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The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

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When their parents go to America for the summer, Madlyn and Rollo are sent to their great-aunt Emily and great-uncle George at Clawstone Castle, home of the legendary and mysterious Wild White Cattle of Clawstone Park. But times are hard at Clawstone, as the fancier castle down the road attracts all the tourist traffic. Determined to save the castle and the herd, Madlyn an

Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2006 by MacMillan (first published 2005)
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Mr. Hamilton gets an offer from an American college to spend four months in New York and they offer him enough money to come out of their financial problems so while Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton stay in New York, the children Madlyn, 11, and Rollo, 9, are sent to stay with their Great-Uncle George at his "Castle Clawstone" set in the Scottish Highlands along with Great-Aunt Emily and no-longer-living Cousin Howard. They soon learn the castle's financial troubles; it must attract more paying visitors to...more
There are books for children that can be read by children and children only – for the author is using some kind of weird writing style that he or she believes is how kids talk and think.
Fortunately, “the Beasts of Clawstone Castle” is not one of those books. The writing is beautiful and lovely, the characters are enjoyable in their own eccentric way.
This book can be read by adults as well, if they fancy things like “Coraline” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. It was a quick and enjoyable...more
When Madlyn and Rollo are sent to live with their elderly relatives and Clawstone Castle for the summer, they hire an array of ghosts to haunt the place in order to raise interest in the castle. Shortly after things start to pick up, though, the white cows that have lived on the grounds for centuries are mysteriously taken away after they come down with a disease and the children and ghosts are determined to find them and bring them back. Although I usually enjoy Ibbotson, I don't find this to b...more
Leurs parents partant à l’étranger pour des raisons professionnelles, Madlyn et son frère Rollo sont confiés à leur oncle Sir George, propriétaire de Griffstone. Dès lors, ils vont vivre un été mouvementé pour sauver des vaches.

Eva Ibbotson est une auteur de référence dans la littérature jeunesse. Ses histoires sont souvent loufoques mais dotées de réflexions tout de même.

On suit l’été de Madlyn et Rollo dans ce château-musée qui part en ruines : humide, déserté par les visiteurs. Les enfants, h...more
Jun 27, 2009 Olivia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves animals
Shelves: made-me-cry, fiction
Read it last year while on holiday in France and I loved it! An exciting book where two kids with the help of a group of ghosts (who haunt their uncle's museum) must save their uncle's cattle from cruelly being turned into unicorns! Quite sad but adventurous all the same.
Couldn't put it down. Would stay up very late at night trying to find out what happened next! A great book with very clear description. Anyone who loves animals would cry while reading this.
When Madlyn and Rollo are sent to stay with elderly relatives at Clawstone Castle for the summer, they expect to be rather bored. Instead, they find that the residents of the castle are struggling to make enough money to keep up not only their home, but also a heard of pure white cattle that the family has looked after for hundreds of years. Clever and organized, Madlyn soon devises a plan to help out--but she and Rollo face a series of surprising and unusual obstacles.

I've never read any of Ibb...more
Shinjan *Lord Pistachio*
It's Hilarious. It's fast-paced, adventurous, and the perfect alternative book for a harry potter fan.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I always depend on Eva Ibbotson for a fun read and this was no disappointment. While it's not a soon-to-be-classic with irresistible plot and a life-changing moral, I like her typical ghosts that interact with humans, often becoming friends of the child protagonists and the good adults in the story. The plot is pretty predictable- the poor but kindly humans and ghosts win out in the end while the bad greedy rich people are punished. The spooky setting of a decrepit but genuinely historical castl...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
I will admit that the only reason I decided to listen to this book was because of the narrator. I am a HUGE fan of David Tennant and this audiobook really hit it home for me that he is an amazing narrator. And I’m not just spouting on about him because I love him, but he’s actually very good at narrating stories!

But I digress!

