Children Of Green Knowe

Children Of Green Knowe

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L. M. Boston's thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century. Now the children of Green Knowe—both alive and ghostly—are back in appealing new editions.

The spooky original illustrations have been retained, but dramatic new cover art by Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events) gives the books a fresh, timeless appeal for today's readers. 5-1/8 X 7-5/8.

Author Biography: Lucy Maria Boston (1892-1990) purchased a ramshackle manor house near Cambridge, England, in 1935, which over a period of two years she lovingly restored. It is this house that inspired her, at the age of sixty-two, to take pen in hand and create the beloved Green Knowe series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141803302
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 07/31/2001
Series: Green Knowe Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

LUCY MARIA BOSTON (1892-1990) purchased a ramshackle manor house near Cambridge, England, in 1935, which over a period of two years she lovingly restored. It is this house that inspired her, at the age of sixty-two, to take pen in hand and create the beloved Green Knowe series.

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Children of Green Knowe 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
hollyhox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never heard of this, but really enjoyed it. A young English boy goes to live with his grandmother, and encounters the ghosts of his ancestors living in her home. The house dates from the time of William the Conqueror, so Tolly meets ghosts of people who lived centuries ago, including one from the time of Charles II. I was drawn in right away, because it's written very well, and I'm a history and architecture buff. Would be a great way to inspire children to learn about history.
PamelaDLloyd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a child, I loved the series of which this book is a part. I enjoyed reading it again; it's always wonderful to find that a childhood favorite doesn't disappoint when read as an adult.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Children of Green Knowe, originally published in 1954, is the first book in a series of six fantasies written by L.M. Boston. It is sold as a children's fantasy for the 9-12 years age group, but Boston said that she wrote the books to please herself. The writing is atmospheric and evocative with beautifully descriptive language and a subtle, layered plot that will appeal to sensitive, romantic adults. The story is ghostly, magical and moody and I think will appeal to some children but not to those who rely upon a great deal of action to keep their interest engaged. The book introduces Toseland, also known as Tolly, an only child whose mother has died and whose father and stepmother reside in Burma. The book opens with Toseland's train pulling into Penny Soaky from whence he embarks for the manor house called Green Knowe or Green Noah as the locals call it, which is his ancestral home. He is ferried across the flooded landscape by Boggis, the caretaker of the manor and meets his great grandmother, Mrs. Oldknow. Even though Toseland has been apprehensive about the castle and meeting the "very old" lady, her gentle ways and the lovely surroundings of the castle welcome him. The descriptive language gently pulls the reader in and sets the mood where we and young Toseland willingly become lost in time and adrift between real and magical worlds. "His grandmother was sitting by a huge open fireplace where logs and peat were burning. The room smelled of woods and wood-smoke. He forgot about her being frighteningly old. She was wearing a soft dress of folded velvet that was as black as a hole in darkness. The room was full of candles in glass candlesticks, and there was candlelight in her ring when she held out her hand to him." Great Grandmother Oldknow's first words to Toseland are, "So you've come back!" Since he's never been at Green Knowe before, he asks her what she means by this statement and we learn that for hundreds of years the Oldknow family names have been passed down and there have been generations of Toselands, Tobys and Tollys, as well as generations of caretakers named Boggis and of girls that share grandmother's name of Linnet. Green Knowe is a romantic place set apart in time with tradition and history that are mingled with the present in magical ways that mystify and engage young Tolly as well as the reader. The various generational characters are the device that makes us happily lose our way in the slipstream of time. In Toseland's bedroom, high up beneath the ceiling beams he discovers an old painting of three children who lived 400 years in the past. They are shown with their favorite pets and toys. He sees old toys and a toy chest in the room and becomes very interested in the children. The Children of Green Knowe is at least in part a ghost story. The children in the painting reveal themselves to Tolly and become his friends. They and their mother died during one of the plagues that swept across Europe. Grandmother Oldknow can see them as well. The plot unfolds through stories that Grandmother tells Tolly and through Tolly's exploration of the manor and his attempts to know the children and their pet animals. We are swept up in the ambiance and mystery of Green Knowe and we meet St. Christopher who is a statue in the garden as well as a strangely benevolent force, a ghostly chestnut horse named Feste, a mystical and ancient salmon in a pool, and a diabolical Green Noah, whose wild and threatening persona harks back to pagan Green Man and Wicker Man mythology. A thread of Christian mysticism is woven throughout the book as well, but a subtle and unobtrusive thread that accents peacefully. There is a bright tapestry of nostalgic references here including rich descriptions of English Christmas traditions, lyrics to hymns and folk songs, tea time practices, the art of conversation, the country pleasures of a livery stable and a large topiary that also play into the magical atmosphere of Green Knowe's story. Mus
