The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Can you go a little faster Can you run Long ago at a time in history that never happened England was overrun with wolves But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover real danger often lies closer t

  • Title: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Author: Joan Aiken Pat Marriot
  • ISBN: 9780099456636
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can you go a little faster Can you run Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn t seem at all nice She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from WillouCan you go a little faster Can you run Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn t seem at all nice She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches

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    1. When Bonnie’s parents leave for a voyage across the sea, she’s left in the care of a strident governess: Miss Slighcarp. Soon joined by her cousin Sylvia, the girls suffer cruel treatment at the hands of their governess and watch as every joyful element of their lives is dismantled. Meanwhile, menacing wolves circle and a strange man joins in Miss Slighcarp’s machinations. If Bonnie & Sylvia are to be free and happy once more, they must turn to an odd boy and his flock of geese for hel [...]

    2. Onvan : The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1) - Nevisande : Joan Aiken - ISBN : 385327900 - ISBN13 : 9780385327909 - Dar 181 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1962

    3. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is best read when young, or by those with the ability to tap into their inner girl.I enjoyed the evil impostors who gleefully inflict child abuse. 'Wolves' is best read by kids who love to feel a bit of self-pity and delicious horror.Bonnie is a bit of a simpering thing and there are lots of mentions of dresses and lace. I didn't care about that. My eyes tend to glaze over fripperies in real life too. (It feels like I'm the only person alive who doesn't notice if s [...]

    4. This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.WHEN I Discovered This ClassicI actually don't think I had heard of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase until I discovered the Vintage Children's Classics, my favourite series of children's classics – I just love the design and the selection of well-known and lesser-known classics! I bought I Capture the Castle in 2012 followed by The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Dark is Rising, Fly Away Home and Charlotte Sometimes in 2013.WHY I Chose to Read It [...]

    5. Those of us who grew up with an affinity for Victorian books, it might have started here, in Joan Aiken's 1962 classic Gothic / Dickensian love note, with its pitch perfect wicked governesses and wretched orphanages and aptronyms and moors and girls who are described as "hoydens," and secret passages, and real dungeons, and all these wolves. When we hit our teens and started reading stuff like Dickens and Wuthering Heights, it felt familiar to us; we'd already been indoctrinated into the rules o [...]

    6. Set in 1832, in an imaginary period of history, where wolves roamed during the snow covered days of winter, Sir Willoughby is preparing to take his wife on a cruise as she is delicate and in need of a rest (raise eyebrows) and their daughter Bonnie is awaiting the arrival of her cousin Sylvia who is to come and live with them. Bonnie's life couldn't be happier with rooms full of toys, a dolls house you can walk inside and devoted servants.until Miss Slighcarp arrives.Miss Slighcarp is a real boo [...]

    7. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a lovely little children’s book with secret passages, an evil governess and a goose boy. I definitely recommend it to little girls who have a mind for adventure. I myself had a little trouble at first getting into it, simply because I’m just not the audience for this. But eventually the adventure took over and I wanted to find out what happens. There’s a weird wackiness in the beginning, which made me chuckle. Wolves jump up and attack the windows on a tra [...]

    8. "It was dusk -- winter dusk. Snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills, and icicles hung from the forest trees. Snow lay piled on the dark road across Willoughby Wold, but from dawn men had been clearing it with brooms and shovels. There were hundreds of them at work, wrapped in sacking because of the bitter cold, and keeping together in groups for fear of the wolves, made savage and reckless from hunger" I dare you not to go on reading after that.I read this book over and over as a kid, [...]

    9. This is terrible but wonderful.It's really a book that was published for young adults or kids, but published in 1962 so the idea of what constitutes entertaining literature for youngsters is really rather dated.I think the author was more influenced by Edward Gorey and his odd, brilliant little books than she was by some of the other palpable influences, like Dickens and other masters of "waif literature."It's the story of a rich little "waif" (so not a true waif, but she fits the archetypal mol [...]

    10. In this tome, cousins Sylvia (poor meek city mouse) and Bonnie (rich haughty country mouse) reunite and band together against wolves and vile spinster governesses (or as one servant says: HARRIDANS!)while their guardians are on sea voyage. This is a decent book, but my overwhelming feeling (and this is a rare one!) is that it ought to have been at least 100 pages longer. There are several ends that Aiken leaves untied. The most criminal loose end is the "wolf pack without" with all of their supe [...]

    11. I read this book thinking, "I wish this had been around when I was younger" Well, this is a foolish thought because the books were around when I was a child, and have been around for awhile. Any books for children that feature a mixture of Georgian/Victorian society, a dash of wolves, loads of adventure, and little girls learning to stand on their own two solid feet has my love. I love that Bonnie is not only a plucky young girl, but also handy with a rifle (good against wolves!). This story is [...]

    12. I am not one to read juvenile novels and have never understood the current enthusiasm for them among adult readers. But I read a book of Aiken's short stories and was curious about this classic series.Her writing is impeccable, but the strangeness of the opening section gives way to a story best enjoyed by ten-year-old girls.

    13. Buddy read with Jeannette and WillowOpening lines:It was dusk-winter dusk. Snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills, and icicles hung from the forest trees.I was hooked from the start. Two young girls go on quite an adventure when their situation goes from bad to worse. The girls are very resourceful and brave. They are helped by some very nice people, but then there are all those villains! Will the girls ever be able to escape the many wolves of Willoughby Chase?I thought this was a ve [...]

