The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Book - 2012 | 50th anniversary ed
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Surrounded by villains of the first order, brave Bonnie and gentle cousin Sylvia conquer all obstacles in this Victorian melodrama.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Aik
Characteristics: 181 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Aiken, Lizza
Marriott, Pat 1920-


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OPL_JaneS May 03, 2018

A classic of children's literature, this book tells the story of two orphaned cousins who are happy in their posh English countryside lifestyle, until an evil governess descends upon Willoughby Chase and wreaks havoc. Think of this as "A Little Princess" crossed with "A Series of Unfortunate Events". Essential reading for anyone who loves Gothic lit.

Aug 29, 2017

This is one of those amazing books that I love to read over and over and over and over again. While reading the book you really connect with the character. And, by chapter 4, you want to wring that naughty word Miss Slighcarp's neck.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Orphan Sophie goes to live with her cousin Bonnie at the beautiful Willoughby Chase. But when the governess Miss Slighcarp is left in charge things take a turn for the worse.

Jun 14, 2012

This book was so enthralling and different than other books I've read. (in a good way) :)

SB2000 May 04, 2011

A strange, gripping adventure story.

Aug 17, 2010

Willoughby Chase may be an imposing mansion situated on a bleak moor that is teaming with hungry wolves, but indoors everything is cheery. Little Bonnie runs harum-scarum through her big house, beloved of dashing Papa, elegant but sickly Mama, and Pattern the devoted maid. Papa and Mama are embarking on a cruise, but little cousin Sylvia is coming to stay and keep Bonnie company. The two cousins hit it off right away but their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, wastes no time before showing her true colors?cunning, wicked, and cruel. Almost before they can blink, the toys are packed away, the ponies are sold, the helpful servants are dismissed, and Bonnie and Sylvia are declared orphans. Miss Slighcarp sends the girls off to slave away at a horrible school for orphaned girls where they are mistreated, abused, starved, and scolded. But in typical orphan fashion and with the help of a few well-placed allies, Bonnie and Sylvia rally to the challenge. Less snarky in tone and wit than the other books on this list, author Joan Aiken nevertheless delights in heaping burden after burden upon the slender shoulders of her heroines as they face wolves, lawyers, burnt porridge, and more. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the first in a series of plucky-waif-makes-good stories by Aiken (followed by Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket, and others), and all serve as prime examples of the classic orphan tale of woe and redemption.


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