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The Whitby Witches (Whitby series) [Paperback]

Robin Jarvis
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11 Aug 1995 Whitby series
Part of a series of novels designed to bridge the gap between children's and adult fiction. The emphasis is on dynamic, imaginative novels with strong characterization and fast moving plots.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Wayland (11 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750005815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750005814
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shunted between foster homes since the death of their parents, Jennet and Ben make a new start in Whitby. They have special powers and their guardian, Alice Boston, is not as she seems...The first title in a stunning audio trilogy from best-selling fantasy author, Robin Jarvis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robin Jarvis studied graphic design in Newcastle and then worked in television and advertising making model monsters and puppets. He has been a full-time writer and illustrator for some time, and has a large following among children and adults. Robin's books are consistent best-sellers and he has won several awards for his work. The Dark Portal was runner-up for the Smarties Prize in 1989. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Children's Story 21 Feb 2010
What a great story, aimed at older children but will appeal to adult readers (like me!) too.
Set in the wonderful town of Whitby in Yorkshire, this story really captures the gothic and ghostly feeling that I always experience when I visit, despite the amusement arcades and the tourist attractions, Whitby has never lost it's roots.
Ben and Jennet are orphans, they've lived in numerous foster homes without success and have been sent to Whitby to live with 92 year-old Alice. Ben can 'see' things and this has caused problems in the past, not in Whitby though - he fits right in there!
A tale of folklore, fisher-folk, witches, myths and some horror, this book kept me turning the pages as the magical tale unfolded.
Recommended to me by my friend Rita - thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every child should read this book 27 Jan 2009
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I first read this when I was about 10 and I've re read the whole trilogy loads of times since then. This book is still the best of the three, I still find myself looking for the aufwaders everytime I go the Whitby.

The book has a couple of themes..growing up, annoying brothers, coping with changes which most older children can identify with, but the thing that sticks with you most when your young is the big black dog and the witches.

The pictures in the book are great too. This is one of the only books I haven't grown out of, its still on the shelf with the hobbit and the Narnia books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly evil 12 Nov 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
Amazing,fantasic,intriguing,horrifying,mysterious with loads of suspense. Good and evil fight again in this terrific book. There are loads of individual plots that all come together. An inspired book. Brilliant wherever you are, but if you think you can stand the horror, read it in Whitby
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This story is about Two children Jennet and Ben who's parents died and didnt get on in Adoption! That was until a relative wrote and said they wanted to look after them but this relative had a different insentive which had something to do with Ben!I liked it because it was gripping and you'd like it if you like Stories about witches!Have a read............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down! 4 Feb 2001
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This book is very cleverly written, an excellent plot and storyline. I finshed this book extremely quickly, in about 1 or 2 days because I couldn't put it down. It is similar to "Black Maria" by Diana Wynne Jones. I would recommend it to readers of 12 and over. It is also very inspiring and compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best ever 26 Mar 2014
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one of my most favourite series of books ever. im sure that aunt alice is a double for Margret Rutherford! it sucks you into the book and doesn't let you leave. honest I had to get it locked away so I could goto bed when I first read it. long live books and great imaginations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unknown classic 21 Sep 2013
This is one of my favourite books. I read it when I was 14 after visiting Whitby and I became enthralled - obsessed even - by the sheer scope of the story. This was written way before The Sixth Sense, yet it shares the same basic story - a boy who can see dead people, only it goes MUCH further. It is thrilling, exciting, mysterious, evil, and genuinely scary. There is a moment set on the 199 steps in Whitby, shrouded with fog at midnight, that is one of the most wondrous scenes I've ever read. Steven Spielberg would turn it into a movie classic. And why not? This is highly original, and unlike most actual R rated horror movies these days, it enters into what is true horror territory. The dog scene in the cemetery with Jennet had me sleeping with the lights on. If you want to read a disturbing novel, go to Whitby and then read this. The succeeding two novels don't quite live up to the same standards but certainly aren't bad. Not for kids at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read! Has you hooked from the start! 15 Dec 2011
I noticed my brother reading this book quite a while ago. He didn't put it down until he finished!! Being intrigued I decided to get my own copy. I was not disappointed. This is certainly one of my favorite books of all time. I usually like humor books that can make me laugh and have lots of links to the moans and groans of life. This book however is dark and scary. The plot is amazing. There are many twists and turns and everything is very well thought out. Even the illustrations you occasionally find are wonderful. The description is superb and goes a long way in making you feel like your right there in the action. It certainly helps if you have been to Whitby before as it is easier to imagine all the places described. It's full of mystery, magic, witched, darkness and truly is a great read. I have since bought many more books by Robin Jarvis which I cannot wait to read. I love the style of writing and would recommend to all. This is a book which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Also getting into the nitty and gritty points I think the font size is just right, not too big or small. The paper quality is also good for reading. I hate books where the pages are soo thin you feel like it will rip. The front cover illustration goes with the story line and will make sense once you have read the book. The back gives a good insight into the book, just enough to grab your attention but not give anything away. This book really is a gem. Check out the next two in the trilogy as well, they are just as good!
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