The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Front Cover
Random House, Aug 2, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
30 Reviews

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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
9
4 stars
17
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Whew. Wolves attacking railway cars. Wolves attacking people. Wolves everywhere. But that’s just one plot point and it’s not the main one. The main story concerns a rich girl and her poor cousin. The ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

This was surprisingly good. I'd never read it as a kid, heard a lot about it as an adult, started reading it and was mildly annoyed, but then ended up flying through it and really enjoyed it. Will need to read sequels. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2012)

Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960.

Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times, said, 'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in l962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain.

Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.

Bibliographic information