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Nightbirds on Nantucket
     

Nightbirds on Nantucket

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by Joan Aiken
 

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Having had enough of life on board the ship that saved her from a watery grave, Dido Twite wants nothing more than to sail home to England. Instead, Captain Casket's ship lands in Nantucket, where Dido and the captain's daughter, Dutiful Penitence, are left in the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation. In Tribulation's farmhouse, life is unbearable. When

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Having had enough of life on board the ship that saved her from a watery grave, Dido Twite wants nothing more than to sail home to England. Instead, Captain Casket's ship lands in Nantucket, where Dido and the captain's daughter, Dutiful Penitence, are left in the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation. In Tribulation's farmhouse, life is unbearable. When mysterious men lurk about in the evening fog, the resourceful Dido rallies against their shenanigans with help from Dutiful, a cabinboy named Nate, and a pink whale.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Originally written in 1966, this is a book well worth revisiting. A Nantucket whaler finds the oddly named heroine, Dido Twite, adrift in the North Sea. For months she lays unconscious, carefully nursed by a cabin boy named Nate. When she emerges from her long sleep, she is revealed to be a plucky English daredevil capable of keeping up with Nate aboard ship, but assigned to the task of bringing the captain's motherless daughter, Penitence, out of her isolation. Pen's father is off on a glorious quest, the pursuit of an elusive pink whale. While he chases this phantom, Pen and Dido are sent back to Nantucket to live with her evil Aunt Tribulation who, it turns out, is a treacherous impostor plotting to blow up the island. Exciting, intricate, and beautifully literate, this is a book to be read aloud like Dickens--chapter by wonderful chapter--to an audience of avid listeners awaiting the next quirky character and the next tangle in the unwinding tale. 1999, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 8 to 14, $15.00 and $5.95. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547530727
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/25/1999
Series:
Wolves Chronicles Series , #3
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
651,074
File size:
141 KB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in Rye, Sussex, England, and has written more than sixty books for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

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Nightbirds on Nantucket 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm caught up into your story now. So good! {•Silverbullet•}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep it going. Im caught in it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ur doin good
Santiago Bustamante More than 1 year ago
This book should get a reward gor awesomeness
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I've been visiting Nantucket Island since I was born and my parents have been going many years earlier so I know what the author is talking about. I reccomend this book for anyone ages 10 to 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was OUTSTANDING!!!!! I loved it very much. It was also suspendeing to find out what was going to happen to the huge gun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those that haven't read Joan Aiken's books, they're really missing out on a lot. Nightbirds on Nantucket and Black Hearts in Battersea were two of my favorite books when I was a kid. They're extremely imaginative--the characters are delightfully different from the more common characters you usually find in children's book. They seem to be able to create a whole new world for kids, one which takes the reader on exciting adventures and into dangerous situations. I mean, seriously, how many authors are brave enough to create such gory, even gothic story lines for kids to read? :-) Plus, Edward Gorey is just plain awesome and his illustrations add immensely to the books. You really just can't go wrong with Gorey and Aiken together.