I love a good middle grade book and this one was no exception. It was fun right from the start. I loved the idea of Madlyn and Rollo going to stay with an uncle they know n...more
I fell in love with Eva Ibbotson’s Which Witch years ago, but I didn’t realize just how many other books she had written. For the past few years, I’ve been going to the public library every so often to borrow one of her works, and very often polishing it off that very day. Ibbotson’s style is so very unique. She writes about ghouls, witches, and monsters and manages to make them all lovable, deep characters. She achieves this all without resorting to hokum by creating characters who are misunder...more
Jenny Lu
Readers are quickly immersed into this world—a world of ghosts, Wild White Cattle, and mystery. Eva Ibbotson does a brilliant job of characterization; Madlyn and Rollo have relatable personalities, while the ghosts of Clawstone are even more charismatic! The setting is well crafted as well. The castle is easy to picture, while the occasional illustrations in the book help bolster the images. I really enjoy how Ibbotson uses humor in sort of a quirky way. Even though the descriptions, such as the...more
2.5 stars.

I really liked the first half and, to a lesser extent, the latter half.

The British overload threatens to make me somehow probably illegally acquire enough funds to get me on a plane\ship to England. As if the accents there weren't enough.

Ibbotson's writing is, and I don't say this much at all, a joy to read. It's so clean and precise and lovely and just wonderful without being childish. The lyricism flows and weaves, drawing you into the world that she has created. You feel like you ar...more
When Madlyn and Rollo are sent to stay with their great aunt and uncle in Clawstone Castle they discover that there are financial problems but come up with a plan to help attract visitors. They arrange to have real ghosts in the castle and visitors start flocking to it, however they will soon be faced with other problems. The castle grounds are home to a herd of mysterious creatures who are in danger from a sinister plot.

This was a typical Eva Ibbotson fantasy, with good people vs bad people and...more
Aug 02, 2008 Namratha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Samantha, Sheel Mehta
Is it my imagination or does each Eva Ibbotson book seem better than the previous one?? I mean, there’s drama, children as mature protagonists, a couple of befuddled but well-meaning ghosts, seriously sinister villains, crazy plot-lines, an underlying message.....all neatly wrapped up in a humourous package! This is the stuff that summer holidays are made of!!

Case in point : The Beasts of Clawstone Castle.

Madyln and Rollo are sent off to Clawstone Castle, to live with eccentric Uncle George and...more
Abby Johnson
Madlyn and Rollo have been sent to stay with their aunt and uncle for the summer. When they arrive at Clawstone Castle, they discover that the castle is in trouble. Tourists have all but stopped visiting and the money is running out. And it's important to have money for the upkeep of the wondrous, rare white cattle that live on the grounds. With the help of a ghostly uncle, Madlyn and Rollo assemble a team of spectres and ghouls to help them bring visitors to the castle... but will it be enough...more
Feb 19, 2009 Carmine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle graders, fantasy fans
I would have loved this more if I hadn't already read "Island of the Aunts" which I thought was brilliant. I do love Ibbotson, but this felt like a remix. Some good children are sent to live with lonely, aging adults in a remote place (an island/ or a castle near scottish border) and care for (sea creatures/ special white cows) when their happiness is threatened by a greedy capitalist and their nasty offspring. the children must save the day and protect the special creatures with the help of the...more
Catherine Woodman
I really enjoyed this Eva Ibbotson book--I had jsut finished Dragonfly Pool, and decided maybe it was time to read more of her (I had only read two int he past, separated by decades). Madlyn and Rollo are left with their great aunt and uncle for a parent holiday, and they live in a Castle with a hear of unique cattle--the castle is in trouble. THey have fallen on economic hard times and the kids try to help with some of the possible solutions--the first is to open up the castle to the public,. T...more
Beth Bonini
Ibbotson is terrific at the beginning of a story. Unlike so many writers, she can draw you in right from the start; and this is what I mainly remember about this particular novel. This book features one of her competent main characters: a girl who is kind and good, courageous and resourceful. Despite having flaky parents, and being put in the care of fairly useless elderly relatives, you just know that she will manage them all and save the day.

