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The Children of Green Knowe Collection

The Children of Green Knowe Collection [Kindle Edition]

Lucy M. Boston
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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This is not an easy book, and therein lies its charm. L M Boston's classic is a sophisticated mood piece disguised as a children's ghost story. As young Toseland goes to live with his grandmother in the family's ancestral home, the reader is plunged immediately into the world of Green Knowe. Like Toseland, who actually rows up to his new home in the midst of a flood, we have a hard time finding our bearings. Toseland discovers a funny kind of grandmother awaiting him--one who speaks elliptically of the children and animals she keeps around the house: they might be memories, they might be ghosts. It's never quite clear where real life leaves off and magic begins. Toseland admires a deer: "A deer seems more magic than a horse." His grandmother is quick to respond: "Very beautiful fairy-tale magic, but a horse that thinks the same thoughts that you do is like strong magic wine, a love philtre for boys."

With this meshing of the magical and the real, Boston evokes a childlike world of wonder. She compounds the effect by combining gorgeous images and eerily evocative writing. Toseland goes out on a snowy morning: "In front of him, the world was an unbroken dazzling cloud of crystal stars, except for the moat, which looked like a strip of night that had somehow sinned and had no stars in it." The loosely plotted story is given more resonance still through liberal use of biblical imagery and Anglo-Saxon mythology. For those willing to suspend their disbelief and read carefully, the world of Green Knowe offers a wondrous escape. - -Claire Dederer


"'What if my great grandmother is a witch?' thought Tolly."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3632 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Children's Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E78HF90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special book, beautiful story 21 Oct 2012
This book is so special to me, it's hard to write a review without becoming teary eyed! I first came across this book when I was a child,- after seeing the BBC dramatisation, I wanted to own it. I actually booked this book out of the school library and never returned it !! (I did that a lot with books I couldn't bear to part with!) I read it over and over.....and was fascinated with it. It's such a beautiful story , and for some reason, I decided I would read it every christmas....and so I did! Over time, my copy had started to fall apart....I can't throw it away, but had to buy a readable copy! I am now 35 years old, and still, this book comes out every christmas! I will forever treasure this wonderful book !xx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 25 Oct 2013
By Do-do
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I have known Lucy M Boston's work for many years. Her writing is high on the list of children's authors for content, style and an ability to transport the ordinary into the extraordinary with the reader unaware of the shift. My children, now all adult, loved all her books, and I have just enjoyed rereading this collection, although I am now a pensioner. You only need the will to suspend your belief in reality. I pity anyone who does not know her works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time 18 Dec 2013
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I read this to my daughter many years ago , I saw it and thought I would read it myself again , its still one of the besr christmas stories I have ever read .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic for any agegroup 28 Jun 2008
This was a childhood favourite and its good to know that 25 years later it still retains the magic, lovely tale of young boy Tolly coming to live in a big rambling house with his grandmother and the spirits of children who lived there centuries ago; this is one of those timeless classics, good writing and lots of detail, as an adult I love the way the child and the old woman are equals in their joy over the house, grounds and history. This is the book I will give to friend's children when I think they're old enough to appreciate it. Perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story 30 Nov 2012
By julia
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My 9 year old read and enjoyed this story. We live near to Cambridge so thought she would like to read something local. She did enjoy it, but has not yet asked for any others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ke others reviewers before this, I'm rather surprised how obscure this wonderful, quirky book truly is.

The story revolves around Toseland, a young child who goes to live with Mrs. Oldknow. He goes to live in a big manor in a country estate (think the estate the Pevensies go to live on in Lewis' THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDOBE). He soon realises there's something odd about the house, and is puzzled why Mrs. Oldknow talks about the history and past inhabitents of the place like they were around only yesterday. It turns out the house is inhabited by children of the past, and he learns of an evil gypsey named Green Noah who he ultimately must confront. This final confrontation is rather scary, and Green Noah is one of literature's most memorable villains that I've encountered in a long time.

The book is a rather charming blend of supernatural meets reality, and there is something very delightfully English about the whole affair. The author's Catholocisim is rather apparent n the book, and she fits a lot of different allusions to literature, music, and history.

For those looking for good Children's fiction, this is a powerful story. It's too bad it's not well known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 5 July 2014
By goose
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By Jules
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Classic childrens fiction - I loved the Green Knowe books when I was a child and now my children are reading them too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old one but good
Timeless book from childhood, but still as good as I renumber it. Will buy the rest when they come out on kindle
Published 1 month ago by doreen irons
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't impressed.
I was disappointed with this book and tempted to quit reading on many occasions throughout.
I persevered but did not feel rewarded and felt my sense of "suspended... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Childhood
Lovely, lovely to receive this book. I had the collection as a child and wanted to rediscover the stories as my mum got rid when I left home without telling me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne from Norfolk
5.0 out of 5 stars granchildren loved it
short book , so it kept them interested . so now I read this book.good for old persons like me who have to finish books in a short time incase they pop their clogs before... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. E. Mintern
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book ........
Had this as a child and brought for my 8 year old , she loved it , and now lol, my 13 year old son is amazed by it ....
Published 4 months ago by Carly Cowell
1.0 out of 5 stars So disapointed
I love these stories & was so excited that at last some of Lucy Boston's Books are on the Kindle. Was so disappointed that it has Books One & Three WHY miss a book :( I have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Ebook Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of Green Knowe
Lovely book for children - interestingly based on a house which exists and can be visited - we enjoyed the TV series, unfortunately not available now.
Published 6 months ago by Threadle
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a collection
The Green Knowe series is six books this only contains books 1&3 The Children of Green Knowe and The River at Green Knowe ,completely missing number 2 The Chimneys of Green Knowe... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Billy Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I read these books years ago and rereading them brought back wonderful memories. The stories are magical and charming, revolving around a (real) very old house. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cornish Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book look forward to reading again.
Lost the book and wanted to read it to my small class and I'll know they'll enjoy it as much as my own children did.
Published 8 months ago by Angela Rowe
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