Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Rating: REALLY LIKED
Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. He never expected to be confronted with 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?
This fantastic original ghost story is also a thrilling tale of bravery and friendship — bound to become a classic!
Jon Whitcroft had been leading a very fine life, until The Beard had stepped in. After his father past away, Jon’s Mum has decided to marry again. Desperate to get rid of The Beard, the tables turn instead Jon gets sent to a boarding school. Where he meets his friends, Stu, Angus, and Ella. When Jon find out that a ghost, called Stourton wants him dead, with the help of Ella and her grandmother, Zelda he learns about William Longspee, a long dead knight, with a legendary tale and oath. Calling upon William for protection, Jon unravels a family curse and more.
Cornelia Funke has done it again! I’ve read a couple of books written by this same author but the one I loved the most was Dragon Rider. After Brandon Mull, Chris Bradford, and Chris Rylander, Cornelia Funke is one of my all-time favorites. I didn’t really expect the ending to happen as it did. Stourton was pretty scary along with his gang, though William Longspee was kind of a mystery. And the writing was special – it had this rhythm to it that made it hard to put down.
I’d give the cover four stars – that horse is pretty scary- but the thing is, I don’t remember him riding a horse.