Occhi di gufo

Occhi di gufo

Margaret Mahy Veruschka Bramante / Dec 07, 2019

Occhi di gufo Un giorno uscendo da scuola Barney si accorge che il mondo intorno a lui vibra e oscilla e capisce al volo che stanno per tornare le apparizioni Stavolta per a visitarlo non sono le amichevoli c

  • Title: Occhi di gufo
  • Author: Margaret Mahy Veruschka Bramante
  • ISBN: 9788804426257
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Un giorno, uscendo da scuola, Barney si accorge che il mondo intorno a lui vibra e oscilla, e capisce al volo che stanno per tornare le apparizioni Stavolta, per , a visitarlo non sono le amichevoli creature che avevano allietato la sua infanzia, ma il fantasma di un bambino sconosciuto, dietro il quali si cela l inquietante presenza di un prozio materno da tempo scomparsUn giorno, uscendo da scuola, Barney si accorge che il mondo intorno a lui vibra e oscilla, e capisce al volo che stanno per tornare le apparizioni Stavolta, per , a visitarlo non sono le amichevoli creature che avevano allietato la sua infanzia, ma il fantasma di un bambino sconosciuto, dietro il quali si cela l inquietante presenza di un prozio materno da tempo scomparso Ma davvero morto, il prozio Cole E perch la sua stessa madre, la terribile bisnonna Scholar, si comporta come se volesse perfino cancellarne il ricordo E, soprattutto, a chi appartengono i passi che rimbombano ossessivi nella mente di Barney, e di chi sono quei grandi occhi gialli che brillano nel buio Non sar facile scoprire la verit e, prima di riuscirci, Barney e le sue sorelle dovranno abbattere il muro di silenzio eretto intorno al magico segreto della famiglia Scholar

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      • Margaret Mahy Veruschka Bramante

        Margaret Mahy was a well known New Zealand author of children s and young adult books While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.Her books The Haunting and The Changeover A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association There have 100 children s books, 40 novels, and 20 collections of her stories published Among her children s books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afrikaans In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Icelandic.For her contributions to children s literature she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand The Margaret Mahy Medal Award was established by the New Zealand Children s Book Foundation in 1991 to provide recognition of excellence in children s literature, publishing and literacy in New Zealand In 2006 she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award known as the Little Nobel Prize in recognition of a lasting contribution to children s literature.Margaret Mahy died on 23 July 2012 On 29 April 2013, New Zealand s top honour for children s books was renamed the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.For information, please see enpedia wiki Margaret


    1. If I could use one word to describe this novel it would be - odd. Which makes it genuinely discordant and spooky for a psychological drama, dotted with very beautiful chilling descriptions but the strange choice to make the novel carry itself entirely on dialogue means it runs out of steam very fast, at the expense of plot and story development. If the novel was a play, it would consist of one act! Seriously, ONE thing happens in the entire story and it's predictable at that. I don't doubt the q [...]

    2. This won the Carnegie Medal in 1982. It was a creepy little story, but not too scary. It would be a good Halloween read for upper elementary and perhaps early middle school, even though the protagonist is only eight years old. I was curious about the film version after seeing it mentioned by other reviewers, so I had to order it. The book was adapted for screen by the author and filmed in her native New Zealand. (The title was slightly altered to "The Haunting of Barney Palmer".)It was loyal to [...]

    3. I found this on a bookshelf at home and read it on the two-hour train journey back to uni. I was attracted by the peculiar cover design, narrow spine, and the fact that it had WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL printed on the back in orange letters. The author, Margaret Mahy, paints a realistic portrait of family-life. She writes with a captivating style which is a joy to read. There's some lovely snippets of wisdom to take away too, such as:"Even when you half-know things are true, hearing them said [...]

    4. This book, published in 1982, won the Carnegie Medal and is a nice spooky tale for middle grade children, with a difference. It is quite short being a children's book from the era when such books were fairly short, but tells the tale of a quiet boy, Barney, who just wants to be normal but to whom extraordinary things begin to happen. It starts when he is coming home from school and is confronted on the way by what appears to be a lifesize paper model of a Victorian boy which then tells him Barna [...]

    5. The book is written from the point of view of Barney, who I guess is about 10 or 11 years old and feels that he is being haunted by his mysterious Great Uncle Cole, whom he has never met. He is frightened as any child would be and Mahy really manages to convey his fear with ease. I actually felt like a child whilst reading it and it took me back to the ghost stories of my childhood, such as The Haunting of Cassie Palmer by Vivien Alcock. Barney confides in his sister, Tabitha, who is shocked by [...]

