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Poor Tom's Ghost [PDF / EPUB] Poor Tom's Ghost When the Nicholas family first sees the derelict old house near London that has been left to them in Aunt Deb's will they are sadly disappointed Thirteen year old Roger's disappointment is greatest si When the Nicholas family first sees the derelict old house near London that has been left to them in Aunt Deb's will they are sadly disappointed Thirteen year old Roger's disappointment is greatest since having moved place to place all his Poor Tom's Epub / life with his gifted actor father he longs for some measure of stability Then Roger and his father discover under peeling wallpaper and rotted paneling traces of a much older graceful house and their misgivings disappear— until that night the house is filled with a sound of wild grieving that Roger traces to an empty room Only Roger— and later his small stepsister Pippa— sees the ghosts among them that of Tom Garland a well known actor in Shakespeare's time But Roger's father playing Hamlet in the famous National Theatre is caught up unknowingly in Tom's old tragedy It is a frightened Roger who has to risk his life to find a way to mend the past before the present becomes its tragic echo Poor Tom's Ghost dramatic wholly convincing a fascinating intermingling of the centuries portrays a family whose uncertain bonds are tested and strengthened by a threat from the past.


7 thoughts on “Poor Tom's Ghost

  1. says:

    Rating Clarification 45 StarsA very sophisticated YA book; it read like an adult book then one geared towards middle schoolers Published in the 1970's by the author of one of my favorite books as a child Parsley Sage Rosemary and Time Jane Curry is an expert in imaginative time travel storytelling and she knows how to make the past in this case the early 17th century sound authenticIt's a shame Curry didn't turn her hand to adult writing no doubt she would have written some intriguing books As it is her YA offerings are pretty wonderful in their own rightLooking forward to expanding my backlist with this talented author


  2. says:

    Interesting take on time travel and historical research Roger's father actor Tony inherits a house from his aunt The family Roger Tony stepmother Jo and stepsister Pippa discover that it's not only an Elizabethan home but hauntedReminded me at times of Susan Cooper's King of Shadows and at others of LM Boston's work specifically her second memoir Memory in a House


  3. says:

    I love Jane Louise Curry's books The Sleepers is one of my very favorite middle grade fantasy novels; I still treasure and periodically read a hardback copy that I've owned for over 40 years But I was disappointed in Poor Tom's Ghost It seemed padded and drawn out I much preferred Susan Cooper's King of Shadows; similar theme but a much tighter and gripping story


  4. says:

    Tom must cope with the spirits of a pair of Shakespearean actors brothers one of whom possesses his father while one haunts him


  5. says:

    I had this marked as read but I think I confused the title with Tom's Midnight Garden also British also ghostly time travel because it was in no way familiar The only other Currys I remember from childhood are The Incredible Shrinking House which I remember disliking plus another that I love Bassumtyte Treasure PTG is on the back flap of my ex library copy of BT so I sought it out even though I read Stolen Life as an adult and thought it weak A haunted old British house that merits an indifferent meh that's a weak book too


  6. says:

    Roger hopes the house inherited by his actor father will become his family's permanent base but not only is the house in poor repair it has ghosts including an actor from Shakespeare's time Thirteen year old Roger must solve their problems before this house can become a home


  7. says:

    A great haunting story with the importance of the love of family


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