An Enemy at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #5) by L.M. Boston

An Enemy at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #5)

L. M. Boston's thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century. Now the children of Green Knowe--both alive and ghostly--are back in appealing new editions. The spooky original illustrations have been retained, but dramatic new cover art by Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events) gives the books a fresh, t...


Details An Enemy at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #5)

TitleAn Enemy at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #5)
ISBN9780152024819
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Release DateApr 1st, 2002
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Fiction, Classics, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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Reviews An Enemy at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #5)

  • Shayne
    1970-01-01
    “Enemy at Green Knowe” is the penultimate book in the Green Knowe series. I’m very impressed by the writing in this series. Lucy Boston felt that children shouldn’t be talked down to in books written for them. She said :“I believe children, even the youngest, love good language, and that they see, feel, understand and communicate more, not less, than grownups. Therefore, I never write down to them, but try to evoke that new, brilliant a...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    1970-01-01
    I usually like the Green Knowe books, and I adore L.M. Boston's writing style. However, this one is NOT a favorite. The depiction of black magic is just too close to truth for comfort. I would NOT give this one to children to read. Scary stuff.
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    By far the best and creepiest of the Green Knowe books. Made reading the first four titles worthwhile. Brrrr.
  • Hilary
    1970-01-01
    Another anomaly in the Green Knowe series: it's SCARY. If 'Stranger' had too little magic, 'Enemy' has too much of it: dark, spiteful, evil, black magic that nearly overcomes Mrs Oldknow, that takes everything that Tolly and Ping can throw at it, and that's even almost too strong for Green Knowe itself. In fact, forget scary it's downright terrifying, and if I'd read it when I was a kid I would probably still be having nightmares. Another anom...
  • Belinda
    1970-01-01
    This was my favourite of Lucy M Boston's series.The baddy is so nasty, the deeds so bad, that it's hard to put the book down - I just wanted her to get her comeuppance.Tolly and Ping are great together.I was surprised at how black the magic gets and where the heck is Orlando? When the cats arrived he'd have been invaluable.It seems odd that Boston has simply written Tolly's dog out of these books.Apart from these niggles it is a great read.
  • Ivonne Rovira
    1970-01-01
    An Enemy at Green Knowe provides a steep departure for L.M. Boston, more Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or The Magic Thief than like any of her previous gentle books, which resemble The Water Babies or Alice in Wonderland. First of all — hooray! — Toseland, nicknamed Tolly, returns in An Enemy at Green Knowe, as does his great-grandmother, Mrs. Oldknow. The latter adopted the refugee Ping, who appeared without Tolly in two previous Gre...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I am rereading this now, and I'm happy to be doing so. Although "The Children of Green Knowe" will always be my favorite in the series, Boston never writes less than beautifully. If all the "Green Knowe" books are marvellous, this one is set apart by the sense of evil it conveys. Tolly and Ping have come back to the manor house for the end of the summer when their Grand Mother receives a visitor, the scholar Melanie Powers. Ms. Powers is more tha...
  • iamtedae
    1970-01-01
    Part of a six-book series, this book is uniquely entertaining: magical, surprising, and a little, just a little, frightening, it capitalizes on the feeling that the oldest houses keep some of their history within their walls. This is the most frightening of the books in this series; while I still read it alongside the rest of the books, it was perhaps a little too scary for me at that young age. However, I did enjoy it very much reading it now. T...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    1970-01-01
    This was the best Green Knowe book so far because it really brought everything from the earlier books together. The new aspect was extremely exciting, but I found the final resolution to be kind of unsatisfying. There were several elements that were introduced that could have been utilized better.Where the heck is Boggis, anyway? He just happens to go on vacation this time - was he in any book other than the first? For a longtime (multi-generatio...
  • Toni Wyatt
    1970-01-01
    The best so far in the series. I loved the interaction between the two boys and Mrs. Oldknow. It had just the right amount of magical fantasy mixed with thrills and suspense. Any young child between the ages of 8 and 14 would enjoy this read.
  • Lexi
    1970-01-01
    I'm not a fan of the creepy overtones of this book. Mrs. Oldknowe says that Green Knowe is "under siege," and the reader experiences all of the deprivation and intensity of a siege without any of the attendant wonder of the previous four books.
  • Rachel Slocombe
    1970-01-01
    For a children's book this is pretty creepy. We've moved on from friendly ghosts and visiting gorillas to plagues of maggots, attempted murder and demonic possession. The end is very Lovecraftian! Definitely recommend.
  • Isabelle
    1970-01-01
    I am in two minds about this book. I like some of it, but I find there is too much of a discrepancy between the horrible character (the enemy) and the inhabitants of Green KNowe. What I am trying to say is that the Enemy is really horrible and frightening, but the Old lady and the children are only mildly scared so it's like there is something not quite right. In a way, I had the same feeling for the first book of the series. It seems to me that ...
  • BookSweetie
    1970-01-01
    This is number FIVE of a SIX-part series (Six is the STONES OF GREEN KNOWE) featuring the ancient house Green Knowe that's based upon an actual English house where author Lucy Boston lived: The Manor at Hemingford Grey built in the 1130s complete with moat and gardens is one of the oldest continuously occupied houses in Britain.Wonderful pictures of the house and the town are available online for readers who search Hemingford Grey (a village) an...
