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Friday, May 30, 2014

Wolves of Willoughby Chase (CONCLUSION) :: RtK Book Club

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Time to conclude this month's edition of the Reading to Know Classics Book Club. During the month of May we were to read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Our discussion is being led by Bluerose's Heart. Below are her thoughts on this book:


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After reading The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, I couldn't be happier that it was my pick! It ended up being somewhat of a dark fairy tale. My copy had illustrations scattered throughout, and for me, that always adds pleasure to my reading.

The story mostly centers around cousins Bonnie and Sylvia. The two are joined together just in time to help each other through the trials to come. I couldn't help but like these girls. Bonnie is full of energy and excitement, while Sylvia is greatly concerned with being proper. As with many classics, both of these children, along with many others along the way, show qualities that I couldn't help but respect. They have to find courage for the adventures thrown in front of them, and make sacrifices along the way. Growth is sure to happen in those circumstances. This is a book that I will gladly keep around for my boys to read(or for me to read to them).

As I mentioned in my introduction, I had a vibe that this book might be odd. My favorite part of the book was the train ride that involved a gun. (If you haven't read the book yet, maybe your curiosity will motivate you now!) It was so ridiculous that I snickered a few times, and turned to my husband to proclaim how I'd picked the perfect book. The rest of the story doesn't contain the same crazy humor, but I very much wish it did. Still, though, I fell in love with the story, either way!

I only have one somewhat disappointment with this book. I was left a little baffled with the wolves' part in the story. I kept expecting there to be some sort of connection, and was even wondering if it would be a connection that would make this book fantasy, but it never came. There are so many little hints along the way, that I couldn't help but be disappointed that they weren't explained. Other than that, all strings were left tied pretty neatly by the end, and I was left a happy reader.

I have the next book already waiting for me, and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!

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Did you read along with us? This is the post to let us know! If you've written up a blog post sharing your thoughts, please link up in the comment section below!

8 comments:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I enjoyed this one so much but though tote same thing about the wolves--

www.hopeisthewordblog.com/2014/05/26/the-wolves-of-willoughby-chase-by-joan-aiken/

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

THOUGHT THE same thing

(There you go, Carrie--comment #2!).

Stephanie Shepherd said...

http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2014/05/book-talk-wolves-of-willoughby-chase.html

It's making me laugh that we all thought the exact same thing about those wolves!

Thanks for picking this one - loved reading it with my kids this spring. : )

Sky said...

I think the "wolves" may well be a reference not to the literal wolves in the woods but to the terrible two legged variety that so tormented the children and caused such distress!
I too enjoyed this book very much. I had never heard of this author and now I have more books to pursue!

Annette Whipple said...

There was a delay borrowing this from my library so I'm just starting it...

Bluerose said...

I'm glad everyone ended up liking this one as much as me! :) I could very well have a new author added to my "favorites" list with Aiken. (though I'll wait to make it official until I've read some more of her works)

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Sky-
I'm so happy for your family. When I saw the news, there were tears. I've been praying, and I'm just so, so happy for y'all! :D

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

Another book I missed out on as a kid, but I'm so glad I read it now!

Here are my thoughts:
http://www.smilingshelves.com/home/the-wolves-of-willoughby-chase-rtk-book-club

Anonymous said...

Praise the LORD, he's safe! Thank you!

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