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Nightbirds on NantucketHaving had enough of life on board the ship that saved her from a watery grave Dido Twite wants nothing Nightbirds on MOBI #233 than to sail home to England Instead Captain Cask. Dido Twite returns for her first full length adventure in this third installment of Aiken's Wolves Chronicles Rescued from the North Sea by the whaler Sarah Casket Dido eventually finds herself on Nantucket where she must cope with her whiny young companion Dutiful Penitence and a harsh task master named Aunt Tribulation Uncowed and unimpressed Dido is than a match for her adversary But as yet another nefarious plot to assassinate Good King Jamie begins to unfold around her it will take all of her considerable resources to foil this latest Hanoverian outrageThe fun continues as one of the most level headed and common sensical heroines in children's literature confronts some of the zaniest and most hilariously convoluted plot twists known to melodrama With her penchant for whimsically appropriate names the surprise appearance of a character from the beloved The Wolves of Willoughby Chase a suitably improbable plot and a humorous send up of Melville's Moby Dick in the form of Captain Casket's obsessive uest to find the great pink whale Nightbirds on Nantucket is sure to pleaseLike the earlier Black Hearts in Battersea this title was originally illustrated by Robin Jacues and it is a shame that his drawings were not retained in later editionsAddendum Because the reading order of this series is somewhat complicated I have included this handy guide which is organized by publication date and which I recommend to prospective readers of the series rather than the one offered here on GoodreadsReading Order for the Series1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts in Battersea3 Nightbirds on Nantucket4 The Whispering Mountain5 The Cuckoo Tree6 The Stolen Lake7 Dido and Pa8 Is Underground9 Cold Shoulder Road10 Dangerous Games11 Midwinter Nightingale12 The Witch of ClatteringshawsA few notes Is Underground is the American name for the British original Is Similarly Dangerous Games was originally published in Britain as Limbo Lodge The Wolves of Willoughby Chase features two characters that recur but the two young heroines do not The Stolen Lake is the point at which the chronology becomes somewhat complicated as it is the sixth book but chronicles events that occur in between Night Birds on Nantucket #3 and The Cuckoo Tree #5 Is Underground or Is and Cold Shoulder Road both feature Is Twite cousin to the main heroine Dido They occur alongside the other books and their position in the series is not chronologically relevant Dangerous Games Limbo Lodge is another title that backtracks in the chronology Although not technically part of the series Aiken's Midnight Is a Place does occur in the same alternative timeline and is set in Blastburn the same imaginary city that features in the other books

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S unbearable When mysterious men lurk about in the evening fog the resourceful Dido rallies against their shenanigans with help from Dutiful a cabinboy named Nate and a pink whal. Writing a successful novel is sometimes a little like inventing a recipe for a special dish Take a dash of Jules Verne add essence of Charles Dickens several pinches of Herman Melville and season with adventure Would that it was as simple as that What you need is the main ingredient the protein in the dish and in Night Birds in Nantucket that is provided by the indomitable figure of Dido TwiteWhen we last saw Dido she'd been lost at sea somewhere off the northeast coast of England presumed dead That was December 1833 It is now ten months later and the poor lass has lain in a coma after having been picked up by the whaler Sarah Casket Like an amalgamation of Snow White and Moby Dick's Ishmael she is found in a wooden straw filled coffin like box on the other side of the world north of East Cape on the Russian side of the Bering Straits the East Cape Cape Dezhnev since 1898 was then popular with whalers She has been looked after by young Nate Pardon all the while and when she finally awakens it is to find it could be months before she is in a position to head back to England And while she waits she finds that those on board the Sarah Casket are a very strange bunch indeedFirst there is Jabez Casket the uaker captain from Nantucket who addresses everyone as thee and has a singular mission on his mind Then there is his daughter Dutiful Penance who has chosen to remain below unseen from grief at the loss of her mother What about the rascally Ebenezer Slighcarp the first mate what's his game And who is the mysterious woman Dido finds below decks who threatens Dido if her presence is revealed As the whaler makes its way back to the North Atlantic Dido discovers the Captain's obsession is with a pink whale but it is not until they reach Nantucket seven months later in April or May 1835 that Dido goes ashore to find that the story is not over yetIt's hard to review the third of the Wolves Chronicles without revealing too much of the story but by referring to the previously mentioned three authors I hope to indicate how intricately Joan Aiken plots what many might regard as 'only' a children's book Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon 1865 set at the end of the American Civil War features a manned projectile being sent to the earth's satellite One of the proposals involves building a giant cannon to the plans of J T Marston and the contemporary book illustration I'm sure furnished the inspiration for one of the main narrative devices Meanwhile Dickens or indeed any of his contemporaries wrote several plots about orphans and suchlike being badly bullied and manipulated by adults who should have known better; this is certainly the case with Dutiful Penance and Dido both of whom who have lost at least one parentLastly Melville's most famous novel Moby Dick is clearly a part model for Night Birds in Nantucket a pink whale called Rosie Lee and the madly driven Captain Casket parallel the white whale Moby Dick and Captain Ahab and a ship is indeed sunk by the action of the whale though not in the way one would guess let alone expectAmazingly there is even an assassination attempt on the British monarch in this novel much like the young ueen Victoria who nearly lost her life by a bullet at the end of May 1842 The one reads the one's impressed by Aiken's rich and inventive imagination But without the central figure of the resourceful irreverent brave and intensely likeable Dido who affects virtually everyone

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Nightbirds on Nantucket Summary Ê 8 ¶ [BOOKS] ✯ Nightbirds on Nantucket Author Joan Aiken – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Having had enough of life on board the ship that saved her from a watery grave Dido Twite wants nothing than to sail home to England Instead Captain Casket's ship lands in Nantucket where Dido and the Having had enoEt's ship lands in Nantucket where Dido and the captain's daughter Dutiful Penitence are left in the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation In Tribulation's farmhouse life i. Reading this to my nieces I read this so many times as a child but it is obvious to me now that Aiken had read a lot of Georgette Heyer Dido uses a lot of slang that I have encountered nowhere else I think that I as a child figured out all these expressions by context and it is interesting to see that the younger niece does that automatically and the 7th grader wants instant explanations It will be nice when we reach the Twite books I never readThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket comprise an amazing trilogy and one I reread many times in elementary school I guess the real reason that I didn't embrace her later books in the series with the same enthusiasm is that most of them came out after I was in high school and had moved on to other authors I have now collected most and hope that my nieces just introduced to the first three will continue enthusiastically although they do not seem to love historical fiction as I did Note to self must go to Nantucket some timeI remember fondly the NY Betsy Tacy group's visit to Books of Wonder to meet the now deceased Joan Aiken and read sadly recently that her sister Jane Aiken Hodge passed away