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Midwinter Nightingale (The Wolves Chronicles #10)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Dido and Simon are in danger in this new addition to the Wolves Chronicles. Dido, back in England from America, is almost instantly kidnapped and taken to a derelict mansion surrounded by a deadly moat. The evil baron residing there, who is also a werewolf, wants desperately to know where King Dick is hidden. For the king is dying, and the evil baron wants to put his own d ...more
Library Binding, 256 pages
Published June 10th 2003 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Unless there is another Aiken book that starts with a boy meeting an annoying girl on a train, I've actually read this before, although I don't remember much about the plot. You'd think an evil werewolf, a missing king, and wantonly murdered cat would be memorable, though, wouldn't you? Maybe I should stick with her earlier books...

I feel like a remember the earlier books, which I read in elementary, pretty well, but maybe I was more focused on the characters than the setting. I don't remember t
Susanne E
The copyright page says "Joan Aiken Enterprises" or something, making me think maybe this isn't the real deal, especially as at least this edition was published after she died (not long after, but still). That would explain a lot, because it seemed much more disjointed than even her most fanciful other ones, and it just wasn't as fun as Nightbirds on Nantucket or Black Hearts in Battersea. Some kind of sloppy storytelling at the end too, as bad guys kept just flying off cliffs or otherwise conve ...more
I was sorry to only give this book three stars, but it just didn't inspire me to the same irrational glee as all the previous Dido Twite tales (excepting Wolves of Willoughby Chase of course - which doesn't even have Dido in it, but that's another review). Perhaps it is because we see less of Dido in this story than in her previous adventures, and that her role is significantly more passive. Simon's not a bad cove (a right good 'un, as Dido herself might say), but he's no competition for Dido in ...more
Sherry Chiger
Who needs Harry Potter when you can thrill to the adventures of Dido Twite, the indefatigable Cockney heroine of Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles?
In this latest installment, Dido is back in England during the (fictional) reign of King Richard IV, just in time to help save the throne from the loutish son of a werewolf baron. Yes, the plot sounds outrageous, and perhaps it is--but the story is so fast-paced, the narrative so vivid and yet so concise, and the characters so charismatic that even the m
Another great and rousing adventure for Aiken. If her ability to craft a fully realised novel waned somewhat in her latter years, her capacity for invention and for voice and place and drama did not. A stew of creepy characters and plots surround the dying king, hidden away by Simon. Dido, returned from Nantucket, is rudely kidnapped and held captive by as despicable a trio of villains as has ever graced the pages of a children's novel: a werewolf, his revolting son and the Duchess of Burgundy. ...more
The tenth Dido Twite adventure is a mix, as usual, of the horrific, the humorous, and the fantastical. Aiken packs the pages with action, but her characters never suffer and the plot is as usual over-the-top exciting. Werewolves, really evil characters, satisfying vengeance, and a hint of romance will appeal to readers, whether they have read the previous Dido/Simon stories or not. They will want to, because Dido is the best heroine to come along in many years. For middle grades, but readers sho ...more
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I couldn't read this one. Something was dreadfully amiss. It's like an editor got ahold of it and dumbed it down to nothingness. I skimmed enough to get the gist and the plot seemed terribly disappointing too. So sad for a series I love.
Anthony Faber
Wolves #10. This seems to be roughly coincident with "Cold Shoulder Road", starting a few months after the climax of "Is Underground" and ending a bit before "Cold Shoulder road", I think. Tells what's happpening with Dido, Simon & King Richard in this period.
Scott King
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When I read this I absolutely fell in love with the fantastic world Aiken had created. I had read The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase before, but none of Aiken's other books from that series, and it really isn't necessary to read any of the prequels to appreciate this book.
A fantastic read!
Certainly an improvement on the last two books in the series. I guess I got so close to finishing them up, that I felt the need for completeness. I don't suggest you do the same. Stop after Dido & Pa.
Jenn Estepp
certainly not a high point for the "wolves" series, but worth reading if you tend toward the completest (obsessive) like me.
Not sure what number this is in Aiken's Wolves series, maybe 6? My edition doesn't say. See review for Wolves of Willowby Chase.
Kate Curtis
I was so excited about a new addition to this series, but was a bit disappointed by the characters and pacing.
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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