This book was my journey back in time. When I was a bookish girl I loved spooky stories in any form – the scarier, the better. I tried to sneak out ghost stories from the adult part of the library (succeeding only once), because I thought they would be more terrifying.
As an adult I love reading children’s books. It’s not an easy job to write ghost stories for young readers, but Cornelia Funke does it effortlessly. Ghost Knight is a story of a boy called Jon Whitcroft. The timing of the whole ghost adventure couldn’t be worse. It all happens when Jon is sent to a boarding school in Salisbury where ghosts mind their own business, as they do everywhere else, but his arrival triggers an unexpected turn of events.
Running away from ghosts along with Jon and his new friend Ella, the reader can see how the past can unexpectedly barge in to the present. Can they solve murder cases that happened a long time ago, find a lost heart and avoid being expelled from school? Unusual friendships are tested and new ones are formed. It’s difficult to know who can be trusted – there are traitors and murderers around.
Jon faces danger, learns how to be a knight and grows up. Funke’s descriptions are superb – the Salisbury Cathedral experience drew me right in. The characters are hilarious, terrifying and courageous – they just seem to be there as if they have always been there. They pop out the pages and make this book incredible.
Read it no matter what your age is and enjoy a well crafted ghost story that will stay with you long after you finish it.
Author: Cornelia Funke
Title: Ghost Knight
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Format: Hardback, 352 pages