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Aiken, Joan
New York : Dell, 1987. New York : Dell, 1987.

IL 5-8 RL 6.9 .
ISBN 0440496039 
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

Have you ever wondered if there was a book like Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights that was short? Well, I've found one -- "Wolves of Willoughby Chase" has all the favorite character types -- the mean boarding school director, the cousins - one happy-go-lucky and flighty, the other thoughtful and sensible - the kind servant, secret passages, stolen fortunes, surprise reappearances and dangerous train rides. This book is suspenseful but it's funny too. The people are so stereotyped, the good guys are really good, the evils are really evil, that you can follow the plot intricacies and action and begin to appreciate how the author must weave in events and characters so that further on in the story their situation helps resolve the problems. I loved this book by Joan Aiken and if you want to read a book with an old British aristocracy setting, this is a painless way to go.

Booktalk #2

What would happen if you were being oppressed by people older and bigger than you?  Sylvia's aunt is to old to continue taking care of her, so Sylvia has to live with her cousin, Bonnie.  Unfortunately, Bonnie's parents are going on a trip, and the girls have to stay with a cruel governess who is very distantly related to them.  The governess, Miss Slighcarp, sells most of their playthings and pets.  She also wears Bonnie’s mothers dresses and locks Bonnie in a cupboard when she gets mad about this!  The servants would help them, but Miss Slighcarp fires almost all of them!  Will Bonnie and Sylvia get Miss Slighcarp out, or escape across the dangerous moors?  (Grace  M., 5th grade student)

SUBJECTS:     England -- Fiction


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