The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

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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 cease.

With 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?

Baker & Taylor
A witty and suspenseful tale of a brutal governess and the three brave young souls under her care--Bonnie, Sylvia, and Simon--who together must save the Willoughby estate from the destructive effects of her terrible reign.

Baker
& Taylor

Set in the countryside of Victorian England, this novel tells of two children, their helpful friend, Simon, a tyrannical governess, and her strict sister.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2000, c1962
Edition: Delacorte Press ed
ISBN: 9780385327909
0385327900
Branch Call Number: J F AIK
Characteristics: 181 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Marriott, Pat - Illustrator

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green_cat_3454
Aug 29, 2017

This is one of those amazing books that I love to read over and over and over and over again. While reading the book you really connect with the character. And, by chapter 4, you want to wring that naughty word Miss Slighcarp's neck.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Orphan Sophie goes to live with her cousin Bonnie at the beautiful Willoughby Chase. But when the governess Miss Slighcarp is left in charge things take a turn for the worse.

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White_Magpie_1
Jun 14, 2012

This book was so enthralling and different than other books I've read. (in a good way) :)

SB2000 May 04, 2011

A strange, gripping adventure story.

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kalio
Aug 17, 2010

Willoughby Chase may be an imposing mansion situated on a bleak moor that is teaming with hungry wolves, but indoors everything is cheery. Little Bonnie runs harum-scarum through her big house, beloved of dashing Papa, elegant but sickly Mama, and Pattern the devoted maid. Papa and Mama are embarking on a cruise, but little cousin Sylvia is coming to stay and keep Bonnie company. The two cousins hit it off right away but their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, wastes no time before showing her true colors?cunning, wicked, and cruel. Almost before they can blink, the toys are packed away, the ponies are sold, the helpful servants are dismissed, and Bonnie and Sylvia are declared orphans. Miss Slighcarp sends the girls off to slave away at a horrible school for orphaned girls where they are mistreated, abused, starved, and scolded. But in typical orphan fashion and with the help of a few well-placed allies, Bonnie and Sylvia rally to the challenge. Less snarky in tone and wit than the other books on this list, author Joan Aiken nevertheless delights in heaping burden after burden upon the slender shoulders of her heroines as they face wolves, lawyers, burnt porridge, and more. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the first in a series of plucky-waif-makes-good stories by Aiken (followed by Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket, and others), and all serve as prime examples of the classic orphan tale of woe and redemption.

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SB2000 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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