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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142409316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142409312
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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From Booklist

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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I highly reccommend!
microjoe
It is the first time my daughter, age 10, read this author and she loved this book.
apoem
Great characters, cute and fun and funny, and an engaging plot....recommended.
M. Criss

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By Tiffany Murphy on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Schwarz on April 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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By Hmmm on September 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The first several chapters drew me in with vivid but not wordy descriptions. I cared about the characters and was intrigued by the history, the struggles and sense of duty in maintaining an ancient estate while preserving it's herd. Each of the first several chapters felt like a story within itself and kept me reading, with good humor I could relate to. I'd borrowed the book from the library and thought about buying it for our bookshelves at home. SPOILER ALERT*** Along came some amiable ghosts doing gruesome things to bolster tourist interest in the castle. OK, I could buy into the absurdity, in this age of wizard and vampire books. Then came darkness; the corrupt doings of the neighboring Lord in cahoots with governmental imposters. By chapter 22 we'd meandered into a sermon about the mistreatment of immigrants trying to make a fresh start in England and the evils of killing narwhals. Don't get me wrong, I love nature and humanity too...but the storyline gradually came completely unglued. I felt manipulated, wondering about the author's real intent, like she'd slipped a tablet into my drink. It was hard to tell from one chapter to next which Eva Ibbotson was going to show up. I stopped reading and returned the book to the library.
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By M. Criss on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Eva Ibbotson is a fun writer, esp. for those coming out of smaller chapter books and going on for their own enjoyment. Her stories are full of adventure, great imagination, and kids who take charge and are pro-active (to use today's PC words) about their worlds. There are adults in her stories, and with this story, some are good and some are NOT, but it is the kids who save the day. This story is interesting because it is a fantasy based on real creatures....the white cows. Great characters, cute and fun and funny, and an engaging plot....recommended.

My favorite Ibbotson is still the Star of Kazan. Beautiful story. Great for reading to 7-10 year olds. You can't really go wrong with Ibbotson!
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