Joan Aiken ; Illustrated by Pat Marriott
Delacorte Press. 1962
Horn Book Guide:
Volume XII Number 2 Fall 2001 Intermediate Fiction Rating 2, Superior, well above average.
Terry (BookHive (www.bookhive.org)) Think Lemony Snicket meets "The Little Princess" to get an idea of this hair- raising story involving two young cousins, ravenous wolf packs roaming the countryside, and a really wicked governess. Bonnie and Sylvia are left at the mercy of the evil Miss Slighcarp when Bonnie's parents must leave on an ocean voyage. However, no one has a clue that Miss Slighcarp has arranged an intricate plan to ensure their ship will sink to the bottom of the sea! She takes over the family mansion and sends Bonnie and Sylvia to a horrible "school" for orphans. Will the sinister Miss Slighcarp ever get what she deserves? This book will keep you in suspense till the last page is turned! Category: Classics; Historical; Scary. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1962, Delacorte Press. Ages 9 to 12.