an excellent read. Whether you are nine or older. A very good piece of writing and well worth a look.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Reviews on 19 Oct. 2012
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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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