The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0553522205

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 4766

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?

Nightbirds on Nantucket

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547530727

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7794

Having had enough of life on board the ship that saved her from a watery grave, Dido Twite wants nothing more than to sail home to England. Instead, Captain Casket's ship lands in Nantucket, where Dido and the captain's daughter, Dutiful Penitence, are left in the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation. In Tribulation's farmhouse, life is unbearable. When mysterious men lurk about in the evening fog, the resourceful Dido rallies against their shenanigans with help from Dutiful, a cabinboy named Nate, and a pink whale.

Black Hearts in Battersea

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547530710

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 1146

Simon, the foundling from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, arrives in London to meet an old friend and pursue the study of painting. Instead he finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a wicked crew's fiendish caper to overthrow the good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea. With the help of his friend Sophie and the resourceful waif Dido, Simon narrowly escapes a series of madcap close calls and dangerous run-ins. In a time and place where villains do nothing halfway, Simon is faced with wild wolves, poisoned pies, kidnapping, and a wrecked ship. This is a cleverly contrived tale of intrigue and misadventure.

The Whispering Mountain

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0765342413

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6819

With the help of some unusual friends, a young boy named Owen tries to restore the Golden Harp of Teirtu to its rightful owner and prevent it from falling into the evil clutches of the sinister Lord Mayln. Reprint.

Midnight is a Place

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547561936

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5548

Now, back in print, the engaging and suspenseful British fantasy by one of England’s most imaginative storytellers. Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby. When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house, Lucas hopes he’s found a friend at last. But the newcomer, Anna Marie, is unfriendly and spoiled—and French. Just when Lucas thinks things can’t get any worse, disastrous circumstances force him and Anna Marie, parentless and penniless, into the dark and unfriendly streets of Blastburn.

The Serial Garden

The Complete Armitage Family Stories

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Virago

ISBN: 0349005869

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6291

'I wish we'll have two children called Mark and Harriet. And I hope lots of interesting and unusual things will happen to them. It would be nice if they had a fairy godmother, for instance. And a phoenix or something out of the ordinary for a pet. We could have a special day for interesting and unusual things to happen - say, Mondays. But not always Mondays, and not only Mondays, or that would get a bit dull' As a result of their mother's honeymoon wish, Mark and Harriet Armitage have a fairy godmother, a pet unicorn, and are prepared for anything life can throw at them (especially, but not always, on a Monday): hatching griffins in the airing cupboard, Latin lessons with a ghost, furious Furies on the doorstep, and an enchanted garden locked inside a cereal packet. Life with the Armitages can be magical, funny, terrifying - but never, ever dull.

Dangerous Games

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween

ISBN: 9781504027656

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 219

View: 7954

Dido Twite, with the help of some sacred shaman healers, must foil a sinister plot to overthrow the king of a remote South Sea island healers Sailing the high seas in pursuit of Lord Herodsfoot, roving ambassador to the ageing King James III, Dido Twite's search has led her to the remote South Sea island of Aratu. She arrives with a new friend she made en route, the enigmatic Dr. Talisman, who is returning to the isle after many years. Soon they discover that there's something even more dangerous in the ancient rain forest than its poisonous pearl snakes, sting monkeys, and 30-foot-long crocodiles. Dido and Talisman are confronted by the Angrian invaders, who drove the Dilendi natives from their home 400 years earlier. Luckily, Dido befriends the gentle Forest People, who can heal with their magical touch. When she learns about a plot to overthrow the island's suffering king, Dido enlists the Forest People to help her thwart the scheme, save the monarch, and reunite him with his long-lost daughter. Dangerous Games is the 5th book in the award-winning Wolves Chronicles, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Joan Aiken including rare images from the author's estate. "Aiken . . . once again creates a vivid world that, though recognizable, is more heightened than our own. Aiken's storytelling is fearless. Dido's adventures and the isle of Aratu will linger in the reader's mind long after these games have ended." -Publishers Weekly, starred review "Aiken is particularly adept at that pivotal and powerful ingredient of good fantasy: the creation of place. The tumultuous weather, dramatic landscape, and evidence of games throughout the terrain create a land that is both physically real and wildly imaginative." -Library Journal "Fans will be happy to see feisty Dido in action again." -Kirkus Reviews Joan Aiken (1924-2004) was an English writer best known for her children's literature. She wrote 92 novels, including 27 for adults, as well as plays, poems, and short stories. Aiken was born in East Sussex, England. Her father, Conrad Aiken, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. She began writing at a young age, publishing her first short story when she was 17 years old. Before writing full-time, Aiken worked at the United Nations Information Centre as well as the magazine Argosy. It was during this time that she wrote her classic children's novel The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962), which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was the first in a 12-book series. Her other titles for younger readers include The Last Slice of Rainbow, The Kitchen Warriors, and Mice and Mendelson. For older readers, her books include the Edgar Award-winning Night Fall, and The Scream. In 1999, Aiken was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to children's literature. She is survived by her daughter.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780192717771

Category: Children's stories

Page: 233

View: 4529

Tom is not prepared for what is about to happen when he hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him does not exist.

