Author(s) Cornelia Funke
Original title Geister Ritter
Translator Oliver Latsch
Illustrator Friedrich Hechelmann (German)

Andrea Offermann (English)

Publisher(s) Dressler (Germany)

The Chicken House (UK)
Little, Brown and Company (US)

Publication date August 1, 2011
English publication date May 1st 2012
ISBN ISBN 0-316-05614-6
Summary Elven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of SSir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school.

Ghost Knight (published in Germany on 2011 under the title Geister Ritter) is a novel by German author Cornelia Funke.



For Ella Wigram, who was my inspiration for the heroine in this story.

I couldn't have invented a better one.


Für Ella Wigram, die das Vorbild für die Heldin der Geschichte war.

Ich hätte keine bessere erfinden



Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?


"Bitte, horte ich mich flüstern. Die Worte kamen wie von selbst. Bitte, William Longspee. Hilf mir."

Und plotzlich horte ich Shcritte. Klirrende Shcritte, wie von Eisenshuhen. Ich drehte mich um.

Und da stand er.

Jon Whitcroft hat es schwer. Seine Mutter und ihr neuer Freund schicken ihn aufs Internat nach Salisbury. Stromender Regen, dunkle Gernauer, enge Flure, fremdde Gesichter und ein Zimmer, das er sich mit zwei Mitschulern teilen muss. Jon ahnt nicht, dass dies bald seine geringsten Sorgen sein werden. Denn in seiner sechsten Nacht im Internat erscheinen plotzlich drei Geister unter dem Fenster scines Zimmers und starren zu lhm herauf.

Zum Gluck gibt es jernanden in Salisbury, der sich bestens mit Geistern auskennt...

Detailed Plot SummaryEdit

Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft is sent to Salisbury Cathedral School, the boarding school his late father used to attend, on account of all the pranks he plays on Matthew Littlejohn, his mother's boyfriend. He is put in a room with two other boarders, Angus Mulroney and Stuart Crenshaw.

After two meetings with a pack of vengeful ghosts who intend to murder him, Jon attracts the attentions of Ella Littlejohn, whose grandmother, Zelda Littlejohn, does ghost tours for tourists. When Jon visits Zelda's house in hopes that she will be able to help him get rid of the ghosts. They find out that the ghosts want to kill him due to their leader, Charles Stourton, being hanged along with four servants for murdering William Hartgill and his son John, thus now Stourton is intent on murdering all their descendants, particularly males.

Ella, hearing this from Zelda, suggests they try calling on the ghost of the deceased William Longspee, who was said to still be trying to fulfill an oath he made a short while before dying to protect those in need. Longspee appears to Jon's summons and Ella manages to persuade him to help Jon. Longspee brands Jon with a mark of a lion, stating that if he closed his hand over the crest, Longspee will be there to help.