Genre: middle grade ghost story
Length: 352 pages
Setting: England, present day
Interest: I was looking for a six-hour audiobook for a trip to Toronto. This was available and I thought it had potential since I recognized the author.
Summary: Jon Witcroft is sent off to boarding school when he complained too strenuously about his mother’s new boyfriend. Ince there, he is threatened by the ghost of a man hanged by Jon’s ancestor. The ghost is on a quest to kill all the men in Jon’s mother’s lineage. Only Ella Littlejon at his school believes and helps him (her grandmother does ghost tours of the area). She convinces Jon to call for the help of the knight Sir Longspee to slay his ghostly tormentor. In return for Longspee’s help, Jon agrees to find Longspee’s heart and return it to his wife’s grave so he can finally rest in peace.
Final thoughts: This was not quite the book I was looking for. For one thing, it was much spookier than I expected. The evil ghost and his henchmen were suitably creepy. At one point, they slip into the skin of some recently dead people to threaten Jon and Ella. I was worried the kids would have nightmares (we don’t do scary in our house at all), but it was never a problem. Also, the book didn’t end when I thought it would. Jon ultimately kills his tormentor (with Longspee’s help), but the book wasn’t over. There was a whole second act about whether Longspee was an honorable knight or not and finding his heart. My husband had a hard time staying interested and following along. I felt like it was two stories in one. Not my favorite. It probably didn’t help that the narrator had a hard time doing female voices in the audiobook we listened to.
Title comes from: Longspee, a ghost knight, was called upon to help Jon and then Jon helped Longspee
Reading challenges fulfilled: #42 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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