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The Witch of Clatteringshaws (The Wolves Chronicles #11)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Dido Twite’s sharp wits are put to the test in this new adventure in the Wolves Chronicles. After King Richard dies, Dido’s good pal Simon is put on the English throne, but he hates being cooped up in drafty St. James Palace, and his crusty old advisors won’t let him have any fun at all. If only another descendent of the king could be found, Simon would gladly be replaced. ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published May 29th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sherry Chiger
On its own, The Witches of Clatteringshaws is a fun, fast-moving, but not overly memorable book. But it's almost impossible to rate the book on its own--indeed, if this is a reader's introduction to the Wolves Chronicles, the book may seem close to nonsensical. But as the closing episode of the Wolves Chronicles, it's poignant primarily because it is the last in the series. Like its predecessor, Midwinter Nightingale, it reads more like a hurried outline than like a full-fledged, fully satisfyin ...more
Alas and alack, if Midwinter Nightingale felt underdeveloped, this is sadly undercooked, almost a short story. Nonetheless, Aiken's wit and invention are present on almost every page, just not the energy and not the proper momentum that a book featuring plots about Dido's search for a new heir to the throne and Simon marching to war should have. The conclusion is rushed, but nothing is really left hanging and there are some fine jokes, and the letters from the witch are worth reading all on thei ...more
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Entertaining, but not enough Dido and not enough of the witch! Ended rather abruptly. One of the most implausible plots I've ever come across!
Anthony Faber
Wolves #11. There's satire in this. It was copyrighted after the author's death, so some uncredit person or persons might have had a hand in it. It doesn't quite fit in with the others.
This last book in the "Wolves of Willoughby Chase" series doesn't seem to shine like the other books. The plot feels more contrived than usual, and the pacing is not quite up to Aiken's usual writing. As a book on its own, this one is not that great. As part of a series, the book is elevated, since we are revisiting favorite characters and scenes. The series as a whole are wonderful books, engaging and brilliantly written, full of humor and adventure! So don't let this one last book put you off ...more
Joan Aiken is a master at walking the knife edge between comedy and tragedy. I often find myself laughing one minute and then gasping and crying the next when reading her work. This book and the one that precedes it in the series (Midwinter Nightingale) are interesting in that they seem to split the comedy and tragedy, so that Midwinter Nightingale is all tragedy, and The Witch of Clatteringshaws is all comedy. Together, they make for a poignant and hilarious end of the series (the Wolves of Wil ...more
I expected SO much more from this book, because all the Joan Aiken books had so much more. I felt like I had been dropped in the middle of a bizarro wilderness that was outside of time, and left to fend for myself. I felt so completely lost that the fact that I had read prior Joan Aiken books was of absolutely no use to me. I can't even imagine how a middle-grade child, who is the actual targeted audience, would feel about reading this book. My guess is, they would never finish it.
Disappointing end to a series I have adored since I was a kid. Felt like someone ghost-wrote a quickie story from some notes that Aiken left; totally missed the tone of all the other stories---Dido and Simon seemed out of character, the time period felt off...
This needed some hard-core editing. I don't know what happened here. Usually Joan Aiken can bring in the funky weirdness in a delightfully scary way, but this was disjointed and jarring. It made me a little sad.
Jenn Estepp
alas, the series doesn't end on a high-note. pretty cobbled together - reads more like a first draft that aiken didn't get to revise. sadly, alas, alack, etc.
Pretty light on details and suspense and a far too happy ending. On the other hand, not terrible.
Paula Curtis
sadly this is the last one and it's got the feeling of rushing towards the end of the run
fluffy and wacky but this book reminded me that joan aiken could do no wrong.
Kate Curtis
Disappointing end to the series that I loved so much as a child.
Jan Yip
Another childhood favorite.....I LOVED Dido Twite!
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Joan Delano Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE,has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the publication of three brand new editions of the book and a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza.


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