Tolly's great-grandmother's house is full of a very special kind of magic. There are other children living there - children who had been happy there centuries before.
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This is not an easy book, and therein lies its charm. L.M. Boston's classic is a sophisticated mood piece disguised as a children's ghost story. As young Toseland goes to live with his grandmother in the family's ancestral home, the reader is plunged immediately into the world of Green Knowe. Like Toseland, who actually rows up to his new home in the midst of a flood, we have a hard time finding our bearings. Toseland discovers a funny kind of grandmother awaiting him--one who speaks elliptically of the children and animals she keeps around the house: they might be memories, they might be ghosts. It's never quite clear where real life leaves off and magic begins. Toseland admires a deer: "A deer seems more magic than a horse." His grandmother is quick to respond: "Very beautiful fairy-tale magic, but a horse that thinks the same thoughts that you do is like strong magic wine, a love philtre for boys."
With this meshing of the magical and the real, Boston evokes a childlike world of wonder. She compounds the effect by combining gorgeous images and eerily evocative writing. Toseland goes out on a snowy morning: "In front of him, the world was an unbroken dazzling cloud of crystal stars, except for the moat, which looked like a strip of night that had somehow sinned and had no stars in it." The loosely plotted story is given more resonance still through liberal use of biblical imagery and Anglo-Saxon mythology. For those willing to suspend their disbelief and read carefully, the world of Green Knowe offers a wondrous escape. --Claire DedererAbout the Author:
Lucy Boston was born in 1892 in Southport, Lancashire, one of six children. She went to a Quaker school in Surrey, and was married in 1917. She later moved to a beautiful manor house near Cambridge which provided the setting for her Green Knowe stories. She started writing at the age of sixty and won the Carnegie Medal for A Stranger of Green Knowe in 1961. Her books are illustrated by her son, Peter. Lucy Boston died in 1990.
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Book Description Faber & Faber. 1 Paperback(s), 2000. soft. Book Condition: New. (A Commended Runner-up for the Carnegie Medal) Originally published in 1954, this is the first in Lucy Boston's series of books for readers 8 to 12 about the house called Green Knowe, which includes the Carnegie Medal winner A Stranger at Green Knowe. When young Toseland—Tolly—is sent to live with his great-grandmother at Green Knowe, he wonders briefly if she isn't a witch. Her old house is certainly a magical place, where Tolly sometimes encounters other children—children who had been happy living there centuries before."[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."—The New Yorker 123. Bookseller Inventory # 53277
Book Description Faber & Faber. Book Condition: New. 2000. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # KKW0013642
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Book Description Faber Children's Books, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0571202020
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