'Take a whirlwind journey to the desolate, wolf-infested Willoughby estates. Brave cousins, an evil governess, a horrid orphanage - this rip-roaring story has them all, and more' Anne Fine
Can you go a little faster? Can you run?
Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn't seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?
About the Author
Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She said, "There were very few children of my age for miles around so books were my friends". She grew up eager to be a writer "What I wanted to do was give somebody else the absolute joy and excitement and pleasure that I had myself". Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults. She is most famous for creating a historical period that never existed that began with The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase (1962) and continued with Black Hearts In Battersea (1964), The Whispering Mountain (1968), for which she won the Guardian children's book prize, and Dido And Pa (1986). Joan Aiken died in 2004.
"Joan Aiken is a marvel" -- Philip Pullman "She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew" -- Amanda Craig The Times "Dickensian in flavour ... rich in atmosphere and intrigue" -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian "A genuine small masterpiece" -- Time "Thrilling tale...stuffed with atmosphere, adventure, memorable characters and luxuriant Gothic prose. Any child who discovers it will fall in love, not only with Aiken's writing, but with reading... The Wolves sequence has inspired writers from Philip Pullman to Cathryn Constable... Aiken was a genius, and her reissue deserves howls of delight" -- Amanda Craig The Times
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2012
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 12.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.18