    6. I was thoroughly charmed by Mahy's storytelling. She creates vivid, believable characters, while creating a compellingly magical world coloured with all the joy and painful challenges of being human and relating to others. I'm racking my brains trying to think of kids I know who'd enjoy this. This is exactly the kind of writing I was always thrilled to dig up in the library when I was small -- hell, I loved it now. Like all gifted storytellers, Mahy writes for anyone who likes a good tale.This b [...]

    7. This book I read in a book club to me the guy on the cover looked like harry styles to me also I know who is really on the cover I don't want to spoil the book. So anyway about the book I read it while playing on my laptop because the book is moving and thrilling but I don't think it's much of a horror story because it's not that scary. I have given it four stars because I was expecting it to be a bit more scary.

    8. Very well written. Every chapter had you wanting to know more and what would happen. Would only be suitable for year 6 and depending on their maturity level. Would be great for predictive writing and becoming the characters.

    9. The Palmers and ScholarsBarnaby or Barney Palmer is 8 years old and is facing “The Haunting” of this title. On my reread of this recipient of the Carnegie Medal in 1982, the language was dated (even for 1982?) but the story still remains fresh.Barney’s sisters, Tabitha and Troy, and stepmother, Claire, are sympathetic to him. However, Barney can’t find a way out of his predicament when the haunting commences with the vision of a speaking ghost of a boy in blue velvet of his own age. What [...]

    10. I found this book hard to get into and although I found the story a little creepy, I would consider using the book with Key Stage 2. I feel the books themes of sorcery and ghosts could be contrasted with the more modern magical world of Harry Potter. Children could also create their own ghost/mystery stories or consider rewriting parts of the text from the other siblings points of view.

    11. Barney is the youngest of three, born after sisters Tabitha and Troy. His mother died after giving birth to him, so he is very worried about his stepmother, Claire, as she is expecting a baby soon and he fears losing her as well. When, on his way home from school, Barney encounters a ghostly boy in blue velvet who keeps talking about the death of someone named Barnaby and how lonely he will be now, he tries to keep it to himself. That night, however, he faints when he learns that his own Uncle B [...]

    12. 8-year-old Barney sees a ghost one day after school, who haunts him with the message of "Barnaby's dead! And I'm going to be very lonely!" The family soon learns of a Scholar family curse of magicians and their lost great-uncle, who is the ghost that is haunting Barney.Back around 1989, the Disney Channel aired nights of Halloween specials. Included in the mix was "The Haunting of Barney Palmer," a made-for-tv movie about a young New Zealand boy that was being haunted by the ghost of his great-u [...]

    13. On his way home from school eight year-old Barney discovers he is being haunted, and not much later he learns his great-uncle Barnaby (whom he was named after) has died. But he soon learns that Barnaby isn't the one haunting him, rather, the haunting is related to a secret about relationships, inheritances, and family.Have I mentioned how fond I am of Margaret Mahy? The Haunting won her the Carnegie Medal in 1982. She's a wonderful writer - I love her sentences. Here are a few:"When, suddenly, o [...]

    14. This is my book that I loved in the 1980s. I reread it with my 5th grader. While not as captivating as I remember it being, it's still a good story and we both enjoyed it.

    15. I saw a made-for-TV movie of this story when I was about 7 or 8, and it creeped me out beyond all rationality. Had me terrified of my bedroom mirror, for one thing! I refused to go near it at night, and was even apprehensive of it during the day The memory of this movie, and how eerie and creepy it was, stayed with me for years. Decades, even. When I recently discovered it was a book, well, I just HAD to read it. I mean, I'm an adult now. There's no way something that freaked me out when I was s [...]

    16. I decided to read this because I needed to read a New Zealand author and she is a really good author.This goes under "A book written by a New Zealander" The book is about a little boy called Barney who has ghosts as friends in the past, his mother Dove had died and the family are still grieving. But Barney and his sister have a nice, loving step-mother although Barney blames himself for his mothers death. Claire his step mother is now pregnant but Barney is afraid that if he tells her about the [...]

    17. Published in 1982 this won the Carnegie Medal – deservedly. It's the story of Barney, aged 8, who is being haunted, initially by a boy in a blue velvet suit and then, as ghostly footsteps close in, by a dead great-uncle. The youngest of three children, Barney's mother died giving birth to him, and after seven years of being motherless with a somewhat distant father he now has a stepmother, Claire, whom he adores and who adores him. But Claire is pregnant and Barney knows how dangerous that can [...]

