The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles Series #1)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles Series #1)

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by Joan Aiken, Lizza Aiken
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–7—The release of this audiobook coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aiken's well-loved novel (Doubleday, 1962), and it couldn't be a more fitting tribute. The narrator, the author's daughter Lizza Aiken, savors every word as she takes us through the dark wolf infested woods of Willoughby Chase to the rich, luxurious world of Bonnie, a headstrong only child whose world suddenly descends into hardship and grief at the hands of the unscrupulous Miss Slighcarp and her cohorts when her parents leave for a sea voyage. Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia are sent to a school for orphans. Aiken voices Sylvia's longing and Bonnie's defiance as she tries to take on the numerous villains. But there are gentle voices as well—the dear housekeeper, the gooseboy, and the loyal house servant—each expressing their unique concern so that listeners are never overwhelmed by the harsh treatment the girls receive. While there is a sense of the threat of wolves outside as well as inside, the book ends with the promise of spring, the wolves have headed to northern climes, the bad guys are off to jail, and order is restored. This delightful audiobook is sure to create new fans.—Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Park
The Washington Post
…may well be the most quietly influential children's fantasy novel of its time…Gusto, in language, plotting and general outrageousness, characterizes [The Wolves of Willoughby Chase]…Aiken's invention never flags…
—Michael Dirda
From the Publisher
"A masterpiece...a copybook lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess."—Time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307991249
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Series:
Wolves Chronicles Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
"A masterpiece...a copybook lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess."—Time.

