In a period of English History that never happened, when Good King James III is on the throne, and the whole country is ravaged by wolves which have migrated through the newly-opened Channel Tunnel. When orphans Bonnie and Sylvia fall into the hands of evil Miss Slighcarp, they need all their wits - and the help of Simon the goose-boy - to escape unscathed, for the governess is more cruel and merciless than the wolves that surround the great house of Willoughby Chase. Filled with brilliantly-drawn Dickensian characters, it would make an excellent choice for strong preteen readers who like an old-fashioned story with a strong plot and good characterisation. This book often appears on lists of best-loved children's books.
Malise, the Witch of Clatteringshaws, lives in Scotland. Down in London, Simon Battersea has inherited the throne of England and although accompanied by his friend, Dido, he is not happy with his lot. There are other possible claimants to the throne and Dido departs to Scotland in order to find them. There she gets help from the Malise.