    18. My friend Z and I are re-reading Margaret Mahy's books as a small tribute to one of our favourite writers. 'The Haunting' was our agreed starting point. Having just finished it, my first thoughts are that for such a short book with what seems like a slight, small story, there is so much in this book - it is so very rich in ideas. Its supernatural elements are wonderfully eerie, and for me convincing - but just as convincing are all the complicated currents of families across four generations.Mar [...]

    19. Barney is the youngest in his family of two sisters, a dad and a stepmother. Just an average boy in an average family. When he starts having strange dreams, sightings and experiences that coincide with the death of a great-uncle he isn't sure what to think or do.His older sister, Troy, is distant and a bit reclusive. Tabitha, his middle sister is a note-jotting novelist in training who wants to know everything that is going on. Does he dare let his parents know what strange things are going on?W [...]

    20. This is such a lovely novella. It's told from the perspective of young Barney, for whom his family is the center of his world. Barney adores his step-mother and is a bit in awe of both his older sisters, loud future novelist Tabitha and silent bookish Troy. Barney's real issue is that he is being haunted by a recently rediscovered grand-uncle, Cole but the way the haunting is dealt with is the way any problem a child of eight has is deal with, you tell your siblings and your parents and they hel [...]

    21. I first read The Haunting when I was about ten or eleven years old, and now — almost twenty years later — I was stunned by how much I remembered it. Usually good books leave an imprint of enjoyment on your memory, but such is the potency of Margaret Mahy's writing that I recalled almost every beat of her story. At the same time, there were parts of The Haunting that I could appreciate much more as an adult than as a child.Barney Palmer is a sensitive but ordinary little boy, who is on his wa [...]

    22. Fun read! Not sure if its charm comes from it being a story that's 30+ years old, or if it's cultural (Canadian eyes reading a New Zealand tale), but still very timeless. Today's books tend to come to some sort of "normal" resolve, that it was all a simple misunderstanding, and instead this one turns itself on its head towards the end and leaves it there. Reminds me a lot writing style-wise of The Chrysalids.This story is about a boy being haunted by his Great-Uncle, or so he thinks. The events [...]

    23. A real solid Y.A. book. It has some really great things about it, but in the end I was a little bit disappointed that it didn't have a bit more of an edge. The writing is good, the characters very engaging (this is the best part of it actually), but it did seem a bit predictable at the end. And though I have nothing wrong with a happy ending, I like to feel like the tension has been resolved in not-quite perfect way. Didn't really get there for me.However there are some real highlights to this b [...]

    24. As we say our goodbyes to one of our beloved Kiwi writing icons, I thought I should read her 1982 Carnegie Medal winning story ‘The Haunting’. I’m more familiar with Mahy’s recent fiction, such as the exciting ‘Kaitangata Twitch’, but even though the tale of 8 year old Barney’s haunting is a little more ‘old fashioned’ in tone, the captivating Mahy style comes through. By turns spiky and lyrical, the writing offers a most unusual story of magic and the supernatural. The narrati [...]

    25. I remember reading Victor Kelleher's Del-Del as a child and was thinking of that as I read this greedily in two sittings. This was by far the superior book; I wish I'd gotten around to reading Margaret Mahy's books when I was younger but, as with the best children's literature, there's still a lot of pleasure in reading them as an adult. This was a terribly creepy book, starting with the front cover, which suggests not so much a haunting as demonic possession. The writing is taut, tense and evoc [...]

    26. I found this a challenging book to want to read. I felt that the front cover was off putting due to eerie nature of the eyes. I would consider exploring this story with children in upper KS2 because of the topics it arises. I found it thought provoking with the alternative modern family, and oddly comforting that it portrayed the family with a story line which conveyed that there is a lot under the surface. I would be cautious that it is fairly creepy and may frighten some children, however pers [...]

    27. This book fits my " A book written by a New Zealander " blog on my bingo board. This book is a wonderful book about a shy eight year old boy named Barney Palmer who finds out that one person in every generation in his family has had supernatural powers. In the generation he is in, it seems to be him. He thinks he is being haunted by an uncle that he has never met and he is oppressed by his fate. Lucky for him his sister Tabitha is determined to help him. This book was very enjoyable and I would [...]

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