nicole47 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book left me feeling warm and cozy. A wonderful children's book, and a comfort book for all ages. I thought it would be more E. Nesbitty. It is definitely British and reminds me a bit of The Enchanted Castle, but there's no dark undercurrent that in the end magic/supernatural things always go wrong. It isn't funny like Edward Eager (and definitely not American), but it has his same lightness. Anne of Green Gables plus The Secret Garden with actual ghosts. Where has this book been all my life? I should have been reading it age 8, not age 31 (well, maybe again age 31). I wish I had discovered it earlier.
oapostrophe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a British child of the 1950's there was something wonderfully familiar about the feel of this book. It seemed to me a classic fantasy. A wonderfully imaginative story about a little boy, Tolly, who is on his way to his great grandmother's country house for the holidays. His mother is dead and his father and stepmother are in Burma. He's a lonely but observant little fellow who makes a quick connection with his great gramdmother Oldknow, her gardener Boggis, and the other children from generations before who appear and disappear along with various birds, animals, and shadows.This is a book I can imagine a child curling up with at night and reading til finished.
Johnny1978 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Children of Green Knowe is an elegantly written children's novel that centres on a boy named Tolly - estranged from his father and his new stepmother, he is sent to live with his great grandmother in his family's ancestral home. He is fascinated by the story of Toby, Alexander and Linnet (children antecedents who died in the 1700s during the Great Plague) and is eventually befriended by their ghosts. Tolly learns the history of the children and uncovers the secrets behind Green Noah (the demonic remnant of a gypsy curse).The Children of Green Knowe is a beautiful evocation of English Arcadia - after the implied negligence of his parents Tolly is given back his innocence by the English countryside and emotionally renewed by the care of his grandmother and by his friendship with the ghosts. Toby, Alexander and Linnet represent the spirit of a richer, more 'authentic' England - invisible to all but a select few. As his Grandmother says, 'you will see them when they've come to know you'.
shoebacca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This ghost story with a twist is about a child who goes to stay in an old, old house. There he meets the owner, an interesting old woman named Mrs Oldknowe, and three other children, a lot like him--except that they have been dead for years. In this ghost story, there are some frightening parts--in fact it has one of the scariest scenes I have ever read-- but it isn't the ghosts who are scary. All in all, however, the book is far more dreamy than spooky. And best of all, if you like it, it is only the first in a long series.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad this book has been reprinted -- it's a truly enchanting children's fantasy novel, with just the right amount of creepiness and mystery. It's also a great one to read aloud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with deep characters.  You easily become immersed into the story.  Looking forward to reading the rest.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as a nine year old that had just transferred to a new school in a new town. The school librarian suggested the book to me; and I could not put it down. I then read the other books in the series, and liked them all but this was my favorite. I have just bought a copy so that I can read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love a great story of ancient myth, magic and imagination, and this has it all. A ghastly tale of a boy who meets kids from the 17th century, and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantasy blended with real life. The characters are realistic and they move you through the book and you can't stop reading it. I recommend this book to anybody from age 8 to age 3,000!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of fantasy and imagination. I read most of the 'Green Knowe' series of books when I was about 10. I liked them so much I always remembered the name 'Green Knowe'. Now that I have a nine year old child, I have started aquirinq the books to share with him. The British wording can slow the understanding down at times, but it is worth the effort. I'm glad I have still been able to find copies of most of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my son and we were both enthralled!! He is currently reading at a 5th grade level. He remembers all the details because he's so excited about how everything is a part of the big picture. He loved the mystery of it all and would come up with his own explanations as to the mysterious events. We thoroughly enjoyed this novel and intend to buy all the other Green Knowe novels. The reading is simple, yet not plain. The author uses easily imagined descriptions and has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the book and it is a good mystery but the book does need a few touch ups. this book should'nt be a 5 th grade book because its hard to follow for those kids WHO IS BOGGIS? you never told the readers that......Disappointing