The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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 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?BACKSTORY: Find out a few things you didn't know about wolves and learn all about the wonderful world of the author.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780099572879

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On this particular day sometime in the 19th century, little Bonnie, who lives in a grand English house called Willoughby Chase, is both terribly sad about her parents leaving on an extended sea voyage and terribly excited about the fact that her cousin Sylvia is on her way from London to live with her. When a coach arrives at the front door, she rushes down to greet her cousin in her usual energetic and spontaneous style, only to crash into a very disgruntled Miss Slighcarp, a distant relative come to be the girls' governess and look over the estate while Bonnie's parents are away. There are great big packs of wolves who roam about outside from dusk to dawn looking to devour anyone they meet, but the dangers within prove to be just as scary, with Miss Slighcarp hell-bent on doing things in her own, unscrupulous ways. Apparently, with Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken set out to write a stand-alone book which was meant as a pastiche of the gothic novels she had devoured as a child, but her formula was so successful that she went on to write ten more instalments in the Wolves Chronicles, which is a lucky thing, because her unique kind of fairytale was quickly gotten though and over much, much too soon.

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A quite typical gothic story, reminiscent of Jayne Eyre or Little Princess, with evil governesses, parents missing (and thought dead at one stage), nasty schools and wolves. Not all the wolves are in the forest...It's an interesting story, worth reading, not one of my favourites but a worthwhile read.