This book features ghosts, and a decaying stately ho...more
Absolutely loads of fun for a cold afternoon :D Madlyn and Rollo are lovely characters and I adored the ghosts as well - Eva Ibbotson does light fantasy so very nicely! Everything's always just so simple and easy and normal, never wildly over the top. There's kind of that E. Nesbit vibe there, like with the King and Queen who retired to Tooting to keep chickens :D

I was heartbroken when the cows were taken, absolutely stunned because Eva Ibbotson doesn't let animals die!!! But then I remembered t...more
HarryPotter Rocks
I thought it was a great book, but at some points of the story, it could get a little boring. Don't let that stop you from reading it, if you're a type of person that likes animals, and bad guys, this book is for you!! Before you read it, look at other peoples reviews and see what they thought of this book and look at their ratings.
I listened to the audio version of this book, read by David Tennant. Tennant is dreamy - he's my imaginary husband, and we have the cutest imaginary children! - but more importantly, he's a fantastic reader. His voices and accents are superb and made this truly entertaining.

As for the story, I had no idea what it was about before listening, as this was given to me by a friend and didn't include a summary. I was delighted as the story unfolded, found the characters entertaining and the storyline...more
Maria M. Elmvang
I've wanted to read this for so long, that I can't even remember who recommended it to me in the first place any longer! Finally it became available through interlibrary loan, so I could get my hands on it, and wouldn't you know - I ended up being ever so slightly disappointed! Go figure. The story was decent enough, but much more of a children's book than I had expected, and while I liked the characters well enough, there were too many holes in the plot for me to really appreciate it.

Had I been...more
Eva Ibbotsen is a good author, that's certain. I recommend her books to kids who like fun adventures or mysteries involving not-so-scary ghosts. In fact, one of the only books that A read voluntarily in the past two years was by this author.

Clawstone Castle was not my favorite, but it did make an entire 6-hour drive go by quickly. The oddest thing about this book was that it seemed to have two halves that did not fit together. The first half, which the kids loved, involved kids and ghosts teami...more
Timothy Power
I absolutely loved the first part of this book. I thought all the characters were charming, and the way the kids overcame their first obstacle was totally fun. I was hooked! Then the plot turned upside-down. A new trouble reared its horrifying head, and a truly evil villain appeared, and although I LOVE an evil villain, I found this one's mission so gut-wrenchingly sinister that I nearly threw the book into the street out of sheer horror. So, despite our initial love, this book and I were forced...more
Wonderful story -- I love it when the good guys win!! Ghosts and ghoulies help two children save the family crumbling castle and the sacred animals who live there. Madeline is my favorite!
This was a great audiobook. The woman was fantastic with many voices. Great adventure, mystery, ghosts, animals, children and humor. Fun!
The kids got a kick out of this book! The quirky ghosts and their antics kept them laughing!
A highly entertaining, sometimes totally ridiculous, occasionally somewhat spooky little book. What impressed me most was that though this is very firmly a kids' read and will be thoroughly enjoyed by them, there's enough depth that there can be discussions opened up between kids and adults about some of the issues the book touches on. Creative and clever. Audiobook is read by David Tennant, so one can't really go wrong there, either. Much enjoyed.

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Mar 02, 2008 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Alex
This is one of Eva Ibbotson’s kids’ books in which supernatural things happen with little indication that anyone considers them particularly unusual. In this case, Madlyn and Rollo get sent off to spend the summer holidays with their great-aunt and -uncle at Clawstone Castle (a classic set-up for otherworldly events, from Narnia to the Spiderwick Chronicles). The plot involves the declining fortunes of the castle, a herd of magnificent white cattle, and a group of ghosts that befriends the child...more
Terry Atwood
This is a fun kids' book. Two siblings spend their summer break at their relatives' run-down castle. In order to save the castle and its unique herd of cows, they employ some ghosts to create a haunted castle for paying customers. There are complications, naturally. I listened to the audio version, and really enjoyed the reader. I laughed out loud a couple of times. Although it isn't really scary, one of the ghosts does have a gruesome appearance, so kids with active imaginations might be nervou...more
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Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner, 1925, Vienna, Austria) was a British novelist specializing in romance and children's fantasy. Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925. When Hitler came into power, Ibbotson's family moved to England. She attended Bedford College, graduating in 1945; Cambridge University from 1946-47; and the University of Durham, from which she graduat...more
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