  • Karl Orbell
    1970-01-01
    The Green Knowe books are always a pleasure to read. The love the author Lucy Boston has for her house and for children is evident on every page of each book and it is an infectious quality. This, combined with clever tales melding history and the supernatural, or the extraordinary, make the series well worth picking up.After, The River At Green Knowe and A Stranger At Green Knowe, which were primarily focussed on present day oddities and were ra...
  • Kira
    1970-01-01
    I think I enjoyed this book more than any of the books in this series after The Children of Green Knowe. It might be because Tolly is back (not that the last two were horribly bad, but I missed him). The villain is more ominous than the challenges or situations in the past three books, though Melanie is perhaps not as fear-invoking as Green Noah was. I was left wondering where Toby, Alexander, and Linnet were hiding...perhaps they are shy of Ping...
  • Tinika
    1970-01-01
    Green Knowe is a very special place where the past touches the present and the fantastic can be found everywhere. I read the first four books of the series many deades ago and recall liking them though I can no longer conjure up too many details. I recently became aware that there were actually six books in the series so picked this one up, partly as a memory jog and partly to see how Ms. Boston's writing has stood up to the test of time. (Very w...
  • Elinor Loredan
    1970-01-01
    As I had hoped, this series picks up after the disappointing River and Stranger. I like Tolly and Ping together, as, as usual, Mrs. Oldknow, as well as some statements about atmosphere and magic. There's some nice creepiness as well, but I found the ending rather anticlimactic. Moreover, there are a lot of unanswered questions: What exactly did Melanie want with the book and the Persian looking-glass? Was she really 'evil', or did she just have s...
  • P.D.R. Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    This is a scary spooky story from the Green Knowe series. It's a good one to read aloud with your children. Again it is well written and a pleasure to read.Mrs Oldknow tells Tolly and Ping the story of the 17thC alchemist who arrived as a tutor and vanished within a few months in strange and peculiar circumstances. The very next day a weird and nasty woman arrives seeking the alchemist's books. And she won't take no for an answer. She is sure the...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    There are many odd things that happen at Green Knowe, but this is the first book where some truly terrifying and dangerous events occur. A true "bad guy" shows up in the character of Melanie Powers, who is in search of old books that might be hidden in Green Knowe. The descriptions that Boston gives for this character are just downright creepy. Her strange, hesitant walk, the instance where we retreats from Green Knowe on all fours, and the eerie...
  • Kay Carman
    1970-01-01
    Fifth in the Green Knowe series, this one was too creepy for me. The villainess isn't only evil, but satanic. Description from Wikipedia: "This novel takes a darker turn than previous novels in the series. Both Tolly and Ping are staying at Green Knowe. Mrs. Oldknow tells them the story of Doctor Vogel, a tutor and necromancer who came to a diabolical end at Green Knowe centuries before. The next day, Professor Melanie D. Powers appears, hunting ...
  • Brooke
    1970-01-01
    This one was so spooky I loved it. It's very different from the rest of the series but it is really good too. It is different because usually the books don't really have a real villain or anything, they are just all imagination. But in this book there's an actual villain and she uses really bad witchcraft to try to influence Tolly and Granny. Parents might not go for this if they are the type of parent who disaproves of Harry Potter and other mag...
  • Dwallace
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed the book because of the author's writing style and because it was in the Green Knowe series. I didn't like it as well as the other books in the series because of the topic of witchcraft and evil. However, I must say that it is good to show evil and how it affects the person allowing themselves to be influenced by evil.
  • Alaina Sloo
    1970-01-01
    The chills are back in book five of the wonderfully spooky Green Knowe series. Read the first book in the series, The Children of Green Knowe first. Great for grades 3-5. The Children of Green Knowe
  • Ivan
    1970-01-01
    L. M. Boston is one of the best authors ever. This is the fifth book in the Green Knowe series and it's almost as good as the first. The difference with this novel is that it's scary - very scary. Again the prose is simply gorgeous; the woman has a way with words. I don't usually get into "series" books - and I've read these over a few years - but these are outstanding in every way.
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    Nick and I have loved all the books in this series. One of the things I appreciate about them is that each book has its own mood and plot, distinct from the others. This one is spooky, as black magic is brought to bear against Green Knowe and its inhabitants. Tolly, Ping and Mrs. Oldknowe must use the house's magic and their own wits and daring to defend themselves.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Genre: Modern fiction, middle readerThis was a captivating and intersting story. It has wonderful characters and a great storyline. It can be scary at times and may not be suitable for all readers in this group. I do think many readers will enjoy the vivid details and wonderful writing of this author. It is easy to get lost in the book and not stop until the reader has completed it.
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    This title is a bit different than the other Green Knowe books. I found it a bit scary actually, and I would warn parents that they might want to check this one out before they hand it over to a small child. As you would expect, the good guys win, but not before some really awful stuff happens.
  • Siobhan
    1970-01-01
    I loved the other all the books in the series. I felt like the author sort had lost the plot. It was very strange and distrubing. The main problem though was I felt it didn't seem to fit in with the rest of series.