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Ghost Knight

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,709 ratings  ·  329 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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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
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
-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
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
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
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
Oct 03, 2014 Fi♥4♥Love rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...

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
A very good book but kind of scary
Ms. Yingling
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
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
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.

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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
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
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
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
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Ana Luisa
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
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
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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
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
Jon has been sent to his father's old boarding school in Salisbury, to get him out of the way of his mother's impending marriage.His sisters, he notes, would have loved the idea, being fans of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Jon doesn't like the school but he really dislikes The Beard, his new step-father, and since everyone knows how much he hates being sent away, he can't really tell anyone when ghosts start threatening him. Luckily he meets Ella, strong and practical, with a grandmo ...more
Suzie Bookgirl
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke is the story of Jon Whitcroft who has been shipped off to boarding school as he is making life hell for his stepfather to be, nicknamed The Beard. Once there Jon is determined to be miserable and plot his way home again. Then one night he is accosted by some hideous ghosts who threaten his life. All of a sudden Jon has bigger worries. Then he meets Ella, a young lady who believes in him and who is ready for any kind of adventure. Together the two of them call on th ...more
Quite good, although the pacing felt strange in places. In one case, a whole episode felt too rushed, but it turned out to be a deliberate plot point.
After fighting with his mother's new boyfriend, a serious enough relationship that they might marry, Jon is sent off to a boarding school to cool down and to separate him from his potential stepdad. Unfortunately, his mother, never a student of family history, has sent him to a place where his family had a long history, and some of the local ghosts
This review published at The Children's Book and Media Review

When John Whitcroft is sent off to boarding school, he’s not expecting to have to confront ghosts that are determined to make him pay for the mistakes of his ancestors. However, no one else can see the ghosts that are threatening him except for the quirky girl, Ella. John and Ella team up to try to stop the ghosts from making John’s life miserable. They recruit the help of a ghostly knight, Sir Longspee, who can protect John, but wants
Claudia Noemi
Funke nunca me decepciona. La amo, es grandiosa. Y lo mejor de todo es que gracias a que los capítulos finales de este libro son la mar de interesantes, me hizo olvidar el sustote que me llevé ayer con el temblor :S
Si si, leer me ayudó a tranquilizarme, y qué mejor que fuera con una novela de Cornelia :D
I got this book at a Periplus book sale, and thought it'd be fun to read a children's book about ghosts and knights.

The first chapter was actually fun. It reminded me of boarding schools as in Harry Potter, and the setting really is wonderful. Old cathedrals, history, Stonehenge.. they give off a mysterious air, an adventure just waiting to happen.

And then I get halfway, and I cannot bring myself to finish. It bores me to tears. Jon gets to meet a friend Ella, they summon a ghost knight, they fi
I have mixed feelings about this book.
On one hand, the story was pretty interesting at times.

However, I had some real problems with this book. First off, the main character is very whiney for most of the book. It got extremely annoying after a while. Also he meets this girl and in two days he's practically in love with her. For crying out loud he's 11! Overall I also did not really enjoy the writing style of the book. It was very juvenile and unsophisticated and I probably should have realized
The Styling Librarian
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke – Fantasy/Horror – 4th grade and up – Finally finishing up reading the Hong Kong Battle of the Books selections for this year. Honestly, I was surprised I hadn’t read this Cornelia Funke book yet. I’m a huge fan of her novels. I could tell I was picking up quite the classic ghost story mixed into present day with a little mix of a coming of age story and family angst as well. I do so enjoy when I can enjoy a character who begins as an annoying one and develops into ...more
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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.” 3 likes
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