Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles #3)
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 m...more
"At the beginning, Dido is an eccentric, somewhat snappy child, with little to endear her. It is not long, however, before Simon and the reader begin to see something attractive in the ‘‘brat’’ (p. 23). Initially it is her ‘‘forlorn, neglected air...more
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Black Hearts...more
1. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
2. Black Hearts in Battersea
3. Nightbirds on Nantucket
4. The Stolen Lake
5. The Cuckoo Tree
6. Dido and Pa
8. Cold Shoulder Road
There are more, but these are the best.
You can read them in order, or not (I didn't, and I actually recommend reading Nightbirds on Nantucket first, reading the other two as prequels, and then continuing on in order), but you absolutely must read them, beca...more
This was my first encounter with Joan Aiken and my favourite aspect of her work was the rich imagery of her characters. It was lovely getting to know every one of them - even the naughty ones - and the author's love of the island of Nantucket was a nice treat. Getting to know a place through the eyes of som...more
After a ten month long sleep, Dido awakes on board a whaler in the m...more
The understanding of Aunt Tribulation was another thing that went wild. Not Aunt Tribulation, but Ms. Slighcarp. Also, if little Deutiful Penitance was locked into a closet, and they tell what t...more
The plot and intrigue are similar to the tale in its predecessor, but the story as a whole feels more disjoint. Add to this the fact that the crucial plot point...more
first read in 1974 and many times since. have always stopped at the three though there are many more in the series.
The idea of the story was unique and the interesting turns in the plot made it a very enjoyable read.
Super fun for anyone who has ever had an instinct for defying authority. Plus, Dido's language becomes her own. Worth reading for that alone.
Good, old fashioned sea faring adventure, with a nasty and mysterious guardian (Miss Slighcarp is back!), various slow-witted adults, and a pink whale.
Nothing Dido can't handle of course.
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