This isn't my favorite book by Ibbotson. While I still enjoyed the elements of the absurd, it lacked the charm of books like "Island of the Aunts" andThis isn't my favorite book by Ibbotson. While I still enjoyed the elements of the absurd, it lacked the charm of books like "Island of the Aunts" and "Dial-A-Ghost." Still, it had it's fun moments and it is fairly fast-paced....more
On his way home from school eight year-old Barney discovers he is being haunted, and not much later he learns his great-uncle Barnaby (whom he was namOn his way home from school eight year-old Barney discovers he is being haunted, and not much later he learns his great-uncle Barnaby (whom he was named after) has died. But he soon learns that Barnaby isn't the one haunting him, rather, the haunting is related to a secret about relationships, inheritances, and family.
Have I mentioned how fond I am of Margaret Mahy? The Haunting won her the Carnegie Medal in 1982. She's a wonderful writer - I love her sentences. Here are a few:
"When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."
"There were some elderly family friends, all unknown to the Palmers, and sitting in the biggest chair of all, Great-Grandmother Scholar, even more scribbled on and screwed up by time than Barney had remembered her. She was absolutely neat, so neat that she seemed like a doll brought out of a glass case in a museum and sat up especially for the occasion. But her eyes were sharp and unfriendly, and her wrinkles were untidy - even wild as if time had played a careless game of tic-tac-toe all over her."
"Tabitha found she could easily imagine Barney being whisked off the path, could see a horribly think but hairy arm coming out of the bushes and pulling him into the shadowy tunnels of the hedge. And then of course he would never be seen again. Tabitha shuddered, astonished to find how precious he was, how much she wanted to look after him. Up until then he had simply been a brother, part of the family furniture, around the house whether she wanted him or not."...more
That is how I feel after finishing Sharon Draper's YA novel Copper Sun. Blessed to have read such a beautifully written piece of historical fiction chThat is how I feel after finishing Sharon Draper's YA novel Copper Sun. Blessed to have read such a beautifully written piece of historical fiction charting the devastating passage of Amari into slavery, following the trauma of the middle passage, her purchase by a plantation owner as a birthday present for his 16 year old son, and the inhuman treatment throughout. And yet I am scarred for the same reason. The book is brutal, but it is beautiful too.
I'm glad I read this. I had been putting it off - the book has been on my coffee table for several weeks - because I knew how it would affect me. Like many of us who love to read, I frequently am emotionally involved in my reading. Always have been. Not with everything, of course, but I feel my books. Know my books, know me. Or, perhaps better stated: know my reading, know me.
I will find a way to integrate this book into my teaching someday. I know I will. Visit the author's site - she has assembled a wonderful bibliography of source material about slavery....more