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The Beasts of Clawstone Castle [Kindle Edition]

Eva Ibbotson
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When Madlyn and Rollo are sent to staying at ancient Clawstone Castle they soon fall in love with the house and its eccentric, penniless inhabitants. There’s grumpy, limping Uncle George, mousey Miss Emily, and reclusive Cousin Howard who hardly ever leaves his library. But the children are especially enchanted by the Cattle of Clawstone Park - rare and beautiful beasts, as white as snow and as wild as wolves. No one knows where they came from, but the owners of Clawstone have always protected them. So as the castle crumbles away, Madlyn and Rollo devise a money-raising scheme. With the help of a gang of ghosts – including The Bloodstained Bride, an aristocrat whose heart is constantly being gnawed by a rat, Mr Smith the one-eyed skeleton, and a pair of dancing phantom feet – they turn Clawstone into a genuine haunted house! But as the money rolls in, a ruthless plotter is close to carrying out his sinister ambition, a plan that could threaten the very existence of the fabled Beasts of Clawstone Castle…

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Grade 5-8–Victims of busy parents, Madlyn, 11, and Rollo, 9, go to stay with an eccentric cast of relatives at Clawstone Castle. Along with Great-Aunt Emily, her brother Great-Uncle George, and no-longer-living Cousin Howard, the real attraction is the legendary and noble Wild White Cattle herd. The children join the family's endeavors to support the animals by turning the place into a museum, but when the bovines are cow-napped, each family member plays a part in their return, along with Ibbotson's usual cadre of banshees and ghosts, as well as a pair of Scottish feet. Everything readers like about this author is present in good amounts. From the first chapter, they will make an emotional connection with Madlyn and Rollo and with the impoverished, yet creative castle denizens. While a ghost with a rat munching on its heart may not leave a pleasant feeling in one's stomach, it cannot be denied that it is memorable, even more so when Ibbotson convinces readers to pity the rat. She deftly brings in such contemporary issues as land development, animal rights, and the environment without creating an obvious message. The story's quest pattern (find the cows!) makes the plot easy to follow and well structured, accompanied by humorous and disgusting details aplenty. Hawkes's whimsical, full-page line drawings are scattered throughout. More of a page-turner than some of Ibbotson's recent stories, this novel will find a following among readers of Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic, 2003) or Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series (HarperCollins).–Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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Eleven-year-old Madlyn and her younger brother, Rollo, are sent to stay with their great-aunt and -uncle Clawstone at crumbling Clawstone Castle, only to be embroiled in the castle's financial troubles; the castle must attract more paying visitors to maintain its legendary herd of Wild White cattle. To compete with a nearby attraction, the castle needs some chills and thrills, so the Clawstones select some vulgar, terrifying ghosts and set up such a frightening show that tourists scream, faint, and retch--only to return with their friends. Through the machinations of some unknown persons, however, the Clawstones lose the cattle, leaving the children (and the ghosts) with a mystery to solve. Plot embellishments are sometimes distracting, and the convoluted story comes together in a series of coincidences. Ibbotson's charismatic ghosts are great, however------as human as they are horrific--and there's plenty of quirky humor in this energetic, diverting read, loaded with charm. Krista Hutley
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  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (April 9, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New book by Ibbotson December 13, 2005
This book was published in England in May 2005 and will release in USA in 2006. So I bought the British copy as I could not wait for another marvelous story from Eva to send me into stitches of laughter.

In the story a brother and sister, Madlyn and Rollo, are sent to stay with their kindly Uncle at his "Castle Clawstone" set in the Scottish Highlands. On arrival they find out the dreamy sounding castle is falling apart. The castle is under a huge debt and no funds are available for repair. There are friendly ghosts living in the castle, as well as some rare wild white cattle living on the property and they are at risk if the castle isn't saved. And who is the mysterious being hiding in the library? The siblings have auditions with ghosts to find the best ghosts to scare visitors to complete their plan to turn the castle into a haunted tourist attraction. As usual; Ibbotson's ghosts are nutty as they can be including the Bloodstained Bride ,a pair of hairy Scottish feet without a body, a girl cut in half in a magic act, and others. Madlyn turns out to be a natural financial genius and they start making money. But a neighbor has very evil plans for the cattle, and it will take every effort by the siblings and their new alllies to fight back. I highly reccommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio book of The Beasts of Clawstone Castle March 1, 2011
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This is a wonderful story. I got it so that my fifth graders could listen to it, but I've kept it in my car. David Tennant's voice is a dream to listen to, which is the reason I decided to purchase it in the first place. I was not disappointed.
Several hours of an enchanted voice and a good story. You can't go wrong with that combination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! February 10, 2012
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I'm seven years old and I just like the cattle, mostly, and the ghosts. The characters are really creative. It makes me anxious. I like to be anxious. It is just a very fun book.
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Eva Ibbotson was an incredible writer, often laugh out loud funny, always amazinfly inventive. I am really sorry that unless someone finds unpublished stories among her archives, we will have no more new books from her silenced pen since she died in 2010. On the other hand, THIS book is a treasure trove for all ages. You don't have to be a middle school child to enjoy her books. Now that I am retired, I am on a quest to find all of her books that I missed earlier, and rereading (or,m in this case, relistening) to ones I enjoyed earlier. The woman knew how to tell a story, how to keep us on the edge of our seats and how to take us the readers on a most satisfying journey. Most of all, Ms. Innotson knew how to wrap it all up in excellent style at the end with the bad guys getting what was coming to them, and the characters you worried about so much ending in sometimes surprising happiness that they didn't even know to hope for.
I will say that I listened to this on my portable CD player in a darkened room, recovering from an accident, and I had to speed past a couple of honestly too-scary short sections. Maybe it was the meds I was on, and maybe in reading it, it would not have had such effect on me. Jenny Sterlin, the reader who performed all the parts, was terrific, all the voices very different and very right for each character and the particular emotion they felt in different scenes. Loved this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Young Reader May 18, 2013
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As a older person who enjoys science fiction, I enjoyed this story even though it really seemed to be aimed at the pre-teen age audience. But then again, a good story is still a good story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beasts of clawstone castle February 9, 2013
By Mikaela
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I loved this book it was as a sad but happy book happy at.the end and kind of sad at the beginning
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