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Ghost Knight

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,962 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the sec
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
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Oct 28, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our hero and first person narrator is a ten year old boy whose mom has a new boyfriend, and who is being dumped in a boarding school for the first time. Once there, he is plagued by ghosts, and he meets a girl who believes in ghosts and helps him solve his problems.

The Ghost Knight, proudly proclaiming to be an English ghost story, was written by German children's author Cornelia Funke - but you'd not be able to tell that the author is not British from the book alone. I never know whether she ha
Jan 27, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and cute little story.

I am so glad I got my hands on this one, Cornelia Funke has really done it again.


Jon is an eleven year old boy who is being sent away to boarding school for the first time, and he feels like it's a way for his mom to get him out of her hair. She has started dating a man who Jon calls "The Beard," a man that Jon loathes.

Once Jon arrives at the boarding school he becomes plagued by a pack of ghosts who seem bent on killing him. The thing is, no one
Jul 12, 2011 Tintentraeume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Er sah so wunderbar aus. Genau wie die Ritter, von denen ich geträumt hatte, wenn ich in unserem Garten auf die Brombeerranken eingeschlagen und mir dabei vorgestellt hatte, gegen Drachen und Riesen zu kämpfen, mit einem Schwert, das unbesiegbar machte und einer Rüstung, die vor allem schützte, was einem mit sechs Jahren Angst macht - ältere Kinder, bissige Nachbarhunde, ein Gewitter in der Nacht oder die Frage meiner kleinen Schwester, wann mein Vater endlich zurückkommen würde. Ich brachte ein ...more
Montse Reyor Black
Aunque amo otras cosas de Cornelia Funke, no fui totalmente feliz con este libro. El inicio es muy bueno y adictivo, ya que habla de fantasmas que quieren asesinar a un niño de 11 años. Pero de pronto la trama cae, se empiezan a introducir nuevas cosas, y termina armándose un embrollo no tan atractivo. La mitad del libro se me hizo algo lenta y me costaba terminar los mini capítulos, pero el final por suerte retoma la velocidad y agilidad del inicio, lo que hace que esta novela levante su puntua ...more
-Agradable y cálido pre-Young Adult.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Jon Whitcroft recuerda cuando tenía once años y fue enviado a un internado en Salisbury, donde compartirá habitación con otros dos muchachos. Durante su sexta noche allí, ve por su ventana tres fantasmas. La noche siguiente los volverá a ver junto a su líder, un escalofriante caballero que se dirige a Jon mediante el apellido de soltera de su madre. El escándalo que el niño genera por la aterradora visión llama
Aug 19, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What begins as a boarding school story soon delves into a story about a ghost bent on revenge. Jon really doesn't like his mother's new boyfriend, so when he is sent off to boarding school it is "The Beard" that is to blame. Shortly after arriving Jon encounters four ghosts who in no uncertain terms let him know that they are out to kill him. Lucky for Jon, his new friend Ella's grandmother is a local expert on ghosts. Jon and Ella begin to unravel the mystery as to why these ghosts want to see ...more
LH Johnson
Please note that this review refers to the Orion edition (October 2012 - 978 1 4440 0823). You can see a picture of this edition here and I very much recommend you do take a look - the front cover is just gorgeous and the overall look is probably one of the loveliest packages I've seen for a while.

And now, down to the review!

Cornelia Funke is one of those names that needs very little introduction. She's an international standard bearer for children's literature and fantastical adventure in part
Sarah Horgan
Jan 11, 2013 Sarah Horgan rated it really liked it
I am probably a bit biased when it comes to books by Cornelia Funke because she is one of my Favourite Authors. I am 16 years old so the way I see this book would be a bit different than the way it was meant to be perceived by the demographic.

I really did enjoy this book. I found the writing lovely, not living up to the standard of the Inkheart Trilogy's writing, but still lovely. Reading from Jon's perspective was great. He made funny comments and had a brave personality.

The Illustrations were
Aline Ramos
Jan 06, 2016 Aline Ramos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorei, um infanto juvenil bem divertido e rápido de ler.
☪♥Magic Love Wonderland☯♥Love☮
Jun 05, 2016 ☪♥Magic Love Wonderland☯♥Love☮ rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Supernatural Fans & Readers
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (best-selling author of "Inkheart")

Read it if you dare...

