The Whitby Witches: The Whitby Witches (Whitby series) Paperback – 11 Aug 1995
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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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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great series that i enjoyed in my younger years and since rediscovered and now reading to my own children, It is a dark series but oh so good!Published 18 days ago by Fee
I was happy with this purchase that weaved a story about whitby and the surrounding areaPublished 22 months ago by John Foulds
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. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by A. McLellan