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When her father's new job takes the entire family to a dilapidated old abbey in England, twelve-year-old Maggi discovers that both she and the building are haunted by ghosts from their pasts....

Title : Ghost Abbey
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ISBN : 9780590416924
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 169 Pages
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Ghost Abbey Reviews

  • Vincent Ripley
    2019-01-16 07:56

    Master story teller!

  • Andrea
    2019-01-11 07:42

    This one was a disappointment, honestly. Less than 200 pages, and it still took me over a week to finish, because it just didn't hold my interest. The plot was pretty scattered; the scares, such as they were, were not scary, and the story just kind of rambled along until realizing three quarters of the way through that it needed a point, and jamming one in for the end. Maggi seemed awfully quick to jump to conclusions that happened to be right despite lacking any real evidence for doing so. The climactic scene was also completely ridiculous. (view spoiler)[Grown adults agreeing to do roof repairs while clinging to a lightning rod during a massive storm? Seriously? I don't care what kind of ghost you've got, that's insanse. (hide spoiler)] It also lacked a lot in characterization; the twins in particular were simply convenient mischief machines with no actual personalities (also, I'm sorry, if you're going to have actual humans called "Baz" and "Gaz", I'm going to at least need to know what those are short for), and Maggi's complete willingness to play Susie Homemaker, while I guess I'd buy it from a kid who's lost her mom, the rest of the world being totally okay with it and nobody making any effort to intervene or even really commenting on it seems weird. I know the book is old, but it's not that old.So yeah — not scary, even by children's book standards, the plot is barely coherent, and the characters are just vehicles to move along said plot. There is so much better juvenile horror out there. Pass.

  • Jen
    2019-01-10 08:52

    Creepy fun!

  • Matti Karjalainen
    2018-12-28 05:07

    Robert Westallin "Kummitusluostari" (Karisto, 1991) kuuluu Kauhujuttu-nimiseen kirjasarjaan, joiden kansikuvia katselin kirjaston lastenosastolla kultaisella 1990-luvulla, mutta joita en koskaan tullut lainanneeksi. En rehellisesti sanottuna tainnut uskaltaa.Maggi-niminen tyttö asuu jossakin Pohjois-Englannissa yhdessä leskeksi jääneen isänsä ja kahden rasavillin veljensä Bazin ja Gazin kanssa. Elämä tuntuu olevan vähän surumielistä, mutta sitten rakennusurakoitsijana työskentelevä isä saa vanhan luostarin kunnostettavakseen ja koko perhe suuntaa etelään. Luostarissa he tutustuvat "Pelkkä" McFarlane -nimiseen naiseen, joka omistaa paikan. Työtä piisaisi muutenkin, mutta pahus kun vanhassa rakennuksessa tuntuu vielä kummittelevankin..."Kummitusluostari" on merkillinen pieni lastenkirja. Lähdin lukemaan sitä perinteisenä kummitusjuttuna, mutta loppujen sainkin romaanin, jonka yliluonnollisten tapahtumien sijasta keskiöön nousevatkin perhe- ja ihmissuhteet. Kirjaa voisi melkeinpä pitää lapsille suunnattuna versionaSarah WatersinVieras kartanossa -romaanista.Kirja ei rehellisesti sanottuna ole erityisen pelottava, ja sen alkuun sijoitettu "traileri" (alkuun sijoitettu, vajaan sivun mittainen ote kirjan keskeltä) on suorastaan harhaanjohtava. Lukija odottaa koko ajan että jotakin tapahtuisi, mutta taitaa sitten pettyä pahemman kerran kun toiminta ei käynnistykään. Loppuratkaisukaan ei ole erityisen hyytävä. Yleissävy on myös hieman aikuismainen, mikä saattaa karkoittaa nuorimmat ja ennen kaikkea huonoimmat lukijat pois.Englantilaisuus on aika voimakkaasti läsnä, muutenkin kuin alituisen teenlatkimisen kautta, ja lisäksi mukana on tietynlainen poliittinen aspekti; esimerkiksi taloa kunnostamaan saapuneiden lättähattujen raggarimaista käytöstä selitetään sillä, että heillä "ei ole työtä, ei toivoa, ei tulevaisuutta" (s. 114) ja "kapitalistinen järjestelmä riistää heitä" (s. 78)."Kummitusluostari" on melko mielenkiintoinen tapaus, joka saattaa olla niin aikaan ja paikkaan sidottu, ettei sille löydy enää lukijakuntaa muista kuin nostalgiannälkäisistä aikuisista.

  • M.
    2019-01-16 04:46

    Set in England. Maggi's mother died 2 years ago leaving her father despondent and Maggi to care for the house and her two younger brothers. Her father's construction business is in trouble since he is sunk in sorrow, the blousy housekeeper/babysitter he's hired to watch Maggi and her brothers has set her matrimonial sights on him and does no housekeeping, and Maggi has to do all the shopping, cooking, and housework. Then, right when school is ending, her father gets an offer to repair an old abbey/mansion in Cheshire. Desperate to get him away from the predacious housekeeper, Maggi convinces him to accept the offer and the family moves away to live in the abbey while the work is being done. Additional characters include Ms. MacFarlane, secretary of the trust which owns the abbey, and a group of juvenile delinquents on some sort of court-ordered work release who create havoc. Gradually Maggi comes to realize that the ancient abbey has a sort of self awareness and an ability to protect itself. For example, the lead hooligan gets his comeuppance when he tries to destroy part of the outside of the building.It's not clear why 12-year old Maggi is responsible for all chores, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and child care re her brothers with the dad cheering her on--"That's my Maggi, a great cook." Some of the juvenile delinquents are chilling in their complete lack of empathy or interest, young sociopaths in the making, "controlled" by a completely ineffective idiot who mouths complacencies about their poor upbringings and (self-fulling) lack of future means of employment--but the house takes care of them! A budding romance between Ms. MacFarlane and Maggi's dad is a sweet solution to the dad's despondency. So...stereotypical characters. Still, it's an interesting story with a nice build-up to Maggi's gradual realization of the building's paranormal abilities and her efforts to protect her family and learn the secrets of the abbey.

