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The Whispering Knights

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'I don't know that you have done anything wrong,' Miss Hepplewhite said. 'But it is possible that you have done something rather dangerous.'

William and Susie thought they were just playing a game when they cooked a witch's brew in the old barn and said a spell over it, but Martha was not so sure. And indeed, the three friends soon learn that they have called up something
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published April 26th 1971 by William Heinemann Ltd (first published 1971)
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Austen to Zafón
Pre-read for my son. Enjoyable ghost story for kids, written by one of my favorite authors, Penelope Lively. Might be a bit too creepy for my son just now, but I think soon he'll be ready for it. Lively based the stones in the book on the Rollright stones, some of which are called The Whispering Knights. Yet another stop to add to my fantasy itinerary of a literary tour of Britain with my son.
Lisa Frieden
Jun 03, 2014 Lisa Frieden rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
We read this aloud to our 9 year old, who enjoyed it - a taste of British countryside and some English mythology thrown in. With so much new juvenile fiction available these days, the Whispering Knights moved kind of slowly for her. She's definitely a kid of her time, wanting everything fast, fast, FAST.
Luan On
Dec 12, 2015 Luan On rated it liked it
This had a strong premise: three children unwittingly revive an ancient witch's spirit, who then invades the children's lives via whatever means she can: inhabiting human form, invading TV sets, sending out poison laced cakes. The result is a cracking good read.

The children are easily identifiable: sensitive Martha, pragmatic Susie, scornful William. There is an enigmatic old lady: Mrs Hepplewhite, who speaks in riddles and acts as a sort of consultant against Morgana.

The writing is often eerie
Gary Stocker
Jul 29, 2011 Gary Stocker rated it liked it
Read it mostly because it is loosely connected to the Rollright Stones where I did some voluntary work. Obviously aimed at a younger audience. Still good though. Quite scary in places!
Bryn (Plus Others)
Lively steps definitely into the realm of fantasy here, with good success, although I find it fascinating how much her modern incarnation of Morgan shares with villains of other contemporary British children's books -- clearly there was something going on in Britain at this time about the virtuous middle-classes (hard working, not too much money, shabby houses filled with solid old things) and the evil newly wealthy, with their cars and makeup and designer clothes.
Jul 01, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it
Very good! I wish it were easier to get Penelope Lively's books in Canada.
Feb 24, 2015 Manel added it
que os den morcilla!!!
Jacqui Spink
Apr 07, 2012 Jacqui Spink rated it really liked it
Still on my Penelope Lively jaunt. I enjoyed this one too - a story about Morgan le Fay - reminiscent of The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen - 3 children accidently summon up evil in the form of Morgan and have to stop her from destroying their village. Again, there is more there to think about than just the good vs evil storyline with the children trying to stop a motorway from being built through their village.
Jul 21, 2012 Katya rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book after visiting the Rollright Stones. Powerful and well-plotted, and the atmosphere of a small Cotswold village is just right.
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Penelope Lively CBE (born March 17, 1933) is a prolific, popular and critically acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults. She has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize, winning once for Moon Tiger in 1987.

Born in Cairo in 1933, she spent her early childhood in Egypt, before being sent to boarding school in England at the age of twelve. She read Modern History at St Anne
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