Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2) by Joan Aiken

Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)

Simon, the foundling from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, arrives in London to meet an old friend and pursue the study of painting. Instead he finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a wicked crew's fiendish caper to overthrow the good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea. With the help of his friend Sophie and the resourceful waif Dido, Simon narrowly escapes a series of madcap close calls and dangerous run-ins. In a time and plac...

Details Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)

TitleBlack Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)
Release DateOct 25th, 1999
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult

Reviews Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)

  • Pamela
    The strange algorithms of Amazon recommended a book to me a few years ago: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. I had never heard of it, but it seemed interesting enough.That is an understatement.The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is an unbelievably fun and charming book set in an alternate England, where James III rules, the Hanoverian Pretender plots to retake the throne, and wolves run amok over the isle of Britain. No, I'm not being meta...
  • CLM
    Simon, a minor character in Black Hearts in Battersea (but one who clearly took over Aiken's heart), leaves Yorkshire for London where he can study painting. However, after arriving in London at the home of the Twite family, he is mystified by the disappearance of his mentor, Dr. Field. No one admits to having seen Dr. Field but there are hints he has been at the Twites, in addition to the letter he sent Simon urging him to come stay with him the...
  • carrietracy
    Lies, deceptions, treasonous plots, mistaken identity, hot air balloons, wolves at the door, stowaways and completely indecipherable dialect. How could you go wrong? I completely loved this even though it took me a bit to get into it, once it gets going though, it's hard to put down.
  • Bettie☯
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  • Abigail
    This second volume in the Wolves Chronicles follows the adventures of Simon the goose-boy, who journeys to London from the Willoughby estate, intent on studying art and becoming a great painter. Nothing is quite as he expected however, and as he makes friends in places high and low, Simon soon finds himself at the center of a dastardly Hanoverian plot...A humorously convoluted Victorian melodrama, complete with plots, assassination attempts, kidn...
  • Audrey
    Why do I still love this book enough to stay up re-reading it for at least the fifth time?The whole series has a unique, distinct style of prose and storytelling. It's ageless and timeless. Simon is one of my favorite characters ever. I just like how everything is just a bit off from the very beginning and then BAM! danger and conspiracy.Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone. This is the order, though:0 The Whispering Mountain1 The...
  • Edith
    4 and 1/2 stars. Young Simon from "Wolves" goes off to London to learn to paint. He plans to live with his friend Dr. Field, but when the boy arrives in the city, the doctor has vanished without a trace. Breathless non-stop adventure from the first page, "Black Hearts" is the sequel to "Wolves of Willoughby Chase." A delightful mixture of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    This was a fast-paced, fun, and exciting mystery/adventure story. It finds Simon (from the Wolves of Willoughby Chase) heading to London to study painting at the invitation of Dr Field but on reaching there, not only is there no sign of Dr Field, no one at his lodgings seems to have heard of him. Simon starts his classes, finds a job, and reconnects with his friend Sophie, while on the sidelines continuing to investigate the disappearance of Dr F...
  • X
    I don't know why I never read this series when I first discovered Aiken's alternate history London in Midnight Is a Place, but I'm enjoying it now. It's a quick read, not dark by my standards (though bad things do happen they are tempered with humor), and it was easy to gloss over any historical contexts that I was clueless about (it's summer after all, and I didn't want to make myself think too much). I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I do wonder ...
  • Jenn Estepp
    i reiterate what i said upon reading "nightbirds." which boils down to fangirlish, "how did i not read these before now, they are awesome." although i have to say, i am glad i read that one first, because i'm not sure that i would've loved dido if this was my first intro to her. i loved all the good characters and hated all the bad ones and wonder why more children's books today don't involve nefarious plots, wolves and hot air balloons.
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama:A dramatisation of Joan Aiken's classic children's adventure. Young Simon comes to 18th century London to study painting - and finds himself caught up in wicked Hanoverian plots to overthrow the king.
  • Lady Shockley
    Utterly delightful and deliciously dark, as only an Aiken book can be. Even the brat Dido Twite turns out to be a surprisingly capable hand while capturing a ship. A wonderful, adventurous trip through an alternate past.
  • Katrina
    I'm continuing to enjoy this series.
  • Mary
    This is the 2nd in the series "The Wolves Chronicles". Just as good as the first, possibly better. Excellent children's literature, but I also was unable to put it down.
  • Chris
