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?
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by Joan Aiken
by G.A. Aiken
by Bernard Cornwell
by Cinda Williams Chima
by Kresley Cole
by Lynn Austin
by Dave Bara
by Joan Johnston
by P.C. Hodgell
"Joan Aiken's beloved children's novel (now in its fiftieth year of continuous printing) by her own explicit design contains all the elements of Victorian melodrama--parents presumed lost at sea, the two plucky cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, a scheming instructress, a loyal nursemaid and resourceful goose boy, and cross-England treks. What's more, it's got wolves. Aiken's daughter Lizza has a dual role in this production. She shares a foreword that provides insight into the author's life and its relationship to the story, and she narrates the story itself with the familiarity that comes from hearing it in process as a child. Aiken's voice has an ethereal quality that quickens one's transport to this cruel world. She spellbindingly holds the listener in its grip. This is a treasure! A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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