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Cold Shoulder Road (The Wolves Chronicles #9)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  299 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Arun returns to his mother's house on Cold Shoulder Road, only to find it deserted and flood-ravaged. Some say she's run off with a Silent Sect, other whisper that she's a witch, and Mrs Boles mutters fearfully about the Emjee and the Handsel child, but dares say no more. With the help of his indomitable cousin, Is Twite, Arun sets off in search of Admiral Fishkin - their ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Red Fox (first published 1995)
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Althea Ann
"Every night, around nine o'clock in Cold Shoulder road, the screaming began. It came from the end house in the row. It was not very loud. The sound was like the cries of the gulls that flew and whirled along the shingle-bank on the seaward side of the road..."

Joan Aiken really knows how to write stuff that, while wholly appealing to young people, is also genuinely chilling. When I was a kid, my local library had 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase' and its first two sequels. I was young enough when
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first line - on a sort of prologue page - although it is not labeled as such - is a sort of back story - although you don't understand it until midway through the book:"Every night, around nine o' clock in Cold Shoulder Road, the screaming began." Gothic, tongue-in-cheek- adventure involving a Chunnel created before its time, smuggled ivory tusks, a necklace of death, and Aiken's usual really horrible villains - flavored just right with the Gorey cover illustration. I've long enjoyed Aiken's ...more
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, owned
Sequel to Is Underground. In the previous book in the series, Is Twite travelled north to find her missing cousin, Arun. Now Arun has been found, and they are going back to his home town to reunite him with his mother. But when they get there, they discover that Aunt Ruth has disappeared. Arun's family was part of the Silent Sect, a strange group of true believers who believe that silence is holy and noise is sinful. But things have changed in the sect since Arun left -- there is a new, charisma ...more
Elizabeth Brush
my dudes, few people can tell stories like Joan Aiken did. bless this woman for inspiring my love of the weird, the absurd, and the strong. oh to be able to go back and reread these books with a fresh mind as an adult.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles," which I have also seen described as the "James III saga," is a bit challenging. A couple of the books have different titles in the U.S. than in the U.K. (Examples: Limbo Lodge=Dangerous Games; Is=Is Underground.) The fourth book in publication order, a prequel called The Whispering Mountain, is routinely left out of numbered lists of the canonincal series, which may lead to confusion about which book is the nth in the series. Midnight Is a Place is tre ...more
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dido-twite
The sequel to 'Is' (US: 'Is Underground') is another of Joan Aiken's unputdownable novels in the James III / Wolves sequence. The villains are as villainish as ever, with few redeeming features, the young (and not-so-young) protagonists are regularly scrobbled, and much of the fairytale action which would normally be regarded as implausible acquires a degree of reality through Aiken's powerful storytelling.

Rich in details, the novel dovetails chronologically into the rest of the series but can b
Rachel Stansel
Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Yeah, and no. This is just too slow and not making any sense. I gave it to about the halfway point before calling it. Perhaps if I had read the past books it would be better. The description seemed right up my alley, but the writing was just to stilted and dry for my taste. It has gotten great reviews from people who have read the series, but as someone who was not familiar with the series, the book just didn't go any where and when it did, it did so in a way that just didn't make much sense to ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-ya
Is is back, travelling with Arun from the north to find his mother in the south. But the house on Cold Shoulder Road is empty and the people are unfriendly and there are smugglers and bandits abroad with a fierce grip on the land, with hostage children and terrible reprisals and mammoth-tusk ivory smuggled through the channel tunnel. Another Tale Of Twites, good and bad, dogged heroism versus diabolical mischief. Chases and kidnaps, traps and escapes, inventive hidey-holes and strange folk of on ...more
Jenn Estepp
enjoyable, especially for the compleatist in me, who is keen on reading the entire series. but far from the best of the series. while i can get past the heavy use of "thought language" i hated the ever-so-convenient ending. that being said, i really enjoyed most of the characterizations and supporting players whom is twite interacts with in the course of this adventure.
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very different read than I was expecting. I've read her short stories, but this was my first Aiken novel. It is a complex story dealing with smuggling between France and England and the children and others who are caught in the fear and danger created by greedy people.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these loosely-linked stories set in an alternate British empire. The heroines are clever, kind and strong, the villains are suitably horrid, and the language is a delightful mash-up of urban slang and country dialect.
Anthony Faber
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolves #9. Is brings her cousin Arum back to his mother, but she's not there, she's off foiling a plot by wealthy powerful men, and Is and Arum help her out. In addition to bad science, this one has a few anachronisms.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Rather strange little fantasy. I would have probably loved it as a 4th or 5th grader.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"a right queer little Goblin" thought Is.
Miss Mouse
Caleb Lee
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felt a bit more disjointed than previous Wolves books, but still a great addition to the Twite storyline!
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, joan-aiken
This was the first book in Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence that I read; and the impression it left me still makes me shudder sometimes.
only two more after this, forever. unless i start writing posthumous continuations of the series-world.
Andrea Stoeckel
This was horrible! I returned it to NetGalley.
Ayu Palar
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
I read this book back then in high school when my English was still so-so. Yet I remember that I was impressed a lot by this book. It's dark but at the same time it offers the light.
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these stories very much. Sometimes I'm confused about characters that pop up and I don't remember them. Is that editing or my failing memory?
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Joan 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 in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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Other Books in the Series

The Wolves Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)
  • Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)
  • Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles, #3)
  • The Stolen Lake (The Wolves Chronicles, #4)
  • Dangerous Games (The Wolves Chronicles, #5)
  • The Cuckoo Tree (The Wolves Chronicles, #6)
  • Dido and Pa (The Wolves Chronicles, #7)
  • Is Underground (The Wolves Chronicles, #8)
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