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

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Product details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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

About the Author

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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I love this book which will appeal to children and adults alike. It's a tale set in Whitby and it incorporates many of the traditional legends of the town including the Barguest (the supernatural fierce black dog, which is a Yorkshire legend), the white lady alleged to haunt the Abbey, myths surrounding St Hilda, and some of the Dracula myths too (the witch crawling down the cliff is very redolent of this); but what I loved most about this book is the way it captures the quintessential essence of Whitby as a magical town. The children arrive on the train - and in all honesty there is no better way to arrive in Whitby. The train service might be rubbish and expensive nationally these days, but there's something magical about the point where the train stops and then goes back on itself in order to get to Whitby. It literally is like going back in time.

The children in the story arrive and are swept away by the magic of the town - staying in one of the famous yards of the town with "Aunt Alice", they visit all of the best places in town (Pannet Park and the Museum there, with its corpse candle and model of the Abbey before the central tower collapsed - do not miss this if you go to Whitby) before becoming embroiled in an adventure with the fisher folk.

What this lovely novel also captures is the close-knittedness (if that's even a word) of the town - the gossipy old ladies who spend all their time having afternoon tea and wondering about their neighbours is probably quite true to life - certainly it was an aspect of the town life which Sylvia Gaskell honed in on for her Sylvia's Lovers (similarly set in the town).

I've read all three of the trilogy in this series and the first is definitely the best. A great book - even greater if (like me) you love Whitby.
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I loved all Robin Jarvis as a child, and am now reading them to my own son. So many memories, and so much magic, excitement and wonder. best moment was hearing my son tell me he had 'pictures' in his mind about what Aunt Alices cottage looks like, what the aufwaders look like, the abbey, and the docks. In other words, he is using his imagination and getting woven into the story. Cannot recommend Robin Jarvis more highly, this was the first series I read, and its never lost its wonder.
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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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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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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2010
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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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My parents and me and my sister read this trilogy together and it was absolutley fantastic - we all loved it. We read the last chapter of the last book on a bench at the top of the 199 steps in Whitby. Perfect.

A must-read!
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I first had this read to me as a child and my mum loved it as much as I did. I'm in my mid-twenties now and picked it up from my shelf for a bit of nostalgia. But wow. This is one of the best books I've ever read, children's story or not. Part of the genius is the way Jarvis doesn't patronise his audience - there's complex vocabulary and he doesn't shy away from including all sorts of murders and magics. It never gets too nasty but nevertheless this is horror fiction you can give to a child, anchored by mythological and gothic traditions. I'd recommend this book to anyone; adult or child, horror fan or otherwise. It's fantastic.
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