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Is Underground by Joan Aiken
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really liked it
Recommended for: anyone who likes wild historical fantasy
Read 2 times. Last read 2019.

At the request of her dying uncle, Isabella "Is" Twite, little sister to Penelope and Dido, confronts her other uncle--the wicked one--and rescues her lost cousin. The fantastic plot here is admittedly based on Joan Aiken's and Jane Aiken Hodge's own childhood imaginings. Abednego Desmond Twite was an unsatisfactory father; his brother Roy is the complete evil capitalist who takes over the whole town of Blastburn, forces all the children to work in mines, and declares himself king of Northern England.

Should children absorb this stereotype? By all means...because in the real world nobody like Roy Twite ever existed, or ever will. That's what makes him such a delightful super-villain, such a fitting proof that Is's super-girl powers are equal to if not greater than Dido's. It also shows, in the unlikely event that children think about the political overtones of comic adventure stories, how improbable the whole Marxist economic paradigm always was.

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Reading Progress

1999 – Started Reading
1999 – Finished Reading
2019 – Started Reading
2019 – Finished Reading
November 6, 2019 – Shelved

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