12 Dec The back of my copy of The Ghost Of Thomas Kempe suggests it is suitable for readers aged nine and over. That easily includes me, although. Ghost of Thomas Kempe [Penelope Lively] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ghost of Thomas Kempe. Buy The Ghost of Thomas Kempe online at the Folio Society from the world’s most With a new introduction by the author, this brilliantly funny ghost story for.

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That easily includes me, although now and again I wonder if I might prefer it if it didn’t. Lively’s prose is, well, lively sorryand the book is shot through with generosity of spirit, wit, humour, ghosf warmth. A young boy named James and his friend Simon investigate strange happenings in James’ house, where he believes a poltergeist to be living.

Sweet story of a boy helping a ghost make peace and move on to the next realm. Details The classic ghost story from Penelope Lively, one of the modern greats of British gjost for adults and children alike.

First he seeks information I love the depiction of the public library- and it is In summary, James encounters a poltergeist.

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James’ explorations turn up an old diary and evidence that Kempe caused such ghst in the Victorian era and was dealt with by being shut up in the bottle with the attic room locked and never used since. Lively is a wonderful writer, and I enjoyed this story, but this is a book that should be read by the audience it was intended for ages And he’s getting blamed for it.


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It is interesting to watch this young boy problem solve, looking for information, finding allies, and being open to different options. Revisiting this again as an adult allowed me to enjoy all the subtle connecting threads which exist between Kempe and James and I would love to consider the parallels there.

So I’m glad of a book that can take me back there as skilfully and enjoyably as does this little book Penelope Lively wrote back in But first there is much trouble, not only for James, but for his community as well.

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This was my introduction to Lively’s other supernatural themed children’s novels and an awakening of a taste for the gothic which has never disappeared. Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andreae. My copy is falling to bits-but it’s the one material possession I would save from a burning house.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When James and his family move to an ancient cottage in Oxfordshire, odd things start happening. Beside Mr Kempe from the 17th century, this story involves both a 20th-century resident of the cottage and the history of the surrounding countryside.

She has also written two volumes of autobiography and many short stories. And only James knew what it was or who was causing it. She never talks down to her younger readers, never assumes that they are less than intelligent.


Views Read Edit View history. First encountered at the age of ten, in primary school in fact I still have Mrs.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

He’s a sort of slightly less Williamy Just William, but Williamy enough to cause headaches. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Lorries, and even the tops of cars, rode parallel with the upstairs windows of the terraced cottages. Library of Congress Catalog Record. Interesting tale from the s of a boy, James, who moves into an old cottage where the attic has been converted into a bedroom for him, and in the process workmen have disturbed the bottle prison of a troubled spirit from the 17th century, Thomas Kempe.

Stuff that is normally the kind of thing he does. It’s up to James to get rid of him. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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You don’t have to be nine to find this stuff funny. Can’t see the preview? I don’t think we’ll pass it on to our year-old granddaughter who is a Harry Potter fan.

And still my ghots, 35 years after I first saw it on Jackanory and got my mum to do a special order in WHSmith’s to obtain my own copy.