  • Gale
    2019-01-07 10:42

    DON'T MESS WITH THIS PLACE: IT COULD KILL YOU!Twelve-year-old Maggi has her hands full in this English ghost story; everything from insolent louts and anachronistic ectoplasm to malevolent architecture. Having taken over as the Little Missus when her Mam died, she has to deal with a gone-to-seed carpenter father, horrid younger twin brothers, and a lazy floozy of a housekeeper with designs on Dad. Naturally father and daughter jump at the chance to refurbish an old abbey/house in Cheshire for an eager contractor friend, who believes in the Past. But who knows what awaits their arrival in their hopeful innocence for a new life? More than the schoolmarmish secretary for the Marigold Trust...To be sure--the new place has ghosts as well as a sinister conscience. Maggi learns to be kind to the house and respectful of its ancient contents. Soon she starts talking To the house (so it won't consider her an enemy), for she has realized its power of retribution. Aye, this is one abbey that can take care of itself. I hope you are good at reading dialect, for it's quite a challenge for Yankee readers to decipher the meanings of British phrases, not to mention imagine in our mind's ear the sound of Dad's broad Tyneside accent. Nevertheless, this is an interesting read about a young girl's attempts to preserve her family in the face of supernatural forces. Will she ever discover the Abbey's true secret and win its approval? Girls 10-14 will enjoy this book, but be warned: don't mess with old teddy bears!(October 30, 2010. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  • A.E. Shaw
    2018-12-25 02:58

    Robert Westall is definitively the reason I have a problem with over-commaing. Somehow I missed this book in my childhood, so it's the first time I've read it, now. Without the attachment of memory, the dialect-heavy opening is a little tougher than in his other books, but, like all his stories, for me, once it's begun, it rolls right along and you don't want to leave it for a moment just in case something happens whilst you're not looking.Still, as his books go, whilst there's a sense of impending and actual horror at times, it isn't the most appealing to read, nor the most interesting. The characters are well-drawn and the realism is certainly there; there are aspects of this book that would've been best left in the eighties, but sadly found their way out. Not the worst read, but not something I'm keen to keep, nor a thing I'd recommend.

  • Ainsley
    2018-12-26 10:48

    I thought I'd read nearly all of Westall's books and short stories, so coming upon this one that had somehow slipped through my net was a pleasure. Not up there with Westall classics like Devil on the Road, Cats of Seroster, The Scarecrows, or The Machinegunners, but I have such a soft spot for all of his writing that I'm giving it 4 stars out of author loyalty (rounding up from the three and a half it should probably get, if goodreads would let one give half stars).

  • Orrin Grey
    2019-01-22 09:07

    While this was no Stones of Muncaster Cathedral, I liked it a lot more than Yaxley's Cat. We had another fretful protagonist here, but she was also clever and capable and at all effective at anything, which was a big improvement. And there was a building-with-a-life-of-its-own, which I'm a big sucker for.

  • RumBelle
    2019-01-01 09:04

    This book was so bizarre to me, and a real let down, especially in the area of it being a ghost story. I think, more than anything, it was a product of it's time, the late 1980's in England, though it seemed to be set in the late 1970's. More than anything, I felt it was a way to voice issues over social concerns. Also, at time the language and descriptions of things seemed a little adult for children. The ghost aspect of it was sorely lacking. All in all, not a recommended ghost story.

  • Mariah
    2018-12-30 09:44

    This is one of many books I read as a child. For some reason I kept it, so I decided to reread and find out why. I'm still not sure. The story was engaging enough but pretty superficial. There's not fascinating story to explain why the abbey is haunted. It's just trying to save itself from demolition. I prefer a more intricate backstory.

  • Terri
    2018-12-25 09:44

    Such an enjoyable little book. As another reviewer has stated, it is a comfort read- somthing to read and enjoy and not have to analyze. This is the type of book that I would love to be able to write. I appreciated that the author gave a lot of depth to the main character- more than I really expected her to have.

  • Melisa
    2019-01-06 05:58

    Well this just threw me back to my childhood! This book popped up on my Goodreads and the memories came flooding back. Guess my taste in books hasn't changed much in the past thirty-ish years;) This one may have to be a reread as an adult. Always fun to see how your perspective changes as you grow up.

  • Denise Spicer
    2019-01-09 03:54

    Maggi and her twin brothers get to go to an old abbey when their widowed contractor dad is hired to help fix it up. Ghostly occurrences, a scary storm and an unusual treasure from the past enliven the plot.

  • Chelsea Pittman
    2019-01-17 08:09

    Cute little ghost story. Not scary.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-21 05:58

    i really loved this book

  • Abigail
    2019-01-05 03:58

    A girl named Maggi who moved to a spooky Abbey with her dad and her two brothers.

  • Relaynie
    2019-01-24 09:09

    ghosts,big houses,supernatural

  • Megan
    2018-12-26 10:54

    I came across this book when I was in junior high.For some odd reason, I'd go back and read it every summer. I'm a huge fan.