A classic of children's literature, this book tells the story of two orphaned cousins who are happy in their posh English countryside lifestyle, until an evil governess descends upon Willoughby Chase and wreaks havoc. Think of this as "A Little Princess" crossed with "A Series of Unfortunate Events". Essential reading for anyone who loves Gothic lit.
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.
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.
This book was so enthralling and different than other books I've read. (in a good way) :)
A strange, gripping adventure story.
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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