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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?
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 ...more
The book was originally published under the title ‘The Ghos ...more
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 ...more