When Jason visits an ancient priory with his class, he meets a girl who lived eight centuries before.
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Gene Kemp has established herself as one of the most inventive and imaginative of British children's writers. She was born in 1926 and grew up in Staffordshire. After studying at Exeter University she taught, married and had three children. She is best-known for her Cricklepit School stories, including The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, a winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Rights Award, Charlie Lewis Plays for Time, which was runner-up for the Whitbread Award in 1985, and Just Ferret, which was a runner-up for the Smarties Award in 1990. In addition, she has written The Clock Tower Ghost, Jason Bodger and the Priory Ghost (short stories) and a poetry anthology. She also writes for TV and radio. In 1984 she was awarded an honorary degree for her books, which have been translated into numerous languages. She lives in Devon.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7 A tongue-in-cheek time-fantasy spoof that's full of derring-do and ends with an unusual twist. Modern-day Jason, an English schoolboy, is summoned to aid Mathilda, a 12th-Century lady in distress. Going from Jason's time to Mathilda's in alternating chapters, readers learn that she is anxious to regain control of the family castle from her wicked uncle. Awakening in an old priory, she mysteriously finds herself in the 20th Century at the time that Jason's class is visiting the priory for a history lesson. Mistaking Jason for an old friend, she speaks to him in Middle English, imploring him to help her. He is so stunned at being addressed by this ghostly figure that his usual annoying behavior changes, and he becomes subdued. After repeated strange encounters with Mathilda, he travels back in time, and there he, Mathilda, and friends recapture the castle in a rousing battle. But when Jason attempts to return to his own time, someone blunders and he doesn't make it. Surely there will be a sequel to right this mix-up. Readers who don't mind British terms and who like time fantasy will enjoy this high-spirited tale. Kemp's humorous asides to readers about medieval life and language are an added source of fun. Skillful line drawings highlight the story's dramatic moments. Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vt.
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Book Description Puffin / Penguin Books, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140320881
Book Description Puffin / Penguin Books, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140320881