A Necklace of Raindrops

and Other Stories

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Yearling

ISBN: 0307558533

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 784

Here are eight gloriously imaginative stories for eight satisfying sessions of bedtime reading. There’s a flying apple pie, a cat that’s bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, all with the colorful, dreamlike quality of the very best fairy tales. Joan Aiken’s delicious prose is a joy to read aloud to very young listeners yet simple enough for the independent reader to savor on his or her own. Kevin Hawkes’s illustrations–nearly 60 of them–capture with great flair and fun the magical adventures and the triumph of the good over the bad. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Is Underground

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504018788

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 252

View: 1695

The children of London are disappearing—can Is solve the mystery before she vanishes too? Is Twite, younger sister of the daring Dido, is on a desperate mission. An uncle she never knew just showed up at the cottage she shares with her sister Penny. He is being pursued by ravening wolves, and before he dies, the uncle begs her to find his missing son—Is’s cousin, Arun. The quest takes Is to London—a city mysteriously devoid of children, including the king’s only son and heir. Is soon finds herself aboard the Playland Express, a secret midnight train that leaves town once a month, just before the new moon. The kids aboard believe they’re headed to a far-off kingdom filled with fun and games. In reality, Playland is a freezing underground city ruled by the greedy “Gold Kingy,” who has lured the youngsters there under false pretenses. His real objective is to put them to work in the coal mines. But the worst is yet to come: Gold Kingy is none other than Is’s other uncle Roy! Now it’s up to Is to avoid a terrible fate and use her wits, ingenuity, and powers of telepathic communication to free the children. Is Underground is the 8th book in the award-winning Wolves Chronicles, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Joan Aiken including rare images from the author’s estate.

Jane Fairfax

The Secret Story of the Second Heroine in Jane Austen's Emma

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312157074

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 559

The outsider who threatens to outshine her new friend Emma in Jane Austen's classic novel of manners and romance takes on a deeper life, with her own feelings and desires

The Kingdom and the Cave

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Virago

ISBN: 0349005885

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 2404

'The Under People. They live in a huge Cave. They are thought to be boring upwards. Giant worms and flying ants. Underground magic.' Mickle, the palace cat, knows something is wrong. He can feel it in his whiskers. Then he finds scribbled notes revealing that the kingdom in danger. (Yes, of course he can read. And speak - when he chooses to!) Mickle can't trust the King and Queen with his mission, so he approaches Prince Michael and together, with the wise old mare Minerva, they set out on a perilous search to find the sinister Under People before they can invade Astalon.

Arabel and Mortimer

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547537016

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 5249

In this silly sequel to Arabel's Raven, Mortimer floats out to sea on a grand piano, tries to get even with three giraffes that have stolen his doughnuts at the zoo, and takes off with King Arthur's sword. Will Arabel ever be able to control her troublemaking pet raven?

Clever Polly And the Stupid Wolf

Author: Catherine Storr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141360240

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 4449

CLEVER POLLY AND THE STUPID WOLF by Catherine Storr has twelve stories written for the author's daughter, who was scared of the wolf under the bed! Drawing occasionally on well-known fairy tales, and skillfully blending fantasy and reality, these stories are bursting with humour, originality and charm. And Polly, not scared at all, outwits the wolf on each and every occasion! There is a sequel called POLLY AND THE WOLF AGAIN, also published in the A Puffin Book series of children's modern classics.

The People in the Castle

Selected Strange Stories

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781618731449

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5745

The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349005907

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

View: 5733

Joan Aiken is justly famous for her Wolves of Willoughby Chase series of novels, but her greatest love was for short stories, which she wrote prolifically throughout her long career: 'Favourite stories, like unexpected presents, are things that you can keep and cherish all your life, carry with you, in memory, in your mind's ear, and bring out, at any time, when you are feeling lonely, or need cheering up, or, like friends, just because you are fond of them.' From a princess who turned into a pirate parrot, to a procession of Father Christmases being chased down Fifth Avenue by a rackety horse and cart; from the ghost of a crusader's dog, to a captured mermaid in a flying machine, there is something for everybody in this enthralling collection. These stories showcase Aiken's unique talents - the way she mixed magic and myth with humour to create a kind of modern fairytale. Her stories will appeal to readers of all ages for many years to come.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Author: Lynne Jonell,Jonathan Bean

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805081503

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 346

View: 3965

When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal.

The Smile of the Stranger

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492641286

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 9942

The Paget family's adventures begin in this Gothic Regency period romance reissue from legendary author Joan Aiken When danger forces expatriate English gentlewoman Juliana Paget to flee her home in Italy, she embarks on a journey full of thrilling adventure. Nothing could have prepared her for outwitting a French mob, crossing the Channel in a hot air balloon, or fending off the advances of the fascinating Count Welcker. Arriving in London just in time for her very first Season, Juliana is going to find all her ideals challenged and the truth of her heart finally revealed. What readers say: "A Regency romp with Gothic overtones, and a lot of fun." "Full of thrills and chills." "Classic Aiken-abductions, mysterious strangers and terrible betrayals." "I stayed up late to find out what would happen next!."

Dido and Pa

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547562384

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 2472

Readers who have followed Dido Twite’s escapades in Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket will welcome her return in another wild adventure. Now back in print, Dido and Pa continues the Wolves Chronicles, the exhilarating and imaginative series that stemmed from Joan Aiken’s classic The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Dido Twite is finally back home in London and reunited with her old friend Simon, now the Duke of Battersea and a favorite of King Richard. But no sooner does Dido start to settle in than her rascally father, Abednago, appears and drags her off into the night. Soon Dido finds herself caught up in the midst of another dastardly Hanoverian conspiracy: a plot involving a mysterious double for the king, the miraculous healing powers of music, and a spy network made up of abandoned street children called lollpoops. Meanwhile, out in the forest, starving wolves are closing in on the city . . .