The 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, ...

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Overview

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.

Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the ancient house of Green Knowe and becomes friends with three children who lived there in the seventeenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
"This is a book . . . to own and read aloud and come back to over and over again. It is one of the best fantasies I have ever read."—Horn Book
"An uncommon tale . . . told with a gratifying blend of the eerie, the sinister, and the familiar."—New Yorker
Publishers Weekly
British actor Vance's full-bodied and inviting performance infuses this good-natured fantasy with the kind of charm likely to hook Harry Potter and Narnia fans. Young Toseland (Tolly for short) isn't sure what to expect when he is sent to spend a holiday with his Great-grandmother Oldknow in her huge castle of a house in England. He arrives in the middle of a flood, and feels as if he is climbing aboard Noah's Ark, which sets the stage for this unusual adventure. Soon Granny is telling Tolly about Toby and the other children (and animals) who sometimes come to the house, "when they want to." Listeners and Tolly learn that Toby and his full-of-energy siblings Linnet and Alexander are ghosts; they died during the Great Plague. Magic, mystery and fun will bring listeners along for an entertaining ride, even if they may not always be sure where the ghosts begin and real-life leaves off. Vance's characterizations of comforting Granny and inquisitive, excitable Tolly are engaging throughout. Five subsequent titles-all inspired by the author's restoration of an English manor house in 1930s Cambridge-are also available on audio. Ages 9-up. (Dec. 2005) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Lucy Boston bought, Hemingford Grey, a venerable, time worn manor house near Cambridge, England in 1935. She lovingly restored the house, now thought to be the oldest, continuously inhabited home in England, for her home, and used it as the evocative setting for her books in the "Green Knowe Chronicles." After 20 years of living there, she began writing her first book, the now classic Children of Green Knowe, set very firmly in and around her wonderful old home. In this book, Mrs. Oldknow's great grandson, Tolly, whom she has never met, comes to live with her at Green Knowe while his father goes off to Burma with a new wife who can't be bothered with a child. Mrs. Oldknow and Tolly are kindred spirits who love the house and its surroundings. Tolly is particularly intrigued by an ancient portrait of a family who lived in the house several generations earlier. Mrs. Oldknow tells him stories about the children in the picture and Tolly longs to meet them. The reader isn't too surprised that in this magical setting he meets the children and even their horse, Feste. The Green Knowe books are illustrated by Mrs. Boston's son, Peter, who was an architect. He grew up in the house so the drawings quite accurately and evocatively fit the story. This is an ALA Notable Children's Book. Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic has recently reissued five of Mrs. Boston's six Green Knowe books. 2002 (orig. 1955), Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic,
— Janet Crane Barley
From the Publisher
"This is a book . . . to own and read aloud and come back to over and over again. It is one of the best fantasies I have ever read."—Horn Book
"An uncommon tale . . . told with a gratifying blend of the eerie, the sinister, and the familiar."—New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024680
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Green Knowe Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 175,098
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Loved it as a nine year old.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Great tale(s)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    It was awesome!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    My Favorite Childhood Book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    Fantastic fantasy !

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    strange and hard to follow

    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

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