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Joan Aiken

Midnight Is a Place

The author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase presents a darkly humorous adventure starring two troubled orphans in a weird and wild world.
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 . . .
Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl
“There is nobody like Joan Aiken for creating chilling nightmares. In . . . Midnight is a Place we have machines which crush children to death, herds of man-eating hogs in subterranean sewers . . .. Aiken writes superbly, with a force, a color, and strength of imagination that one encounters all too rarely today.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
“An abundance of action, suspense, and melodrama . . . there is never a dull moment.” —School Library Journal
“Aiken knows how to keep a kid on the edge of his seat.” —Book World
“The author proves once again that she writes about children in distress better than anyone since Dickens.” —Time
298 printed pages
Original publication
2002

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