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A Stranger at Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
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Mar 23, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended for: young fans of fantasy
Read in May, 2007

Part of a six-book series, this book is uniquely entertaining: magical, surprising, and a little, just a little, frightening, it capitalizes on the feeling that the oldest houses keep some of their history within their walls. This book actually departs somewhat from this very successful strategy; there is little to no supernatural interaction or fantasy elements such as time travel. Instead, we have the exotic... a Chinese "orphan" and a displaced gorilla striking up an unusual relationship on the grounds of Green Knowe, with all the expected chaos that would entail. I loved these books immensely as a child, and find them both amusing and sweet as an adult. L.M. Boston is not just presenting a run-of-the-mill ghost tale, but has invented what appears to be a new genre, and given it an authentic flavor with adequate background details without overwhelming or distracting from the story.
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