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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe | Penelope Lively
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I have come backe to this towne. Thos. Kempe Bottles have been smashed, doors slammed and strange messages scrawled everywhere. And James is being blamed. It’s not fair. Why won’t his parents believe in ghosts? Because the ghost of Thomas Kempe is very real. And he’s got it in for James ... ‘A great year-round read’ The Independent
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LeahBergen
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe | Penelope Lively
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I‘ve been out of town for the last week and that means exploring new bookshops! I found this treasure (and a few others 😄).

I‘m sure @batsy will approve. 😉

#FolioSociety

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😀📚Pretty! 2mo
whatshesreadingnow Beautiful cover 💙 2mo
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batsy I so approve! 😁 Such a sweet story and that's a gorgeous edition 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A I love your town saunterings! 😍 2mo
TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Centique It‘s beautiful! 2mo
saresmoore Hooray! 2mo
Aimeesue Great find! 😍 2mo
Tamra Very appealing! 2mo
Sarah83 Looks great 😍 2mo
Reviewsbylola So beautiful! 2mo
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batsy
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"James looked at him and tried to imagine him as one of those large, shaggy, responsible-looking dogs that carry folded up newspapers and shopping baskets. Tim, squat, square and mongrel, grinned back, independent and unobliging."

Tim is James's #pet dog in this 1973 children's classic. Tim only devotes himself to food, dirt, sleep, and relaxation ?? #goodboy

#maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

LeahBergen The Famous Five dog‘s name is Tim, too. And so is my husband‘s. 😂🤣😂🤣 12mo
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batsy
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The first book that came to mind because it's literally about #AChildWithTheGhost 👻 A delightful book with one of the most delightfully doglike dogs in fiction. #nuyear @TrishB @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts 👻Boo @Batsy I‘d like to read about this dog 👍🏻 (edited) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a delightful read. Stacked. 1y
batsy Tim is a great dog @Cathythoughts not nearly enough of him in the book 🐶 1y
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm A chance purchase from BookXcess 😉 1y
LeahBergen That‘s a nice little edition! 1y
batsy Thanks @LeahBergen it's the Egmont Heritage imprint, these editions are quite lovely 1y
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batsy
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe | Penelope Lively
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I loved this! A delightful, charming book about a boy & his ghost 👻. I bought it as a gift but could not stop reading once I had started. Lively's prose is, well, lively (sorry) & the book is shot through with generosity of spirit, wit, humour, & warmth. It was the perfect diversion from the Icelandic chill of Independent People; although I'm loving IP, it's also a heavy book & this was light without being trite. How a children's book should be!

rubyslippersreads Sounds charming! 1y
shawnmooney What a LIVELY review! 😛 1y
batsy @rubyslippersreads It is! I think you'll like it 😊 1y
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batsy @shawnmooney Shawn!!! 1y
shawnmooney 😂😂 1y
batsy @shawnmooney 😂😂😘 1y
rohit-sawant This sounds wonderful! 1y
batsy @rohit-sawant It truly was 😊 I'll have to check out her adult novels, too 1y
LauraBrook Excellent review, as always. And funnily, I bought this for my mom (same edition!) this Christmas - she already read it and shoved it in my hands! Guess I‘m meant to read it. 1y
LauraBrook Lively is becoming one of my favorite authors. I read Going Back last year and it was like a wonderful sort of fever dream. 1y
batsy @LauraBrook How cool is that! I hope you enjoy it 😊And I looked up Going Back and I see that I had liked your review (and that cover!) It sounds absolutely up my street, will try to hunt down a lovely vintage copy if possible ❤️ 1y
Suet624 Wow. You‘ve now “made” me stack 3 books. Like I need that!!! 1y
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