    14. Children's fiction with a Victorian London setting. The story uses elements of classic Victorian fiction. The influence of Charles Dickens, Sheridan leFanu, Wilkie Collins, and the Sensation novelists of that time can be seen here. Lots of action and adventure, featuring two brave little girls who save the day. A fun read for all ages.

    15. Reminiscent of The Secret Garden, though the dangers are a bit more menacing and the adventure is more wide- ranging. Well done!

    16. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is something I remember from my childhood but I was never quite sure if I had actually read it before. Had it been read to me? Or had I merely conflagrated the adaptation with the book? Who knows, but I did thoroughly enjoy reading it as last month’s classic.First published in 1962, it was originally intended as a bit of a spoof of the gothic Victorian adventures Joan Aiken read as a child. Knowing this makes me like it even more. It’s loads of fun, with advent [...]

    17. I love this book. The start of a great series.So I've picked this for my staff pick on heroes and I want to say that as far as heroes go "It takes a Village" because our two girls--Bonnie & Sylvia--get help in getting away from the baddies in the story (and there are lots of baddies) from all sides. Starting back at Willoughby Chase with the servants who either hide (Pattern) from the evil guardian Miss Slighcarp when she fires all the staff or pretend to be evil (James) to be kept on. Then [...]

    18. Girl power! The adventurous tale of two courageous girls, cousins, contending with a wicked governess. Their home is Willoughby Chase, a stately mansion with a big estate infested by hungry wolves. There are secret passages and spyholes perfect for overhearing people’s conversations! Alas, poor Bonny and Sylvia will be evicted and sent into a dreadful school. It’s a lovely imaginary tale, the truth is stretched a few times (view spoiler)[ hard to believe that a doctor’s prescription to a s [...]

    19. Bonnie and Sylvia -- two little girls on a roller-coaster into the unknown!This is one of those magical books that seems to be written for children, but is equally captivating for adults. There's just something about the dream-like setting, the dark, ironic humor, the warmly romantic friendship of the two girls, that makes you feel this is really a dream you're having as an adult of what childhood could have been like, scary and beautiful and fascinating, instead of being like most childhoods, s [...]

    20. 3.5, I think - only because I thought I remembered loving this as a child (and I may well have) but after re-reading I still didn't recall a thing from the actual story - I think the Dido books later in the series were the ones that really captured my love. Actually I'm not even sure if I ever did read this! Still a really great childrens' story, I just personally did not adore it as much as I expected Can't wait to find the Dido ones again!

    21. I expected Julie of the Wolvesbut instead found a delightfully odd and, like a dear friend pointed out, difficult to pinpoint in time story of dreadful governesses, helpful goose boys, dastardly plans, and escape from being banished to the workhouse. All in all a good read.

    22. I grew up reading Joan Aiken. I discovered the Wolves Chronicles at my local library when I was about 8 or 9 and, though the series itself was already over 30 years old, I instantly fell in love with Aiken's cast of quirky characters and her wildly imaginative style. These books will be a part of me all my life, and I plan on reading them over and over.

    23. This book has it all – kidnapping, secret passages, shipwrecks, orphans, violent death, fraud, a stolen inheritance, and best of all – wolves!

    24. Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles are wildly inventive fantasies, set in an alternate England where the Stuarts remained on the throne, making the Hanoverians the rebels and conspirators, and where wolves still roam even in London. There are eleven of them in all (and won't be any more, since Aiken sadly died in January 2004), and I think of them in sets of two or three.The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea introduce many of the main characters in the series, chiefly Simon, a [...]

    25. THE SUNDAY FAMILY READI have read 10 novels by Joan Aiken. I love both her adult stories and the ones for children. She was born in East Sussex, England, in 1924, was the daughter of the poet Conrad Aiken, and died in 2004. She wrote her first novel, The Kingdom and the Cave, when she was 17 and continued to write for her entire life. She portrays children in wondrous ways, similar to Elizabeth Goudge but with magic and supernatural elements instead of religious ones.The Wolves of Willoughby Cha [...]

    26. If a voracious young reader (Grades 4-6) requested a funny, gothic adventure and didn't mind that it was published 1963, I would recommend Joan Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Sylvia, a very well brought up young lady, travels through an alternate Victorian England, on way to a new home with her wealthy cousin, Bonnie Green of Willoughby Chase. The train is attacked by wolves, not unusual, but very frightening to Sylvia. On Sylvia's arrival, she learns that Bonnie's parents are leaving i [...]

    27. For a while, I re-read this book once every summer, during the hottest, most humid months. I'm not sure how to categorize it, beyond children's book. I think the series as a whole appealed to me as a child because of the adventure and the strong female characters, especially Dido Twite, who does not appear until the next book.

    28. One of those stories where things get worse and worse and worse for the heroines - parents lost at sea, presumed dead; the new servants are revealed as evil schemers, and there is no where they can turn! How can they ever escape this horrible fate? Illustrated by Edward Gorey, to wonderful effect.

    29. Everything a little girl wants in a book: a wicked governess, a best friend, forced poverty, a rescue, and a crushworthy literary character. This is the first book in the Wolves Chronicles, and although it's probably the weakest (and the least tied to the series) it's still worth a read.

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