The Children of Green Knowe (Green Knowe #1)
L. M. Boston's thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century. Now the children of Green Knoweboth alive and ghostlyare back in appealing new editions.
The spooky original illustrations have been retained, but dramatic new cover art by Brett Helquist (i
It is a beautifully told story about a little boy who's sent to live with his grandmother in a very rural England. He moves into a vast old house, complete with whimsical topiary, an empty stable, a river, and - ghosts. It's obvious that that's what Tolly's strange new playmates are, at least to us, but they seem as alive as anyone else in the story, which moves seamlessly from present to past to present again, using the medium of the grandmothe...more
First off, there’s basically no plot. And the (plotless) pacing is… sluggish.
Tolly puts bu...more
Tolly is a young boy whose mom is dead and his father and stepmother live in Burma. He has been at boarding school where they have been very kind to him but he really longs to belong somewhere with his own family. Then suddenly he does! His great-grandmother OldKnow sends for him to come to live with her at the family home Green...more
My friend Cathy and I hoarded books, checking them out again and again ("Half-Magic" and "Jane-Emily" in particular, I remember). We read greek mythology endlessly. We always wanted to write "our own myths" - as an adult, th...more
The Children of Greene Knowe opens as Tolly makes his first trip to stay there with his great grandmother, whom he has never met. He is in initially nervous, but soon comes to love the place and me...more
This is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. I am surprised it made the list of top 100. It had a lot of potential-the plot and characters both seemed interesting, but the book is BORING. Through 90 percent of the book, we read how Tolly, the little boy, explores the house and grounds (with mundane activity), listens to birds, and plays flutes. The actions are very mundane-look at the book cover; that's pretty much the whole book. Finally, toward the end,...more
Here's my long review: http://mary-j-59.livejournal.com/2119...
Continuing my "read books that were old when I read them as a kid and are now really old" kick. I remember reading this as a kid and being terrified of some of the scary bits, like the owl and the parts with Green Noah. As an adult those aren't as scary, and the overall atmosphere of the book is magical and a little haunting.
One of the things I really appreciate about the way this is written is how everyone accepts the strange happenings at Green Kn...more
Tolly's father has recently remarried and Tolly doesn't want to spend his holidays with his new step-mother, so instead he visits his deceased mother's grandmother and begins explorin...more
Regular readers of my reviews will see a pattern emerging, in that I have a penchant for time travel and the supernatural - but what Lucy Boston cleverly does in this, an...more
This story for young pe...more
Originally published in 1955, this...more
Tolly has spent his whole life surrounded by uncaring people until he goes to live with his great-grandmother in an ancient house called Green Knowe. Gradually, as he explores and she tells him stories of the children who lived there in centuries past, he discovers that time does not behave within the house as it does in the world outside, and that sometimes, some of those children are...more
Here's a link to the list of GK books
The Chimneys is now called The Treasure of GK
It is simultaneously a gentle and a frightening story.
The little boy, Tolly is essentially in a dream world; what IS real after all?
There are ghost children; most of the time sweet and comforting, but at other times, chilling(even to adults) as when they nonchalantly reveal the circumstances of their deaths from the plague.
His great grand mother is very solicitous most of the time but...more
It is a ghost story but such a delightful one. There is one truly scary point, but it all ends happily.
(I'll probably put it in Scary in our library since I try to be sensitive about ghosts and zombies and the like.)
AR level: 5.3
Grade appropriate: 4th and up
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Boston was a British author noted for her longevity; she did not have her first book published until she was over 60. She is best known for her Green Knowe books, inspired by her home The Manor in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain. B
Boston was educated at a Susse...more