Meet the Author

Joan Aiken is the author of some 90 books for young people and adults. She was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Wolves of Willoughby Chase 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time in 3rd grade, and though some of the vocabulary was quite challenging, I LOVED every minute of it! Through the years, it remains my favorite childhood book - full of mystery, plot twists, and suspense! Great read for kids and adults!
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Anjoel22 More than 1 year ago
For fans of darker childrens literature, this is a sure-fire hit. The mood is shrouded in fear but paced slowly and deliciously. The characters are pictures of from another time where manners ruled above all things. Richly described settings and foods and dot the pages. Curl up in a blanket, make a hot cup of tea and get lost in a world where you will love to hate the evil governess and want to sweep into secret passage-ways and face the rabid, starving wolves and bitter cold snow rather than give in to such tirany.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the best I and my sister have ever read! It was so good that when I first started reading it, I stopped so I could read it aloud to my sister. We recommend this book to children and adults alike. Joan Aiken has really outdone herself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was bored one day, so I went to the bookstore. I saw this book and it looked okay. I bought it and when i started to read it I couldn't stop.The suspense made me stay up all night. This is a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when I was in third grade, and for YEARS I could still invision scenes from this book, though I couldn't recall title or author. I have been searching for it for the longest time, and have FINALLY stumbled across it again. Definitely a book that leaves an imprint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was around 10. I had enjoyed so much, the writing style, the plot and the characters that I read it numerous times. It has been 3 decades since and I can still remember this book, the title and the content. That is how much of an impression it has left on me. (Ana Lim, Singapore)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book. I loved the expense and mystery of it. It is definitely a must read. I would recommend it to all young-adult readers
Guest More than 1 year ago
I credit Mrs. Nichols, my 4th grade teacher, for instilling in me the idea that many books are worthy of being re-read. Such is the case with the 'Wolves of Willoughby Chase'. Mrs. Nichols read the book every afternoon for about half an hour following our lunch break. While the book is a period-piece, everyone enjoyed it, even the boys. (No small feat in 1976) Everyone in the class eagerly hung on every word, hoping that Bonnie and Sylvia would somehow survive the dastardly deeds being committed by the 'wolves'. Many years later, I picked up a copy at a yardsale and have enjoyed it time and time again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out boring. But as I got more into the book, it really, really got exciting and fun. I was at the edge of my seat. Girls would like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An all time favorite of mine. If you're a wolf lover, I wouldn't suggest it, because it has nothing to do with wolves and the word "wolf" pops up maybe ten times. But it is excellent and you otherwise should read it. Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby went on a cruise, and their evil fourth cousin Miss Slighcarp comes to take over their property. She also sends the Willoughbys' daughter, Bonnie, and her cousin, Sylvia away to an orphanage! But they somehow must escape and find a way to get their property back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about two little girls that never give up.They were always trying to find a way out of their sittuation. That is my favorite thing about the book, they never gave up hope.I definatly recommend this book,especially if you like the main characters fighting for what they want.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute. To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a younger child. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was one of her picks. We discovered this wonderful book through a school assignment. It is not a book that I would have expected that our daughter would have liked because the young heroines face terrible trials. She found the book very exciting and rewarding though, and I think you will, too. Bonnie Green has lived in the lap of luxury in the manor house of Willoughby Chase in the English countryside. Her father, Sir Willoughby, is the richest man for five counties. She has all the toys, clothes, and ponies that anyone could want, and indulgent parents who encourage her to try things out. There is much love in the house, both from her parents and the dedicated household workers. Because Bonnie's mother, Lady Sophia, has become ill, her parents are about to leave on a sea voyage to restore her health. Sir Willoughby has asked his attorney, Mr. Gripe, to locate a suitable governess and he recommends one who is a fourth cousin once removed of Bonnie's, Miss Slighcarp, who arrives the night before the parents leave. To keep Bonnie company, Sir Willoughby has also invited Bonnie's cousin Sylvia to stay. Both will be tutored by Miss Slighcarp, who will also run the estate. Cousin Sylvia is an orphan has been living with Sir Willoughby's elderly sister, Aunt Jane. They have been barely surviving in genteel poverty, and Aunt Jane makes new clothes for the trip from her curtains. Sylvia has to make a terrible journey by herself on the train. It is freezing cold, and wolves attack the train. One breaks the window and comes into the compartment. Fortunately, a fellow passenger, Mr. Grimshaw, subdues and kills the wolf before it can do any damage. He loans her a traveling rug to help keep her warm. Then he is injured when a suitcase hits him in the head. Bonnie insists that they bring him to Willoughby Chase for the doctor to look at. The servants have to shoot at the wolves to keep them away from the horses on the ride back to Willoughby Chase. As soon as Bonnie's parents leave strange things start to happen. Most of the servants are dismissed. Mr. Grimshaw and Miss Slighcarp are looking through all of Sir Willoughby's papers and burning some. And, Miss Slighcarp starts wearing all of Lady Sophia's best gowns! When Bonnie complains, she is locked in a closet with only bread and water for food. Worse treatment soon follows. The story makes a fine development of the concept that there are human wolves who can attack in packs and bring great danger to anyone, even the richest and most powerful. As a result, the reader
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 34 year old mother of 2 (girl age 7 and boy and 11). I read this book when I was about 10 years old and again when I was 12 (it was just that good!!!!) I always said I'd introduce this to my children and now I've been given the chance! Thank you to the author!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really great and even though it was somewhat hard for me to understand at first I started getting used to the sophisticated talk and I really enjoyed it. I finished it in two days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the 70's and have always remembered it well. I look forward to purchasing it again and saving it for my daughter to read, and to re-read it myself
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. You thought in the begining a man named Mr.Grimshaw was nice ... You didn't know what was going to happen next. I read this book about a month ago in class and @ home . I loved it !We had to keep track about what happened in something called a literature log. We read them aloud,they were great ! This is the best book in the whole world ! Thanks Joan Aiken ! thank you sooo much, Chelsie (a 5th grader)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fifth-grader, I thought I was too grown-up (ha!) to be read aloud to -- I was wrong!! I could not WAIT for my fifth-grade teacher to get to reading time so that I could find out what happened next! I finally caved and checked it out from the library before she was finished -- I couldn't take it any longer! And this was 20 years ago!! Still a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has all that we look for in quality children's literature: remarkable heroes, heinous villains, excitement, intrigue, fun, and a warm and wonderful ending. Written in a dynamic and captivating style, this book should not be missed by kids OR their parents!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WY DOES EVERYONE LIKE THIS IT SUCKS