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The Whitby Witches: The Whitby Witches (Whitby series) Paperback – 11 Aug 1995


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Wayland (11 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750005815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750005814
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,177 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Speight on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR MICHAEL BAXTER on 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 book is brilliant, with everything we expect from Robin Jarvis - atmosphere, tension, unpredictability and characters it's easy to relate to, plus the usual load of terrifying evils and chilling monsters. For me, this wasn't as good as the other Robin Jarvis books but that was partly due to the similarities between Ursula Webster from The Wyrd Museum Trilogy, the Starwife from the Deptford Mice Trilogy and Miss Boston in this book. Robin Jarvis can get away with the same kind of character in two trilogies, but not in three. If you haven't read the other trilogies, you won't find this usual territory and I can guarantee you'll love it.
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By A Customer on 22 Jan 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book absolutely brilliant. It brings the imagination of young readers alive, and being familiar with Whitby, it only made it more real for me. The storyline is wonderful with many plot twists and an excellent ending. I went on to read the rest of the Whitby Witches series and got completely hooked on Jarvis' novels. I would recommend this to any teenager with an eye for adventure and mystery.
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By Amazon Customer on 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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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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