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The Ghosts

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  383 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
When Lucy sat in the attic, she thought she heard the sound of voices calling...

That's when she started to believe the rumors in the village that the old house was haunted. But no ghosts appeared - until the day Lucy and her brother Jamie stood in the garden and watched two pale figures, a girl and a boy, coming toward them.

That was the beginning of a strange and dangerous

Mass Market, 214 pages
Published August 1st 1975 by Pocket Books/Archway (first published January 1st 1969)
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Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a child and was captivated with it. I was intrigued by the fact that children could be ghosts and would want other children to help them. I checked this book out from my school library and loved it. I have thought of it over the years and forgot the name of the book. I posted a question about the title on the goodreads group "what's the name of that book?" and also asked a childhood friend, who is a librarian, about the book by giving a synopsis of it. Both my childhood frien ...more
Antonia Barber's delightful and atmospheric ghost story (or perhaps, more of a time slip novel, as the supposed ghosts are actually time travelling children, two British siblings from the past, and two British siblings from the present) was one of the first full-length children's novels I read entirely in English (in the autumn of 1977, a school library book that took me almost two months to finish, however, considering I was eleven years old at the time and had only been speaking, reading and w ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghosts [aka The Amazing Mr. Blunden] by Antonia Barber (1969)

Short listed for the Carnegie Medal.

My Puffin edition of this book is 138 pages long. I bring it up because between pages 1 and 138 is an enormous story filled with mystery, adventure, suspense and characters that are thoughtfully and thoroughly realized. The heroes are truly heroic, though flawed and all too human, while the villains are devils in the flesh, dastardly and menacing. I found myself fully engaged, flipping the pages
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rivka by: Lisa Vegan
2.5 stars

The good: a fun, clean, sf/f kids book. (I know several reviewers called it YA, but I think it's more aimed at a younger crowd.) Time travel with a happy ending.

The bad: Clichéd at several critical points; the time travel is seriously lacking in both the internal consistency and causality aspects (it's not just the kids in the books whose head it makes hurt when trying to think about it!); characterization is barely 2-dimensional in most cases. I could also have lived without the oddly
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-ya, ylto-2018
I read this book OVER and OVER as a kid. I was fascinated by the way it dealt with time and with fate. A family of kids go to live in an old house. In the course of exploring, they meet ghosts of kids who once lived there and learn how to travel through time in order to help those kids. Just typing this, I again had chills running down my spine and goosebumps. Oddly, I had my own ghost story connected with this. I can't share the details, since it involves a past client who had died, but suffice ...more
When widowed and impoverished (but worthy) Mrs. Allen is offered a job as caretaker of an old house in the country, Lucy and her brother Jamie are delighted with their new surroundings and new friends. But soon they realize that their mysterious new acquaintances need their help and they are the only ones who can correct an old injustice...

It was only recently that I learned this wonderful book had been made into a movie, The Amazing Mr. Blunden. Has anyone ever seen it?
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written for the most part, The Ghosts is a memorable and creative novel with a lot to offer. It sort of started dragging on towards the end, though.
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
I read this book some time in the 1980s, in my preteen years. I'm sure the book probably hasn't aged well, and I doubt that I would have the same affection for it if I reread it now. That said, it was nearly perfect back then.

This is the story of siblings that move into a new home. I believe their father has been hired as a caretaker. One day, they see two children playing and realize that these are the ghosts they've heard so much about. The ghost appeal to them for help--asking them to go back
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in about 1976 and I absolutely adored it. Sadly, when I was about 13 I gave away a lot of books to the daughter of a friend of my mum, and this was amongst them. I’ve been trying to get hold of it for years, but as it’s out of print, the copies I managed to find were all really (and I mean really!) expensive. Luckily, I managed to get hold of a copy on Amazon Marketplace last week for a much more reasonable amount!

The book was originally published under the title ‘The Ghos
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to be scared
Shelves: young-adult, scary, found
I stumbled onto this book on an old post on

I read this as a child. Or at least I read some of it. I think this may be one of those books that was so scary to me, I never finished reading it.

I had the vaguest recollection of this book, but couldn't remember enough about it to describe it to anyone.

I barely remembered the cover of the book, but when I saw it (the old version pictured here), I knew right away that this was the book I had been thinking of. When I saw the cover, I g
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Antonia Barber really knows about ballet - her daughter studied ballet from the age of three and attended the Royal Ballet School junior associate classes at Sadler's Wells. Antonia is well-known for such best-selling picture books as The Mousehole Cat (with Nicola Bailey) and Catkin (with J P Lynch). Her novel, The Amazing Mr Blunden, was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal. Antonia lives in Kent.
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