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`Read E-pub × The Wolves of Willoughby Chase é Wicked Wolves And A Grim Governess Threaten Bonnie And Her Cousin Sylvia When Bonnie S Parents Leave Willoughby Chase For A Sea Voyage Left In The Care Of The Cruel Miss Slighcarp, The Girls Can Hardly Believe What Is Happening To Their Once Happy Home The Servants Are Dismissed, The Furniture Is Sold, And Bonnie And Sylvia Are Sent To A Prison Like Orphan School It Seems As If The Endless Hours Of Drudgery Will Never CeaseWith The Help Of Simon The Gooseboy And His Flock, They Escape But How Will They Ever Get Willoughby Chase Free From The Clutches Of The Evil Miss Slighcarp I read this book thinking, I wish this had been around when I was younger Well, this is a foolish thought because the books were around when I was a child, and have been around for awhile Any books for children that feature a mixture of Georgian Victorian society, a dash of wolves, loads of adventure, and little girls learning to stand on their own two solid feet has my love I love that Bonnie is not only a plucky young girl, but also handy with a rifle good against wolves This story is one of daring, bravery, friendship, sisterhood and that very best ingredient in children s stories growing up with grace away from parents and adults I do wish I d read this book as a young girl because I could have learned and gained a great deal from Bonnie even if I waslike shy, sensitive Sylvia at first This book is recommended to young girls and boys and any adult that still enjoys that bit of whimsy and wonder in their reading I would think this would be a great read aloud and share bookchokengtitiktitikchokeng See the Strange Horizons review ofof Joan Aiken s book for aclear picture of this Wolves series Find the review here. When Bonnie s parents leave for a voyage across the sea, she s left in the care of a strident governess Miss Slighcarp Soon joined by her cousin Sylvia, the girls suffer cruel treatment at the hands of their governess and watch as every joyful element of their lives is dismantled Meanwhile, menacing wolves circle and a strange man joins in Miss Slighcarp s machinations If Bonnie Sylvia are to be free and happy once , they must turn to an odd boy and his flock of geese for help Aiken evokes a marvelous sense of atmosphere, a sensation that s heightened by the contrast between the outside world and the inside of Bonnie s home Willoughby Chase A cold and haunting mood pervades the outside with its somber sighing of the wind and the hideous howling of the wolves The hills are pleated with snow, icicles hang from the trees, and snow lay piled on the dark roads Willoughby Chase is an inviting home a warm and welcoming stronghold Bonnie sleeps in a soft, warm bed, and she and Sylvia spend their afternoons in the nursery, which is gay with the sunshine that sparkled on crystal and silver and found golden light in the honey and quince preserves. Despite its alluring opening pages, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase unravels once its cookie cutter characters step into the limelight Intrigue vanishes as each character assumes a stereotypical role in the narrative The only exception is, perhaps, Mr Grimshaw who unexpectedly fires a long, heavy, glinting blue gun out of the train carriage he shares with young Sylvia, shooting at rabbits and ravens with a reckless air of perverse enjoyment Mr Grimshaw takes snuff and has no qualms about seizing a shard of glass and stabbing a wolf to death Strangely, after a strong presence early in the narrative, the wolves fade into the background, eventually becoming a distant threat However, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the first in a series of thirteen books, so perhaps their presence growsprevalent over time With such standard characters, the story inevitably arrives at a predictable conclusion The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a quick, enjoyable little read, but it s nothing to write home about.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is best read when young, or by those with the ability to tap into their inner girl.I enjoyed the evil impostors who gleefully inflict child abuse Wolves is best read by kids who love to feel a bit of self pity and delicious horror.Bonnie is a bit of a simpering thing and there are lots of mentions of dresses and lace I didn t care about that My eyes tend to glaze over fripperies in real life too It feels like I m the only person alive who doesn t notice if someone mismatches their socks Sylvia hadspunk, if she was spoiled I liked her a lot when she was knocked down some pegs.Wait, I don t know what my inner girl is I liked the baddies I rooted for the baddies as a kid I wanted Ursula to win don t get me started on my hatred of being called Ariel or, even worse, The Little Mermaid The m is not silent, little me would rage I liked pretty much all the Disney baddies up until the creepy bearded dude from Aladdin The baddies in Wolves are great They eat all of the good food for themselves They send the girls off to an evil boarding school slave house Mr Brocklehurst would die of envy They sleep in and are bad in a way that Lemony Snickett wouldn t dream of Phillip Pullman too ripped off Aiken s series There are also cool wolves Aiken writes atmospheric creepy wolf stuff very well It s like a dark side of girly books like Avonlea or something I m weird or something because I actually found thiscozy than that.The Dido Twite books in the series are pure awesomeness and way, way better than Wolves I did not know about those until my adulthood, though I skipped college classes to blow through all of them Maybe I would have done that anyway Anyway, they are super Simon, the boy who lives in a cave, is the hero of Blackhearts in Battersea and Dido Twite appears The rest of the books are hers because she owns If you dig long range cannons, plots to overthrow kings, grinding bones to make your bread, kidnapping and pink whales read those books.There was a film version made that has very little to do with this book I saw it on tv when I was in middle school, and remember that I was much confused by the shared title Where did they get the turning kids into soap stuff from Sigh.P.s Edward Gorey did the usa covers Suck on that, England. Those of us who grew up with an affinity for Victorian books, it might have started here, in Joan Aiken s 1962 classic Gothic Dickensian love note, with its pitch perfect wicked governesses and wretched orphanages and aptronyms and moors and girls who are described as hoydens, and secret passages, and real dungeons, and all these wolves When we hit our teens and started reading stuff like Dickens and Wuthering Heights, it felt familiar to us we d already been indoctrinated into the rules of Victoria It s set in an alternate history of England, where wolves are rampant and something about a King James III, who cares, how am I supposed to know whether a given King James is fictional or not, you can tell it s not the real world because this is a place where geese can be trusted Geese cannot be trusted irl They are wicked and they mean you harm.Here s a great piece on Wolves from the School Library Journal s Top 100 Children s Book List, which is a terrific resource Its popularity spawned a series, but I don t remember how good the rest are.I read this a ton of times as a kid, and re reading it now, scenes absolutely exploded in my memory as I got to them Aunt Julia s pathetic poverty, Simon s hidden cave, Mrs Brisket s nasty daughter finding and breaking an egg in Bonnie s pocketThis is one of the first books in which I felt real danger When Bonnie and Sylvia are in jeopardy, they re really in jeopardy I wasn t wrong when I was young this is legitimately wonderful Now that I fully recognize all the tropes Aiken is playing with, it might be even better It has brave heroines and narrow escapes, and it s about as perfect as children s literature has ever been.