    Late summer, 1833. The second in Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles opens with Simon, the orphan who helped cousins Sylvia and Bonnie Green to regain Willoughby Chase, looking for his friend Gabriel Field in London: Dr Field has offered him space in his Southwark lodgings so that Simon can attend an art academy in Chelsea. But Simon is encountering difficulty finding Rose Alley, having been misdirected a few times. When he does eventually find No 8 i...
  • Meg
    I read this book as a child, and it stuck with me for years. I'd forgotten the title & author, but I recently managed to track it down and bought a copy of my familiar 1987 edition on eBay.I really enjoyed the opportunity to re-read it, and once again I was swept away to historic Chelsea to follow Simon's adventure. One of the things (besides the 20 years of fading memory) that made it difficult for me to remember much from my first read is that ...
  • Rebecca Allen
    I read this at around age nine and I fell in love with Dido. I loved this book. As an adult I spent years searching for it. I did not know it was part of the "Wolves " series or that it was written by Joan Aiken. All I remembered was the title and no one I asked ever knew what I was talking about. After the advent of the Internet and search engines I had pretty much forgotten all about it and never really did a devoted search online.One day recen...
  • Emily
    I love these books. It's hard to explain, because they are so very weird: the language is old-fashioned, plausibility is left at the door, coincidence abounds. I mean, it even has the old "orphan kid is really a great person, even though very disadvantaged in upbringing, but oh wow it turns out he's really a duke" trope - twice! I usually hate that, but I don't get an overwhelmig feeling of classism from Aiken. I mean, her very best character - D...
  • Allycks
    Saccharine Dickens. Which is not such an awful thing. At times it's very enjoyable, though you'd never mistake it for the real thing. A good read, but Black Hearts just doesn't stack up to Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Yes, the plot is thicker than Wolves, and so is the dialect/archaic British English, but this book's best character Dido goes missing when she should've been taking over the plot. Simon is a fine protagonist, and yet he's...
  • Christine
    BBC Afternoon Dramay Joan Aiken, dramatised by Lin CoghlanPart One (of two)A dramatisation of Joan Aiken's classic children's adventure. Young Simon comes to 18th century London to study painting - and finds himself caught up in wicked Hanoverian plots to overthrow the king.Part Two (of two)To save the King from Hanoverian plotters Simon and Sophie must first suffer shipwreck, attacks by wolves and a narrow escape from an exploding castle in hot ...
  • Noelle
    When I finished Wolves last Wednesday, I determined I would wait a while before starting Black Hearts--read some serious grownup books, you know. That resolve lasted until Monday when I found myself in the Children's Room at the library searching for "Aiken." Thank goodness I have the willpower of an overtired three-year-old. I don't know what I was thinking. Wait, indeed. I feel that Dido in particular would be disappointed in my foolishness. Na...
  • Tabitha Suzuma
    One of my favourite childhood authors.
  • Harini Srinivasan
    This is the best book in the Wolves series. Enter the unlikeliest, and the most lovable, heroine ever -- one whose adventures you'll want to follow right till the last book!
  • Jossalyn
    love this author; love this series; love Dido; love the Robin Jacques illustrations. love the mistaken identities and outrageous coincidences, the hot air balloon and tapestries.first read in 1974
  • Elizabeth Brush
    DIDO!!!!!!!also schemes and kings and Sophie and all sorts of goodness.
  • Anna
    Magnificent alternative reality period romp in the inimitabe style of Joan Aiken. Great stuff but didn't quite enchant me the way The Wolves of Willoughby Chase did. I wanted Simon to stay Simon.
  • Beth (bibliobeth)
    3.5 stars from me!Chrissi and I first came across Joan Aiken when we read the first book in this fantastic series, The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase last year as part of our Kid Lit challenge. We both loved it so much that we were determined to read the next in the series, Black Hearts In Battersea this year - and here it is! I have to be honest and say I didn't enjoy Black Hearts In Battersea quite as much as the first book in the series but I was ...
  • Heather
    At the start of Black Hearts in Battersea, Simon, who was an endearing supporting character in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, has just arrived in London, where he's planning to attend art school. He's meant to live with Dr. Field, a minor character from the last book (who also paints, and who recognized Simon's artistic gifts immediately upon meeting him), but something's fishy: finding the place where Dr. Field said he was living is more of a c...
  • Jack Deighton
    This is a sequel of sorts to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. However it does not follow the fortunes of the two main characters from that book but rather those of their friend Simon. He has received a message from Dr Field containing an invitation to take up a place at a school of drawing in London and to lodge in the same house as himself. However, when Simon reaches Rose Alley no-one admits to knowing the Doctor. He was first met there by Dido ...
  • Harsha Priolkar
    Book 2 in The Wolves Chronicles. Simon is back and in London at the invitation of Dr. Fields (also from Book 1), to study painting at a famous Art Academy. When he arrives at the Twites, Dr. Fields has vanished and Simon sets about trying to solve the mystery of his disappearance, while learning to paint and working for a living at Mr. Cobb’s Coaches. Along the way, he meets up with an old childhood friend Sophie, the insufferable Justin, and t...