How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!
Can you go a little faster? Can you run?
Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn’t seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?
If this book would have an emoji, it would definitely be the heart-eyed emoji. I absolutely adored this book. I totally got it confused with another series and so wasn’t overly excited about reading it. However, this story gripped me right from the start and I think it’s going to be a book that I buy for myself to use in the classroom. I really thought it was an outstanding piece of children’s literature!
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase centres around Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia. Sylvia comes to live with Bonnie and her family after her aunt becomes unwell. Bonnie comes from a well to do family. Bonnie and Sylvia have a new governness, who is supposed to care for the girls whilst Bonnie’s mother and father are away. She’s a horrible woman. Bonnie stands up to her, so she shuts Bonnie in a cupboard with little food. The governess fires the sevants and sends away the cousins far away from their home. Bonnie and Sylvia end up being treated shockingly at their new ‘school.’ They have to find a way back to their home before everything is destroyed by the governess.
I loved to hate the evil villains in this story and trust me, there are plenty of them. I loved Bonnie’s fiesty attitude and her determination to do what was right. Bonnie and Sylvia seemed to connect straight away and to me, felt like sisters more than cousins. There are some amazing characters in this book which you quickly love or hate. This book really did make me smile. I read it in no time at all, and I think it truly will stay a classic!
What I love about this book, is that it may have been published in the 1960s but it feels timeless. It feels exciting and fresh and something that children now would enjoy as well.
For Beth’s brilliant review, please check out her blog HERE.
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!
Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (October):
Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild