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by Antony Maitland,Penelope Lively

  • Author: Antony Maitland,Penelope Lively
  • ISBN: 0606075631
  • ISBN13: 978-0606075633
  • ePub: 1230 kb | FB2: 1675 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Publisher: Demco Media (September 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 186
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 456
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe ePub download

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a low fantasy novel for children by Penelope Lively, first published by Heinemann in 1973 with illustrations by Anthony Maitland.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a low fantasy novel for children by Penelope Lively, first published by Heinemann in 1973 with illustrations by Anthony Maitland. Set in present-day Oxfordshire, it features a boy and his modern family who are new in their English village, and seem beset by a poltergeist. Soon the boy makes acquaintance with the eponymous Thomas Kempe, ghost of a 17th-century resident sorcerer who intends to stay.

Lively, Penelope, 1933-; Maitland, Antony, 1935- illus. The ghost of a seventeenth-century sorcerer emerges as a poltergeist and attempts to make young James his apprentice.

Sam Jordison: A mischievous boy hero and an equally amusing ghoul

Sam Jordison: A mischievous boy hero and an equally amusing ghoul. That easily includes me, although now and again I wonder if I might prefer it if it didn't. Viewed from my increasingly distant standpoint, under nine seems a wonderfully simple thing to be. No bills, no debt, and few thoughts that the future might not go on for ever. Nothing much to worry about at all except long division and the odd spelling.

The ghost of thomas kempe. The house in norham gardens. Any members of educational institutions wishing to photocopy part or all of the work for classroom use, or publishers who would like to obtain permission to include the work in an anthology, should send their inquiries to Grove/Atlantic, In. 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.

Dame Penelope Margaret Lively DBE FRSL (born Penelope Margaret Low, 17 March 1933) is a British writer of fiction for both children and adults. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) – Carnegie Medal. Lively has won both the Booker Prize (Moon Tiger, 1987) and the Carnegie Medal for British children's books (The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, 1973). The House in Norham Gardens (1974).

Several years ago, I met Penelope Lively at a conference and asked her what did she think made Thomas Kempe . James Harrison is being haunted by the ghost of Thomas Kempe, a sorcerer who lived in his house hundreds of years before.

Several years ago, I met Penelope Lively at a conference and asked her what did she think made Thomas Kempe such a favourite. Her response? 'I don't know. Now as a ghost he wishes to reestablish himself as a This is a conventional ghost story because it is about a boy being haunted by a ghost. It is an unconventional ghost story because it is not scary, nor is it trying to be.

The classic ghost story from Penelope Lively, one of the modern greats of British fiction for adults and children alike. James is fed up. His family has moved to a new cottage - with grounds that are great for excavations, and trees. His family has moved to a new cottage - with grounds that are great for excavations, and trees that are perfect for climbing - and stuff is happening. Stuff that is normally the kind of thing he does. But it's not him who's writing strange things on shopping lists and fences. It's not him who smashes bottles and pours tea in the Vicar's lap. It's a ghost - honestly.

Author: Penelope Lively. Item Condition: Used; Acceptable

Author: Penelope Lively. Item Condition: Used; Acceptable. This date is supplied from the publishers data and can be inaccurate. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively (Paperback, 1984). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Soon the boy makes acquaintance with the eponymous Thomas Kempe, ghost of a 17th-century resident sorcerer who intends to stay.

Soon the boy makes acquaintance with the eponymous Thomas Kempe, ghost of a 17th-century resident sorcerer who intends to stay Contents.

The playful spirit of a seventeenth-century sorcerer complicates the life of a mischievious English boy
Xcorn
My daughter loved this book and read it in 3 days.
Simple fellow
A well-constructed and entertaining story. The protagonist models resourcefulness and grit in striving to rid himself an an irksome ghost/poltergeist.
Katius
I first read this book when I was in my pre-teens, and at the time I thought it was mainly a ghost story. Reading it again thirty years later I'm realizing that there's a whole lot more -- and as a kid, the vague awareness of this hidden meaning, and the strange wistful feel of Lively's writing, were why I'd kept thinking about it. One thing that makes the story different from a standard adventure tale is that there aren't any entirely bad people. There are characters that the protagonist James doesn't understand, or doesn't feel he has anything in common with .... but nobody like Rowling's Voldemort, even though magic does come into the story.

Time has moved inexorably on, and in some ways the 1970s England of James and Simon is as distant to us now as the world of the 17th century sorcerer Thomas Kempe. Although James does have some contact with Kempe's returned spirit, the real connections he makes in the story are to people from the more recent past: a boy named Arnold who once lived in his own house long ago, and the family's elderly neighbour Mrs. Verity. These relationships are at least as wonderful and unexpected as the ghost of a Renaissance-era enchanter. This is a great book to introduce kids to history, because I've met so many researchers and writers who describe forming very similar relationships in their imaginations, with people who are long gone. As the years pass, I'm understanding how lucky I was to be able to meet people who were a living bridge to the past, like Mrs. Verity -- born in years starting with "18", or who survived the Blitz or fought in the First and Second World Wars. Later this century that will seem unbelievable ... and I'll be in a similar position to James, trying to describe these things to my politely-skeptical family.

There isn't as much action in this book as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, so it's more of a quiet thought-provoking read than an exciting page-turner -- but I wouldn't be surprised if some of the younger readers find themselves revisiting this story in a few decades, and having a new appreciation for it. Grownups should also read this book, just so they can remember how they felt when adults didn't want to listen to them ... or seemed to have forgotten what it was like, to see the world through a child's eyes. The beauty of the author's final sentence still haunts me when I think about the people who lived in my town before I came along -- and all of those who'll be here in a future I can barely imagine.
Shakataxe
This is an awesome book , even for adults. A family moves into an old English house and almost immediately, their son is tormented by a ghost. I shouldn’t really say tormented, because the ghost is more of a nuisance than a terror. But it’s great, not because of the ghost, but because of the suspense leading to its discovery and how the boy gets rid of it.
This book is an example of what I call respectful writing for kids. The author assumes that young readers have more than the bare minimum of intelligence, and she lets them figure things out for themselves. It was fun to see the story of the ghost unfold, just as good as reading a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
In the pre Harry Potter days this was typical fare for young adults. It has a kid for a protagonist, written in language that they can read, and just the right length.
Геракл
What a superb little book! On the surface is is a ghost story, but underneath -- and it gets quite deep -- it is a meditation on time and the brevity of human existence. In the few weeks from the beginning to the end of the book, the pre-teen protagonist matures considerably, becoming less calculating and more genuinely thoughtful in his relationships with other people. (He may even become less sexist!) Lively's use of language is exquisite.

This is a perfect book for readers who love Susan Cooper's "Boggart" stories, written more recently.
Pad
Dr. James Harrison, FRS, MP, D.Phil, OBE, writer of The Life Cycle of a British Beetle is a pirate of the Seven Seas, first conqueror of the earth's highest peak, captain of a World-Cup-winning football team and professional hole-digger. In short, he is a normal boy. And if in his made-up adventures windows get broken, cups shatter and his arm gets stuck in a grate - well that's not really his fault, is it? No matter what his father, mother and, sigh, sister think.

After moving into an old house, James discovers that he is sharing a room with a literate poltergeist,Thomas Kempe, who resorts to banging doors and hiding glasses for attention. Of course, it is James who gets blamed and whose allowance has to pay for damages. Things take a turn for the worse for James when Kempe, a sorcerer, leaves notes all over the place offering his magicks and accusing people of witchery. Can he successfully exorcise Thomas so that he can finally eat dessert and not have to be sent to his room all the time?

Penelope Lively takes us to a time in our lives when the world was bright and wide; when every nook, cranny and hole can yield buried treasure and unfettered possibilities. Through James we remember climbing trees, running through grass, cartwheeling, and of course, telling ghost stories among friends. We also remember times when we couldn't ask adults for help because they wouldn't believe us and sadly, neither did our bestfriends.

This is the perfect reading material for children who will certainly know what it's like to be James and for adults who want to be like James again - at least for a short time.
BeatHoWin
The ghost of Thomas Kempe is a spooky story written by penelope lively. The Harrison family have strange things going on in their new house. Messages are being left in places in werid writting and odd things have been happening. James Harrison is sure there's a ghost haunting the house but no-one will beive him until things start to get too out of hands........ This book makes a good read and is suitable for anyone who is willing to sit down and get engrossed into solving the mystery of the Harrisons house.
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