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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
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May 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: victorian, england, 19th-century, boarding-schools, gothic, historical-fiction, k-6, orphans
Read in May, 2008

This was one of my favorite books when I was 12 or 13 - it always reminds me so much of Jane Eyre, and I'm not sure if it's just because of similarities in the story or because I read them at the same time - probably both. I remember being completely intrigued by the idea of using a frozen river for travel; it's an image that has stuck with me for many years - to escape via frozen water. This book has everything appealing to the gothic-minded young girl - hidden passage-ways, thwarted notes for help, evil governesses, a school mistress who passes out precious bits of cheese from a basket as reward for tattling. Perfection...
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Erica I loved those bits of cheese. Before I ever read this to my daughters, I had told them the story of the basket of cheese at the time of Bonnie's and Sylvia's escape.


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