It's a children's ghost story about a 11 year old boy named, Jon Whitecroft, and his best friend Ella Littlejohn, both who go to boarding school in Salisbury and meets terrifying and 'friendly' ghosts... (and one of them is the Ghost Knight)

One ghost wants Jon dead..
One ghost wants to help Jon to stay alive...

Jul 12, 2015 Elise rated it liked it
Maybe 2.5. I really expected to like this more, because I've really enjoyed Funke's other works. This one was not very engaging and the story lines felt a bit willy nilly at times. I think the main thing that made me disappointed was the main character. He was an obnoxious 11-year-old. I mean, I'm sure many (most?) 11-year-olds are obnoxious, but really his voice was just tiresome. Violet read this book too, and while she liked it, it was way above her level in terms of appropriate content for a ...more
May 23, 2013 Kaymcwilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2013
A very good book but kind of scary
Apr 07, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
It's basically the end of the world for Jon Whitcroft. First his mom starts dating a guy he hates, and now he is being shipped off to some private school he knows he's going to hate. Clearly, it just can't get any worse for him. That is, until a group of ghostly horsemen that only he can see start threatening his life.

While it may appear that Jon is the main character by that description, which I suppose technically he is, it is his friend Ella who is the real star of the book. She's strong-wil
Ms. Yingling
Mar 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Jon doesn't want to go to boarding school-- he blames The Beard, his mother's boyfriend, for making him go. When he gets there, he finds out that the ghost of Stourton, who has spent generations hunting down members of Jon's family-- and now he and his ghost henchmen are coming after Jon. Luckily, Ella, a girl in his school, takes his haunting seriously, since her grandmother gives ghost tours, and the two seek the help of a dead knight, William Longspee, who is buried in Salisbury Cathedral. Th ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has restored my faith in Cornelia Funke as a writer of future classics! Ghost Knight is a delicious ghost mystery that is set in and around Salisbury Cathedral using a lot of local history and with two appealing protagonists who work brilliantly together.

I have to admit to a bias for books set in real places that use real historical characters and events. I put it down to a childhood spent reading Rosemary Manning, Alan Garner and L.M. Boston. There is nothing more exciting than readi
May 17, 2012 Dorian rated it liked it
When I was younger I really liked to read fantasy books set in a medieval era. This book was an interesting blend of fantasy and contemporary that was actually pretty well done.

Reasons to Read:


Jon is one of those boys that is very misunderstood. He gets into trouble a lot for various reasons, and adults seem to instantaneously hate him. I liked that he was the narrator of the novel because then we got to see into what he was thinking, and why he did the things he does. I liked that he was
Mar 07, 2013 Inga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon Whitcroft ist elf Jahre alt und wird von seiner Mutter auf ein Internat in Salisbury geschickt. Sein Vater ist tot und mit dem neuen Freund der Mutter, einem Zahnarzt mit Vollbart, verträgt sich Jon überhaupt nicht. Sein Vater war bereits Schüler des Internats, dennoch fühlt Job sich abgeschoben. Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich aber schon bald, so dass Job gar keine Gelegenheit für Heimweh oder Trotz bleibt. Er wird von einem Geisterritter verfolgt, der es mit seinen Gefolgsleuten auf ihn a ...more
Naomi Schmidt
May 30, 2012 Naomi Schmidt rated it liked it
Well, I finished the entire book in one day, so I must have liked it. But it is short, and the whole way through I just felt like I was trying to get to the end to get it over with. I love Cornelia Funke, and there was no way I was going to give up on a book by her before I got to the end.

I think part of my disappointment was in finding that the book, despite the lovely, medieval-looking picture on the cover, takes place in the present day. I was hoping for something similar to Igraine the Brave
Jul 07, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have waited some time for Cornelia's new novel, Ghost Knight. This follows young Jon Whitcroft as he sent off to boarding school. He has an extreme dislike for his mother's soon-to-be husband Matthew, or more commonly known as, The Beard. Not long after he arrives to his new school does he start to see several ghosts, and his later main enemy, Stourton. He also meets his heroin friend Ella Littlejohn, and her quirky, high-spirited grandmother (as well as her many toads), Zelda. These ghosts be ...more
Hace mucho tiempo, más de dos años, que compré esta novela y la he ido aplazando y aplazando hasta ahora, que pensé, ¿por qué no?

Me ha gustado, sobre todo al venir con ilustraciones. Creo que es uno de sus puntos fuertes ya que combinan muy bien con la historia, ayudan mucho con la ambientación y tienen un tono oscuro y macabro que le van genial con la temática.

