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Calling all wolves


illustration by Pat Marriott, from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza is hosting an evening in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. You should go.

The anniversary has also prompted a new audio edition of the novel (Listening Library) about which Martha says:

“I’ve just started listening to it, narrated by Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza, and it’s superb. The combination of the author’s masterful storytelling and the narrator’s assured and intimate reading is mesmerizing.  I hope Lizza goes on to read the whole Wolves sequence – it’s wonderful to be subsumed into that world again! I just want to drop everything and listen. (Maybe I could have the day off?) As an added bonus, Lizza introduces the audiobook with a brief story about how her mother came to write the book—a huge treat for Aiken fans.”

You should listen.


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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. I visited Lizza in August and have been in touch since regarding the celebration. It is going to be splendid! I will be sharing some blog posts by some 5th and 6th graders here at Dalton who just read the book and liked it enormously. So glad to know LIzza’s audio is great too. We Yanks need to do a better job getting the word out. I will be doing my little bit shortly with a blog post featuring photos of LIzza’s amazing Joan Aiken museum at the bottom of her garden. Those in the NYC area, come, come, come to the celebration!

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