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Midnight Is a Place (Wolves Chronicles) [Paperback]

Joan Aiken
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28 Oct 2002 0618196250 978-0618196258 Reissue
Originally published in 1974, a new edition of a tale of villainy and intrigue in which a boy and a girl, previously cold towards each other, are brought together by a terrible incident and the prospect of a treacherous and terrifying ordeal. With black and white line illustrations.
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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Reissue edition (28 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618196250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618196258
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,417,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joan Aiken is one of the best loved authors of the twentieth century, and has written over one hundred books for young readers and adults.

The 50th Anniversary of "THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE" was celebrated with a new Classic Hardback Edition and a Vintage Classics paperback, and a brand new AUDIO READ BY Joan's daughter Lizza Aiken. Hailed as "One Genuine Small Masterpiece" by Time magazine when it first came out, the book is still appearing in new translations all over the world.

Joan Aiken's classic Historical thriller set in her own Dickensian world of Mansions and Mudlarks...HIGHLY ACCLAIMED AND CELEBRATING 40 YEARS IN PRINT!

SEE ALSO new editions of one of Joan's most astonishing adventure series - The Felix Trilogy - Go Saddle the Sea, Bridle the Wind & The Teeth of The Gale

Read More at "The Wonderful World of Joan Aiken" at www.joanaiken.com

https://www.facebook.com/JoanAikenOfficial and http://joanaiken.wordpress.com/

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Joan Aiken is one of the most remarkable writers in modern children's fiction. (The Sunday Times)

An old-fashioned rattling good yarn, full of extraordinary characters and gloriously rich language (Adele Geras, TES)

Joan Aiken is a superb storyteller. Even when her stories touch on the dark, mystical side, they pull children with with fascination, not fear (Sainsbury's Magazine)

Fog Hounds: 'Spellbinding adventures which are modern fairy tales.' (Aldershot Mail)

A gem from the top-class author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Birmingham Post)

A collection of manageably short but grippingly exciting tales that will have (children) coming back for more. (The Lady) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hugely memorable classic from the highly-acclaimed author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Aiken 15 Sep 2008
This is typical story by Joan Aiken of her fantastical history series. It centres on the joint fortunes of Lucas and Anna-Marie, orphaned heirs of a carpet factory. Braving the industrial horrors of Blastburn, a recurring town in the series, the two battle for survival. They learn many important lessons in looking after Lucas's tutor, Mr Oakapple, working both as match girl and tosh boy, even entering the employment of the carpet factory as a claw-cleaner. Through their adventures, they run afoul of the evil network of Bob Bluddward and eventually defeat him. Blastburn, the background for the story, is a very realistic picture of a grimy working town, and Aiken has obviously researched the period (although fictional, the timeline in The James III series can be linked to the 1800s). This is a good story, with enough twists in the plot to keep the reader interested.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful Book!!!! 18 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Midnight Is A Place By Joan Aiken is a terribly wonderful book that follows Aiken's Dickens' style of English story telling, adding a twist of fantasy. It is the story of two young children, who are from very different backgrounds, that come together in order to survive after a very tragic event. It is a must read for all Aiken and Childrens English literature fans!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but slow 21 July 2003
By A Customer
Midnight is a Place is a children’s novel from the author of “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase”. Set in the 19th century, the story follows the lonely Lucas Bell, whose guardian owns a carpet factory. The boys’ wishes soon come true when a young girl comes to stay. From here on in it’s a terrifying but superbly realistic ride involving escape, the harsh conditions of the factory, living on the streets and scourging in the sewers.
I really enjoyed this book, although it has a slow beginning, and the only criticism I can find is the lack of a solid theme to the novel as a whole. Recommended to anyone over twelve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written 21 Nov 2013
By Apionid
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Children's fiction as it used to be. A gripping story that I just loved when I was a child and hunted down as an adult so I could read it again.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Introduction to the Classic Gothic Thriller 14 Nov 2002
By Lawrence E. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
It's got all the ingredients of a classic Gothic thriller (the creepy mansion, the unpleasant guardian, the servant with a hidden past, the lonely orphan, the depressing, filthy, poverty-stricken town, the sudden reversals of fortune, the mysterious benefactor) but MIDNIGHT IS A PLACE is written for that twilight area in the great scheme of publishing demographics--somewhere between middle school and adult, somewhere past chapter books but not quite ready for Great Literature. And in Aiken's expert hands, this is a wonderful place to explore. Lucas Bell, the lonely orphan with the unpleasant guardian, lives in the frightening mansion called Midnight Court, is taught by the servant with the hidden past, is subjected to the sudden reversals of fortune, including the unexpected arrival of another orphan (Anne-Marie, a plucky young French girl), a devastating fire, the need to find work in the local factory, the help of a secretive old lady, and the long unraveling of the mystery of his name and fortune. It's glorious stuff, over-the-top, a wonderful read, moody and frightening and funny by turns, managing both to exploit the genre and to rise above it. Young readers who have enjoyed the Lemony Snicket books, and who are now ready for something better, something real, something that's sort of a complex three-way cross between Dickens, Austen, and old-fashioned Gothic romances, will enjoy this book. It'd be a quick read for adults, but I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the genre.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and fascinating story... 26 Jan 2002
By "tysch" - Published on Amazon.com
Joan Aiken sets many of her children's books in a slightly off-kilter Victorian world, and this is one of them. Lucas and Anna-Marie are orphans in the care of a miserly, grim old man who owns carpet-making factories. After a terrible accident, the two children have to survive on their own, and this takes them through the dark alleyways, factories, and even sewers of the nearby town. Some parts are quite scary, and others are strange in a larger-than-life kind of way, including the descriptions of the machines in the factories. The characters are wonderful, though, and as always, there is a sense of atmosphere in Ms. Aiken's books that I've found no where else. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book......worthwhile! 16 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Midnight is a place is about two orphans, Lucas and Anne-Marie who struggle withought their parents. thier home- midnight court is burnt down and they are forced to work for their money, they cant afford anything and they are always made fun of. that is unitl anne-marie finds a lady who is her grandmother. read this book to find out how lucas survives from the wild hogs and the mad man while he is working and anne-marie survives from bob bloodward, the man who is after her at midnight mill, and how does lucas get his money back? simply find out buy the book Midnight Is A Place to find out!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Aiken's best one 2 Oct 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I think that Midnight is a Place is the best of Joan Aiken's. It is more suspensful than the others, and at the end of every chapter your always wondering what's going to happpen next. Also, the story is very origional. Joan Aikens writing is so good that you feel like you are actually there!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Overlooked 24 May 2006
By Ada the Great - Published on Amazon.com
Midnight is a Place a dark story that really draws you into its world. This book has so much depth and imagination without being a to childlike and foolish. A great story, different from others out there
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