The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Paperback
by Joan Aiken
Part of the The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Sequence series
1832 - a period of English History that never happened.
Good King James III is on the throne and the country is ravaged by wolves which have migrated through the newly-opened Channel Tunnel.
When Sylvia and Bonnie (both orphans) fall into the hands of evil Miss Slighcarp, they must use all their wits to escape unscathed - for the governess is more cruel and merciless than the wolves that surround the great house of Willoughby Chase.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 04/03/2004
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780099456636
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Review by elkiedee
Two young girls outwit a wicked plot. The first book in a wonderful series. Recommended to introduce children to books with adventurous, intelligent female characters doing exciting things.
Review by startingover
Bonnie lives in the great house called Willoughby Chase. Her parents are about to leave on a long sea voyage for the sake of her mother's health.While they're away, it's been arranged that a distant relative called Miss Slighcarp will educate and supervise Bonnie. Also due to arrive is Bonnie's cousin Sylvia, whose Aunt Jane is becoming too old and frail to look after Sylvia.On the train journey, Sylvia makes the acquaintance of a Mr Grimshaw, who kills one of the wolves that roam the land and which pounces through the train window.Sylvia arrives safely at Willoughby Chase, but both girls quickly find out that Miss Slighcarp is a cruel woman, and Mr Grimshaw isn't all he seems. Miss Slighcarp realises the danger the girls pose to her plans, and sends them to a 'school' where they are starved and made to work hard.Sadly the wolves don't feature much in the book beyond the first few chapters, but the story is a wonderful gothic brew in which - of course, as it should - good inevitably triumphs over evil. [June 2006]