I am a big fan of Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart series.
So I was excited to find a book of hers at the library that I hadn’t seen before – Ghost Knight.
When we meet Jon Whitcroft, he’s feeling rather sorry for himself. His mom is sending him off to boarding school in Salisbury, choosing her heartily-disdained boyfriend “The Beard” over her own son (or so it seems.) But things are about to take a turn for the worse . Jon finds himself haunted by a set of extremely nasty, ghostly horsemen – and more scared than he has ever been in his life. But who would believe him? No one else can see what he sees…
Enter Ella, a day student at the school, who, thanks to her eccentric grandmother Zelda, know rather a lot about ghosts. With her help, he calls up the the spirit of William Longspee, a knight (entombed in Salisbury Cathedral) trying to atone for past sins by aiding those in need. What follows is a rollicking ghost story that has enough chills,thrills, and twists to keep even adults interested.
This is definitely a ‘younger’ Funke book – more on par with Igraine the Brave than Inkheart (I’d say a 8-12 reading level.) Jon comes across as quite a brat at first, but the story shows him growing and maturing through is experiences. Ella is a delightful, strong female character – and there might even be more to “The Beard” than Jon originally thought.
An added plus for me was that the locations and ghosts are all based on actual places and real historical characters (the centuries-old murder that plays a large role in the book actually happened.) This was a definite thumbs-up book for me – but then I don’t think I’ve met a Funke book I didn’t like!