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The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  1,373 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews

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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Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
3 1/2 stars

Read as an adult.

Not as gory as some of Ms. Ibbotson's other books. The ghosts were a bit gruesome, but that's ok... they're GHOSTS after all!
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Robin Stevens
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming, funny and rather dark tale about the importance of being kind - whether the person you're being kind to happens to be a sacred cow, a child or a bloodstained ghost. Delightful stuff.
Indah Threez Lestari
163 - 2017
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
Kira Nerys
When I was in fourth grade, I did a project on Eva Ibbotson. I'd just read Time Stops for No Mouse, and wanted to choose Michael Hoeye instead, but we needed an author who'd written at least 5 books, and he hadn't published that many yet. I still consider myself an informal expert on Ibbotson, despite having absolutely forgotten everything I researched. The Beasts of Clawstone Castle reminds me a bit of Ibbotson's Dial-a-Ghost--or perhaps one of her other ghost-heavy tales. I also began thinking ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable audio book. The narrator was very good, using different voices for different characters and having the right tone for each situation. I liked the novel because it had different plots happening in a relatively short book. It's a family drama, with a ghost story, it has some mysteries and stresses the importance of respecting animals. Despite being a book that children will like it is sophisticated enough for adults enjoy. I had a great time reading it and would recommend it.
Claire R Kerry
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very strong start, but towards the end it got a bit weird and preachy.
Jordan Wheeler
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-novels
This is a fantasy book with huge amounts of imagination and whimsy. The characters are really fun and varied.
It's silly and pretty hilarious, really.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, ghost-stories
I haven't met an Eva Ibbotson book that I didn't like. This isn't one of my favorites, but it's a great, humorous ghost story where (of course) children and ghosts save the day.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, roman-ado
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
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
Aug 06, 2016 marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
I can't mark this as 'read' because I skipped some latter chapters.

From the cover I expected a sort of horror comedy, but what I wasn't expecting was gross-out stuff like that found in Horrible Histories. Which is very popular with kids, but I can't handle it myself. The descriptions of these ghosts are quite disgusting.

As a child reader I never questioned an author's positioning of goodies against baddies; the viewpoint character was always, unambiguously, the goodie. But as an adult my naivety
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encore une agréable découverte faite grâce à La box de Pandore! Encore une fois, merci à l'équipe qui sait faire de très bon choix!

Bienvenue à Griffstone raconte l'histoire de Madlyn et Rollo, envoyés au château de Griffstone pour l'été, pour que leurs parents puissent travailler loin de chez eux. Une fois sur place, ils se rendront compte que les journées portes-ouvertes qu'organise leur oncle Sir George ne rapportent rien. Alors ils ont une idée de génie: et si ils faisaient appel aux fantômes
Jenny Lu
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madlyn and Rollo were sent away to live in Clawstone Castle with their aunt and uncle, while their parents went to a holiday meeting in New York City. However, the neighbouring castle’s owner, Lord Trembellow, was anxious to team up with the unwealthy castle, and used what he could to make his towers better than Clawstone. When he found out the Wild White Cattle of Clawstone were making the poor aunt and uncle hang on to their territory, he pretended to be a vet with the rest of his family, and ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Abby Johnson
May 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  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
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
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
Tegan Jessop
So i wasn't originally going to read this book this month but i decided to because I had nothing else to read and it was just sitting on my shelf. I mean I did win this book for a writing comp a few years back so I thought "hey why not?"

So this book did not play out like I thought it would. TBH I didn't know what to expect from this book. I mean it definitely was different, quite weird but different and the descriptions of the ghosts and some of the scenes were quite gruesome for a children'
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Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner) 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 graduated with a diploma in edu
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