Jason Bodger is the boss of class 4Z and the terror of student teachers, until the fateful day when 4Z visit the Priory. While the rest of the class see an ancient building with a few medieval relics, Jason sees a girl walking towards him on a non-existent beam, and is never the same again.
Eight centuries before, Mathilda de Chetwynde is born in her father's castle. Ignored by her sisters, she grows up beautiful and daring, roaming the forest until her father returns home from the Crusades with his villainous heir, Antacill.
Then begins the series of disasters that will consign Mathilda to a convent and bring her so strangely into contact with Jason Bodger ...
Gene Kemp always writes superbly about dreadful boys and independent-willed girls. Here, in the fabulous and strange story of Jason Bodger and the Priory Ghost, Jason and Mathilda meet in a version of the Middle Ages that has a wild and vivid comic poetry all of its own.
Gene Kemp has established herself as one of the most inventive and imaginative of British children's writers. She was born in 1926 and grew up in Staffordshire. After studying at Exeter University she taught, married and had three children. She is best-known for her Cricklepit School stories, including The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, a winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Rights Award, Charlie Lewis Plays for Time, which was runner-up for the Whitbread Award in 1985, and Just Ferret, which was a runner-up for the Smarties Award in 1990. In addition, she has written The Clock Tower Ghost, Jason Bodger and the Priory Ghost (short stories) and a poetry anthology. She also writes for TV and radio. In 1984 she was awarded an honorary degree for her books, which have been translated into numerous languages. She lives in Devon.