Midnight Is a Place

Midnight Is a Place Lucas Bell Is Lonely And Miserable At Midnight Court, A Vast, Brooding House Owned By His Intolerable Guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby When A Mysterious Carriage Brings A Visitor To The House, Lucas Hopes He S Found A Friend At Last But The Newcomer, Anna Marie, Is Unfriendly And Spoiled And French Just When Lucas Thinks Things Can T Get Any Worse, Disastrous Circumstances Force Him And Anna Marie, Parentless And Penniless, Into The Dark And Unfriendly Streets Of Blastburn. We have read this book together many times and agree it s one of our all time favourite books A feel good book to read aloud by the fire Twice orphaned children endure hardship and adventure We love the scenes of the carpet factory and listening with horror to
Joan Aiken is a master at creating atmosphere, and Midnight Is a Place is no exception the book could well be called a Gothic novel for children, with its orphaned hero and heroine , disagreeable guardian, mysterious events, and gloomy setting Lucas Bell, an orphan, lives with his guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby, and his tutor, Julian Oakapple, in an old mansion called Midnight Court Soon after the arrival of Anna Marie, another orphan and the grandchild of the previous owner of Midnight Cour Joan Aiken is a master at creating atmosphere, and Midnight Is a Place is no exception the book could well be called a Gothic novel for children, with its orphaned hero and heroine , disagreeable guardian, mysterious events, and gloomy setting Lucas Bell, an orphan, lives with his guardian, Si
I am on a major Joan Aiken kick I am amazed by much of what she does strong willed smart young protagonists, dizzying plots, a delight in language including excellent cockney slang, a fine historical sense for detail, and the occasional odd metaphysical touch such as telepathy or Arthurian legends come to life What a genius I have enjoyed everything I ve read by her, and am pleased she was so prolific because there s so much left to explore.This book finds her in arestrained Dick I am on a major Joan Aiken kick I am amazed by much of what she does strong wille
Joan Aiken is one of my all time favourite children s writers Her books were out of print for a while and I haunted second hand bookshops in the hopes of building up my collection My copy of this wonderful book was bought from the Glebe Library years ago, and still has its yellow cardboard filing card in an envelope glued inside the front cover Happily, her books have all recently been re issued with fabulous new covers and so are easy to get hold of now It s difficult to exactly categorise Joan Aiken is one of my all time favourite children s writers Her books were out of print for a while and I haunted second hand bookshops in the hopes of building up my collection My copy of this wonderful book was bought from the Glebe Library years ago, and still has its yellow cardboard filing card in an envelope glued inside the front cover Happily, her books have all recently been re issued with fabulous new covers and so are easy to get hold of now It s difficult to exactly categorise Joan Aiken s work It s historical fiction, with a Dickensian feel thanks to its brilliantly drawn characters both comic and villainous , unusual names, and dark atmospheric settings Her stories are fabulously inventive, and often have surprising elements in them like
3.5 starsAiken is a unique writer it s generally alternative action historical fiction Some stories have some paranormal elements in them I ve decided to label her books historical fantasy I made up that genre name, but I like it.This one is a stand alone novel It takes place in the town of Blastburn with Yorkshire ish accents , a setting in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, but this is the only connection to that book or series The review quoted on the back of the book gives away a lot o 3.5 starsAiken is a unique writer it
90 years after I read it, the image of the carpet making machine and the child labor used to pick blobs of yarn off the carpets still haunts me. THIS is the book I read in Grade 7 that I ve been searching for for years I owe a huge thank you to GoodReads member Oolookitty who steered me this way after I posted a review of A Chance Child She recognized the carpet scene I d remembered from my childhood It was as nailbiting to read as it was when I was younger, from the winding sewer passages to the factory floor.A Midnight Place is really a delight to read, with Dickensian themes of orphans and industrial England, showcasing hardships a THIS is the book I read in Grade 7 that I ve been searching for for years I owe a huge thank you to GoodReads member Oolookitty who steered me this way after I posted a review of A Chance Child She recognized the carpet scene I d remembered from my childhood It was as nailbiting to read as it was when I was younger, from the winding sewer passages to the factory floor.A Midnight Place is really a delight to read, with Dickensian themes of orphans and industrial England, showcasing hardships and triumphs The ending is perhaps a little TOO tidy, but as a youth novel that explored many dark themes around
Joan Aiken continues her proto steampunk adventures for children Less silly than the Willoughby Chase series no one bounces ten feet in the air on a windowseat cushion, for example , the standard Aiken universe is still in place a place called Midnight Plucky kids are still being done out of their homes and inheritance by unscrupulous adults Good folks still live underground And industry is still a bad thing, although in this book we are told as much right out loud, as Grandmere and Mr Oak Joan Aiken continues her proto steampunk adventures for children Less silly than the Willoughby Chase
I picked up this book in a second hand shop when I was about ten and was captivated from start to finish I don t think it s too harsh and gloomy at all As a child I loved reading about the tough challenges that Lucas and Anna Marie face as they try to make their way through the world I still reread it every few years and enjoy it as much as ever I think it s important for children to read about characters who have difficult lives A lot of real life children face all sorts of challenges and I picked up this book in a second hand shop when I was about ten and was captivated from start to finish I don t think it s too harsh and gloomy at all As a child I loved reading about the tough challenges that Lucas and Anna Marie face as they try to make their way through the world I still reread it every few years and enjoy it as much as ever I think it s important for children to read about characters who have difficult lives A lot of real life children face all sorts of challenges and if they read about fictional children surviv
Plot summary Lucas Bell lives in a gloomy house with no one but his bad tempered guardian and tutor for company But when someone else comes to live at Midnight Court, things are about to change forever Thoughts I LOVED Joan Aiken s books as a kid They were a big part of what got me interested in history and the Victorian eraspecifically The characters weren t nearly as wonderful as I remembered them being, and the story contains quite a lot of deaths But then again, it s set in 1842 Plot summary Lucas Bell lives in a gloomy house with no one but his bad tempered guardian and tutor for company But when someone else comes to live at Midnight Court, things are about to change forever Thoughts I LOVED Joan Aiken s books as a kid They were

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Midnight Is a Place
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 15 January 2018
  • 0618196250