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The wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Joan Aiken
Children's Fiction AIKEN

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Willoughby Chase may be an imposing mansion situated on a bleak moor that is teaming with hungry wolves, but indoors everything is cheery. Little Bonnie runs harum-scarum through her big house, beloved of dashing Papa, elegant but sickly Mama, and Pattern the devoted maid. Papa and Mama are embarking on a cruise, but little cousin Sylvia is coming to stay and keep Bonnie company. The two cousins hit it off right away but their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, wastes no time before showing her true colors—cunning, wicked, and cruel. Almost before they can blink, the toys are packed away, the ponies are sold, the helpful servants are dismissed, and Bonnie and Sylvia are declared orphans. Miss Slighcarp sends the girls off to slave away at a horrible school for orphaned girls where they are mistreated, abused, starved, and scolded. But in typical orphan fashion and with the help of a few well-placed allies, Bonnie and Sylvia rally to the challenge. Less snarky in tone and wit than the other books on this list, author Joan Aiken nevertheless delights in heaping burden after burden upon the slender shoulders of her heroines as they face wolves, lawyers, burnt porridge, and more. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the first in a series of plucky-waif-makes-good stories by Aiken (followed by Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket, and others), and all serve as prime examples of the classic orphan tale of woe and redemption.
posted Aug 17, 2010 at 11:36AM
Mary said:
I had to read this book for school and ended up really liking it! If you like suspenseful books you will love this one!
posted Apr 23, 2013 at 6:15PM
Mary said:
I had to read this book for school and ended up really liking it! If you like suspenseful books you will love this one!
posted Apr 23, 2013 at 6:15PM
Avatar for booklion246 booklion246 said:
Amazing, amazing book. Who cares if it is labled as a children's book? It is one of the best children's books I have ever read.
posted Aug 24, 2013 at 1:32PM
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main characters Bonnie Greene
Age: Child
Sylvia's cousin; optimist; confident; left in Miss Slighcarp's care when her parents, Lord Willoughby and Lady Green, go on a sea voyage.

Age: Child
Bonnie's cousin; timid; frail; moving from her home in London to live at Willoughby Chase.

Miss Letitia Slighcarp
Distant cousin of Lord Willoughby; hired to care for Bonnie and Sylvia; thin; cruel.

Simon the Gooseboy
Lives in the woods; self-reliant.

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