The Ghost's Child

The Ghost's Child

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Maddy, an elderly woman, returns home to find a strange boy waiting for her, and she tells him the story about when she fell in love with a man named Feather, who put aside his old existence to live with her in a cottage and conceived a child with her--who was never to be born--and left, which caused Maddy to follow him across the sea.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763639648
Branch Call Number: HARTNETT S
PZ7.H267387 Gh 2008
Characteristics: 176 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 06, 2011

This was a good book. I loved the story telling and even though the ending was a little sad, it was kind of nice for her. I was a little disappointed how things ended up between her and feather. But it is a powerful story about love.

Jan 27, 2011

The Ghost’s Child, by Sonya Hartnett, is a wonderful book about a child’s fairy-tale life, told form the point of view of the girl as an old woman. In her imaginary life, she meets a boy, falls in love, and marries him, but he is always looking toward the horizon, wanting to be free. After he leaves her, she must go on a magical journey to find him and figure out why he left. Addressing themes of memory, love, heartache, and fulfillment, this book is a great choice for anyone in middle through high school. Even though it is a relatively short book, much is contained in its pages.

quagga Sep 19, 2009

Matilda, an old woman in her 70s, tells a young boy her amazing life story. As a girl, Maddy was a solitary child with emotionally distant, though wealthy, parents. Her only confidante was a nargun, a creature of stone from Australian mythology. Maddy falls in love with an unusual boy. They make a life together, for a time. But, as often happens in real life, two people who love each other can have different paths in life. It is the parting of ways from her loved ones that has a profound impact on Maddy and what shapes the woman she is to become.

Matilda hesitates at some points in her story because of her audience. The boy is not much interested in love, being too young. In another place, "She did not know how far a child should be invited into the world of his elders. With its hard laws and complicated outcomes, the grown-up world was not a good place for children."

A book that explores existential questions in luminous prose. Perfect for thoughtful teens or adults who are looking for something similar to (and much better than) Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist or Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull.


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whiteshadow13 Jan 31, 2012

When a mysterious child appears in her living room one day, the elderly Maddy tells him the story of her love for the wild and free-spirited Feather, who tried but failed to live a conventional life with her, and her search for him on a fantastical voyage across the seas.


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