The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Written by Joan Aiken
Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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A wonderful adventure as two children flee from the yranny of their wicked guardian and bravely set out on the road to London. Miss Slighcarp is as chilling as her words sound and she is now in charge of Bonnie and Sylvia. How will they ever escape from her clutches? It would be hard in any circumstances but it is especially hard since the snow lies thick on the ground around Willoughby Chase and the wolves are snapping closer and closer. It’s scary enough, but Bonnie and Sylvia are a determined pair and nothing, not even the wolves are going to stop them from getting back to London and Aunt Jane. Helped on their way by Simon and the flock of geese he is taking to market, Bonnie and Sylvia’s journey is a thrilling adventure – and not for the faint hearted!

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The first of Joan Aiken's wild Dickensian adventure stories set in the non-existent reign of James III when wolves have crossed from Europe (via the Channel Tunnel) to surround Willoughby Chase outside, and the wicked pro-Hanoverian Miss Slighcarp terrorises her charges within. But the girls are quick-witted, resourceful, brave. . . A treat for imaginative readers with a taste for romantic escapades.


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Set in 1832, at a time in English history that never happened, when Good King James III was on the throne and the frozen North Country was full of wolves, a little girl called Bonnie was waiting at dusk for her orphan cousin Sylvia to come from London to keep her company, and for the arrival of her new guardian who is in charge when her parents go abroad.

The guardian Miss Slighcarp turns out to be as wicked as the wolves that roam outside. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, put some orphans inthe dungeons and dismisses all the kind servants. And then she sends Bonnie and Sylvia far away where they would never be found in order to steal their home, but she doesn't know how clever and resourceful the little girls are.


A wild and evocative fantasy, stylishly told, with a tremendous romantic appeal Observer Altogether an invigorating book, in which the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other Times Educational Supplement One genuine small masterpiece. Almost a copy-book lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess Time magazine Joan Aiken is a marvel -- Philip Pullman The Guardian

About the Author

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken (1924 - 2004) spent part of her childhood living in a haunted house. After leaving school, she worked at the BBC, the United Nations, and in the editorial department of a magazine. All this time, she had been writing stories and after her first major novel was published in 1961, Joan left her job to write full-time. She has now written almost 100 books for adults and children, Including the hugely popular The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts In Battersea.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd July 2015




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