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The author of the book: Joan Aiken
Edition: dtv junior
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Date of issue: October 1st 1974
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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 had more spunk, 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 this more cozy 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.
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Read information about the authorJoan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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Joan's Life in brief:
She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge.
She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children's books and thrillers. For her books she received the Guardian Award (1969) and the Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972).
Her most popular series, the "Wolves Chronicles" which began with 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase', was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings. These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.
Another series of children's books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series. Others including the much loved 'Necklace of Raindrops' and award winning 'Kingdom Under the Sea' are illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.
Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen. These include 'Mansfield Revisited' and 'Jane Fairfax'.
Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories. She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye (now a National Trust property). This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E. F. Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories. Aiken's father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.
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