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Wolves of Willoughby Chase Turtleback – Jun 1996


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  • Turtleback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606036911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606036917
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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“A writer of wild humour.” –Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In this chilling beginning to The Wolves Chronicles, two little cousins are left in the care of an evil governess. They escape and travel 400 miles to London with their friend Simon and his geese.

"A masterpiece...a copybook lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess."--Time.

Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meta on Sept. 16 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is my all-time favorite children's book, and I still have the copy that my parents gave me for my birthday in 1967 (just don't ask me which birthday). I am delighted to find that it is back in print. I coaxed my then-11-year-old son into reading it last year as part of his summer reading (I got fed up with all the Sonic the Hedgehog comics that he was trying to pass off as reading material), and although he started it under duress he quickly got hooked. Wonder if he'll do the same with his eventual children? It's that kind of book.
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By Amber Goss on March 23 2002
Format: Paperback
Well, alright, so the wolves aren't so wonderful, but the book *is*. I'm nineteen now and it's *still* one of my favourites. My copy is on my "Favourite Books Shelf", and of course I'm gradually buying the whole series.
I'm not sure what I can add to the reviews that have already been posted. A summary could only tell you what the book's *about* not why it's so wonderful...
I think that the first book I read was "Black Hearts..." and I decided that I needed to read the preceding book, and then I was hooked. Joan Aiken is one of the best children's authors of all time! I read the books to my younger siblings and, when the time comes, I'll read them to my own children.
Unlike a lot of books that are out there, these books give children (and adults) heros and heroines who are both good and believable. I find myself at times wondering "What would Dido do in that situation?" when reading other books.
I know this is not much of a review, but I honestly don't know how to explain *how* it is that the Wolves of Willoughby Chase managed to bespell me so completely.
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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2001
Format: Paperback
"The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" is the adventure of two young cousins (Sylvia and Bonnie Green) who must outwit the evil new governess, Miss Slighcarp, and her accomplices from stealing the Willoughby�s estate. When news comes of Bonnie�s parent�s death, Sylvia and Bonnie are forced into an orphanage at Miss Slighcarp�s order, but later escape with the help of Simon, a friend of Bonnie�s, and are then able to uncover Miss Slighcarp�s elaborate plot.
"The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" is the first book in the Wolves Chronicles, followed by "Black Hearts in Battersea", "Nightbirds on Nantucket", "The Cuckoo Tree", and "The Stolen Lake". I recommend you read the others as well if you enjoyed "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase".
I first read this book in fifth grade and have reread it often ever since. It�s one of my favorite books, and I highly recommend it for all ages.
It was later made into a movie in 1988, but I haven't seen it yet.
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Format: Paperback
When I first read this book I was ten or eleven...I recommended it to my then best friend, and she too loved it. We used to play "Bonnie and Sylvia" (I was Bonnie) at recess. Anyways, this book will totally engross its readers. The strong heroines are amazing, and how someone couldn't love Simon is beyond me. The good guys are SO good, but they have quirks and eccentricities that make them loveable nonetheless, and the bad guys just drip evil. I think the book is made by its primary characters, though. If it weren't for Bonnie's charisma, Sylvia's believability, even if she's not the magnetic one, and Simon's goodness I would probably have dismissed it as Dickensian sop. However, since the heroes take charge, and although they face great adversity, they are never "put upon", I really enjoyed this book. I think it's a must read for young girls. It's less action-packed and fun and adventurous than the other books in the series, but it certainly inspired me enough at recess!
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Format: Paperback
There is almost no basis for this whatsoever, but my mind kept screaming "Jane Eyre! Jane Eyre!" as I read 'Wolves'. Maybe it was the fact that the two heroines, Sylvia and Bonnie, were just so relentlessly GOOD. And I think that's where the book didn't really succeed for me. I couldn't believe in the protagonists - even starving and sick in the boarding school they are kind and approximately uncomplaining.
There's also an obvious Romantic streak throughout, which recalls Bronte; however I shouldn't be surprised here, as Aiken satirises the 19th century novelists. However, it worried me just a little...'nature', apart from the wolves, is typically 'good', and human nature is unerringly fixed; the villians are eternally bad, the protagonists almost able to do no wrong.
Simon seems also to recall Dicken (The Secret Garden), the happy, wholesome lad living close to nature who makes a good friend and can turn his hand to anything. Somewhat more complex than Dicken, he nonetheless encapsulates my problem with this novel; it is simply too one-dimensional. The adventure is good, but not very exciting because it is tempered by the knowledge that everyone will live 'happily ever after'. In my opinion, the series only picks up when Dido Twite enters, in Black Hearts in Battersea; here Aiken has found a character who can be more than a vessel, as Bonnie, Sylvia and Simon undeniably are.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 18 2001
Format: Paperback
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.
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