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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase | [Joan Aiken]

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease.
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Publisher's Summary

Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease.

With the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp?

©2012 Joan Aiken (P)2012 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"This year can boast one genuine small masterpiece. . . . The Wolves of Willoughby Chase . . . is almost a copybook lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess: charm, a style of its own, the skill and authority to create a small world without writing down to small readers." (Time Magazine)

"It's a funny book. The language is so fantastically right." (School Library Journal)

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    Catherine Burkittsville, MD, United States 11-05-12
    Catherine Burkittsville, MD, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Charming!"

    This is a beautifully read Gothic tale for young people, fun for adults, too. Think The Secret Garden plus Dickens with just a dash of alternative world: those wolves!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Vance USA 06-20-14
    J. Vance USA 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Perfect Story"
    If you could sum up The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Exciting, Satisfying


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it


    Any additional comments?

    This book is every bit as good as I remember it being when I read it as a child, and an equally compelling, sweet read for an adult. A good book for parents and children to listen to together, it is by turns thrilling, frightening, and ultimately quite happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 09-28-13
    Lisa LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspenseful, Superb."
    If you could sum up The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping tale told masterfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bonnie and Jane, of course.


    What does Lizza Aiken bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The charming English accent! The fact that she mentions the book was written by her mother was meaningful to me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A fearful turn of events experienced with a true friend in the setting of a quaint English manor and countryside...(long tag line)


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    We enjoyed this excellent book and were very pleased with the audio version.

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