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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe Paperback – 6 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Penelope Lively Penelope Lively was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1933 and brought up there. She came to England in 1945, went to school in Sussex, and read Modern History at St Ann's College, Oxford. Her many books written for children include Astercote (1970), The Whispering Knights (1971), The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973), which won the Carnegie Medal, and A Stitch in Time (1976), which won the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Two of her novels written for adults have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and she won it in 1987 with Moon Tiger. More recent novels include The Photograph (2003) and Making it Up (2005). She has also written two volumes of autobiography and many short stories. Penelope Lively contributes regularly to a number of national daily newspapers and literary and educational journals. She has written radio and television scripts and was presenter for a BBC Radio 4 programme on children's literature. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a member of PEN and a former Chairman of The Society of Authors. She was awarded an OBE in 1989 and a CBE in 2001.
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After moving into an old house, James discovers that he is sharing a room with a literate poltergeist,Thomas Kempe, who resorts to banging doors and hiding glasses for attention. Of course, it is James who gets blamed and whose allowance has to pay for damages. Things take a turn for the worse for James when Kempe, a sorcerer, leaves notes all over the place offering his magicks and accusing people of witchery. Can he successfully exorcise Thomas so that he can finally eat dessert and not have to be sent to his room all the time?
Penelope Lively takes us to a time in our lives when the world was bright and wide; when every nook, cranny and hole can yield buried treasure and unfettered possibilities. Through James we remember climbing trees, running through grass, cartwheeling, and of course, telling ghost stories among friends. We also remember times when we couldn't ask adults for help because they wouldn't believe us and sadly, neither did our bestfriends.
This is the perfect reading material for children who will certainly know what it's like to be James and for adults who want to be like James again - at least for a short time.
Set in Oxfordshire. It's the story of the Harrisons and their 10 year old son James, who move into to a draughty old cottage where creaks and strange bumps in the night become the norm.
Ten year old James is about to discover they have an unwelcome guest...Thomas kempe a seventeeth century sorcerer who has materialized in East End Cottage in the form of a meddlesome and malicious poltergiest.
Intent on making James his new apprentice Thomas Kempe becomes more and more mischievious to the point where drastic measures must be taken!
Funny and nicely written I love the way this book brings back memories of childhood, long summer days and apple orhards. A real gem of a book!
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