Friday, September 12, 2014

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

Ghost Knight
by Cornelia Funke
translated by Oliver Latsch
narrated by Elliot Hill
Middle Grade
May 2012

Book Jacket Summary
From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

My Thoughts
Jon is sent off to boarding school after constant fighting with his mother's boyfriend. I can understand Jon's resentment but it is still a bit over the top because "The Beard", as Jon calls him, really does nothing overtly wrong. Jon is just mad at being replaced in the eyes of his mother and sisters. He is used to being the man of the house but is acting petulant and using his childish anger to get back at The Beard. He ends up in Salisbury, England at a boarding school and is soon caught up in a ghost hunt with him at the center of it. Ghosts are looking to kill anyone of his bloodline and he is encouraged by his new friend Emma to look for another ghost to protect him. Enter Sir William Longspee who made an oath to protect those who are endangered after his death. 
I really enjoyed this audiobook and I'm glad I found a way to actually enjoy Cornelia Funke's books. There is just something off with the translation when I try to read them. Maybe it was the years of taking German but the structure of the sentences throw me off. It was easy to slip into the story and not get caught up in the grammar and structure.
The story itself is fun and I like that Jon seems to grow as a person through the story. He starts off as a big brat but as he gets to know Sir Longspee and Emma he wants to change. That is a big part of a middle grade book for me. I want the character to solve the mystery or save the day but they also grow as a person with the experience. Funke has that balance quite underhand with this book. Plus this one takes pace in England and has an under current of suspense and gloom.
I recommend this one to those who love a good ghost story!     

Book Pairings
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke  
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret


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