Eso sí, tened en cuenta que es un middle grade, el protagonista es un niño y por consiguiente no esperéis otra cosa. La historia es "sen
Mar 02, 2016 Andrea rated it did not like it
The main character proclaims he likes to swear. So far he has said "damn" as his favorite word several times. I was reading this to see if my kids should read it. I think not. Plus it's a little creepy.
Jun 14, 2015 Nihan rated it really liked it
Mürekkep Yürek sevdiğim fantastik hikâyelerden ve yazarın bu kitabi da çok hoşuma gitti. Hayalet Şövalye sade ve eğlenceli bir hikaye olmuş.
Ana Luisa
May 14, 2014 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un cuento corto que cumplió con lo que prometió, no más.

Es un relato muy interesante, de "chiquillos", pero eso lo hace encantador y muy divertido. La historia es completa porque cuando piensas que ya acabará conecta con un giro en la trama y no le quitas el ojo hasta que lo acabas.
Es muy corto y, por lo tanto, lo puedes terminar en un día. Es mi primer contacto con la autora pero me agradó mucho su estilo de escribir y, probablemente, lea Corazón de Tinta cuando tenga la oportunidad.
Es un rela
KidsFiction Teton County Library
Dec 01, 2015 KidsFiction Teton County Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
TCL CALL #: J FUNKE C (Overdrive)

Chris’ Rating: 3.75
Jon Whitcroft doesn’t like the man dating his mother (The Beard) and is consequently sent off to boarding school. At his new school he runs into a vengeful ghost determined to kill the descendants of Jon’s mother’s line. With stories floating around about actual deaths of young boys in the area, Jon is prompted by Ella, a friend, to seek out the help of William Longspee, a knight whose ghost is said to reside in a local chapel, and who is willi
Jon has been banished to boarding school in Salisbury after his mother starts dating "The Beard". Jon isn't happy with The Beard situation or boarding school. It doesn't help that on his first night he sees four ghosts out his bedroom window and the next day the ghosts chase him across the campus. Turns out the ghosts are Lord Stourton and his goons who were hanged for killing Jon's ancestors centuries ago. Stourton has been killing Jon's family through the years and now he is after Jon. Jon enl ...more
Dover Public Library Readers Advisory
Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft can’t stand his mother’s boyfriend, whom he dubs “The Beard”. He has made his displeasure regarding The Beard known through tricks, pranks, and a general bad attitude. Jon’s mother has finally had enough of his terrible behavior and has sends him off to a boarding school. Jon is already convinced he will hate it there.

Boarding school, however, is not as Jon imagines it would be. For one thing, he makes a few friends, including a smart and very pretty girl named Ella
Another book by Cornelia Funke I finished this week.

Ghost Knight told us story about Jon who's despised his mother's boyfriend and tried to get rid of him but instead in the end his mother sent him to a boarding school. Which he didn't enjoy at all in the first place. But everything changed since he encountered a group of ghosts taunting him and wanted him to death. Our little Jon got so freaked out and that was how he met Ella, a pretty popular girl in the school, who interested in ghost and ad
Feb 19, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did that I'm really rather heartbroken. Jon, dealing with a lot of angst and resentment over his mother's newly-serious relationship, gets packed off to boarding school. Once he gets there he discovers that the challenge of meeting new friends is not nearly as pressing as the challenge to stay out of the clutches of a trio of vengeful marauding spirits that seem to have a personal grudge with him. Because this is Cornelia Funke, after all, the world ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
I found this gem of a book at the Dollar Store. What a treasure! Cornelia Funke is well-known to be a great storyteller and her stories often have supernatural elements. This is one of those stories.

Jon Whitcomb feels like he has been banished to a boarding school in Salisbury when his mother gets a new boyfriend that he doesn't like. He's determined not to like school even though his 2 roommates are great. But soon he is haunted by evil ghosts with demon dogs who threaten to kill him because he
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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“when the shadows of your life haunt you, and you bitterly miss the ones you once loved, then only sleep can grant oblivion” 5 likes
“He looked so glorious. Just like the knights I had dreamed about when I was six years old, whacking at brambles iin our garden, imagining I was fighting dragons and giants with a sword that made me invincible and wearing armor that protected me from all the things that frightened me - older kids, dogs, a storm in the knight, or my little sister's questions about when our father would be coming back.” 4 likes
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