Joan Aiken

52 children’s books by the writer

Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960. Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times, said, 'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in l962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain. Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.

9-11 years

A Necklace of Raindrops

Joan Aiken, Jan Pienkowski

A Necklace of Raindrops

'This is how it all began'. From "A Necklace of Raindrops" to "The Patchwork Quilt", here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday, this spell-binding collection conjures up a world filled with magic ...

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9-11 years

The Kingdom Under the Sea

Joan Aiken, Jan Pienkowski

The Kingdom Under the Sea

This is a wonderful new reissued edition of the classic Joan Aiken short story collection illustrated with Jan Pienkowski's iconic silhouettes. These East European fairytales have it all: drama, magic, heroes, fairies, dragons, mermaids, adventure, bravery and beauty...

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12+ years

A Foot in the Grave: And Other Ghost Stories

Joan Aiken, Jan Pienkowski

A Foot in the Grave: And Other Ghost Stories

When Jan Pienkowski began a haunting series of paintings and asked Joan Aiken to compose accompanying ghostly stories, the result was bound to be an exceptional book. Here are tales of ghostly revenge, tales to scare and amuse, peopled with ...

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12+ years

Mansfield Revisited

Joan Aiken

Mansfield Revisited

After the sad demise of Sir Thomas, Edmund Bertram and his new wife Fanny must sail to the West Indies in order to oversee the family's affairs. Back at Mansfield Park, Fanny's younger sister Susan is left at ...

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6+ years

Arabel's Raven

Joan Aiken, Quentin Blake

Arabel's Raven

The first story about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer. In Arabel's Raven, Mr Jones, while driving his taxi, notives something bedraggled in the road. He stops and discovers an injured raven. He takes it home and his four-year-old ...

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9-11 years

Cold Shoulder Road

Joan Aiken

Cold Shoulder Road

Arun returns to his mother's house on Cold Shoulder Road, only to find it deserted and flood-ravaged. Some say she's run off with a Silent Sect, other whisper that she's a witch, and Mrs Boles mutters fearfully ...

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12+ years

Lady Catherine's Necklace

Joan Aiken

Lady Catherine's Necklace

Joan Aiken picks up the pen of her forerunner, Jane Austen, in this charming sequel to "Pride and Prejudice". Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy have finally found matrimonial bliss, and now our attention turns to Rosings Park, the estate of ...

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9-11 years

The Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories

Joan Aiken

The Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories

These fairytales are like no others. The "Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories" will introduce you to sea kings and witches, princesses and giant pink snakes. From Martian monsters dumped on Earth to football played in space, there's magic and ...

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