Midnight Is a Place (2020)

Midnight Is a Place Joan Aiken Midnight Is a Place Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court a vast brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian Sir Randolph Grimsby When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house Lucas hop
  • Title: Midnight Is a Place
  • Author: Joan Aiken
  • ISBN: 9780618196258
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
Midnight Is a Place Joan Aiken Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house, Lucas hopes he s found a friend at last But the newcomer, Anna Marie, is unfriendly and spoiled and French Just when Lucas thinks things can t get any worse, disastrous circumstanceLucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house, Lucas hopes he s found a friend at last But the newcomer, Anna Marie, is unfriendly and spoiled and French Just when Lucas thinks things can t get any worse, disastrous circumstances force him and Anna Marie, parentless and penniless, into the dark and unfriendly streets of Blastburn.
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  1. Hilary

    We have read this book together many times and agree it s one of our all time favourite books A feel good book to read aloud by the fire Twice orphaned children endure hardship and adventure We love the scenes of the carpet factory and listening with horror to the occupation of toshing with man eating hogs The sanctuary of the ice house and interweaving storylines fall beautifully into place The copy I have is one of the few items I have from my childhood and a very treasured possession.

  2. Margaret

    Joan Aiken is a master at creating atmosphere, and Midnight Is a Place is no exception the book could well be called a Gothic novel for children, with its orphaned hero and heroine , disagreeable guardian, mysterious events, and gloomy setting Lucas Bell, an orphan, lives with his guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby, and his tutor, Julian Oakapple, in an old mansion called Midnight Court Soon after the arrival of Anna Marie, another orphan and the grandchild of the previous owner of Midnight Court, L [...]

  3. Hank Horse

    I am on a major Joan Aiken kick I am amazed by much of what she does strong willed smart young protagonists, dizzying plots, a delight in language including excellent cockney slang, a fine historical sense for detail, and the occasional odd metaphysical touch such as telepathy or Arthurian legends come to life What a genius I have enjoyed everything I ve read by her, and am pleased she was so prolific because there s so much left to explore.This book finds her in a restrained Dickensian mode no [...]

  4. Kate Forsyth

    Joan Aiken is one of my all time favourite children s writers Her books were out of print for a while and I haunted second hand bookshops in the hopes of building up my collection My copy of this wonderful book was bought from the Glebe Library years ago, and still has its yellow cardboard filing card in an envelope glued inside the front cover Happily, her books have all recently been re issued with fabulous new covers and so are easy to get hold of now It s difficult to exactly categorise Joan [...]

  5. Audrey

    3.5 starsAiken is a unique writer it s generally alternative action historical fiction Some stories have some paranormal elements in them I ve decided to label her books historical fantasy I made up that genre name, but I like it.This one is a stand alone novel It takes place in the town of Blastburn with Yorkshire ish accents , a setting in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, but this is the only connection to that book or series The review quoted on the back of the book gives away a lot of the plo [...]

  6. Lobstergirl

    90 years after I read it, the image of the carpet making machine and the child labor used to pick blobs of yarn off the carpets still haunts me.

  7. Linden

    THIS is the book I read in Grade 7 that I ve been searching for for years I owe a huge thank you to GoodReads member Oolookitty who steered me this way after I posted a review of A Chance Child She recognized the carpet scene I d remembered from my childhood It was as nailbiting to read as it was when I was younger, from the winding sewer passages to the factory floor.A Midnight Place is really a delight to read, with Dickensian themes of orphans and industrial England, showcasing hardships and [...]

  8. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Joan Aiken continues her proto steampunk adventures for children Less silly than the Willoughby Chase series no one bounces ten feet in the air on a windowseat cushion, for example , the standard Aiken universe is still in place a place called Midnight Plucky kids are still being done out of their homes and inheritance by unscrupulous adults Good folks still live underground And industry is still a bad thing, although in this book we are told as much right out loud, as Grandmere and Mr Oakapple [...]

  9. Eleni

    I picked up this book in a second hand shop when I was about ten and was captivated from start to finish I don t think it s too harsh and gloomy at all As a child I loved reading about the tough challenges that Lucas and Anna Marie face as they try to make their way through the world I still reread it every few years and enjoy it as much as ever I think it s important for children to read about characters who have difficult lives A lot of real life children face all sorts of challenges and if th [...]

  10. RavenclawReadingRoom

    Plot summary Lucas Bell lives in a gloomy house with no one but his bad tempered guardian and tutor for company But when someone else comes to live at Midnight Court, things are about to change forever Thoughts I LOVED Joan Aiken s books as a kid They were a big part of what got me interested in history and the Victorian era specifically The characters weren t nearly as wonderful as I remembered them being, and the story contains quite a lot of deaths But then again, it s set in 1842 in a carpe [...]

  11. Cindy

    Two orphans who don t even like each other at first are thrown together after their house burns down, their guardian dies, and their tutor is injured in the fire What a start Lucas and Anna Marie have to find a place to live, a place to work, and avoid the local gang This is set in a very dark version of Victorian England, and both children wind up going through some really terrible things.I have read books by this author before, and she often deals with dark themes What bothered me about this b [...]

  12. Emily

    I am a huge fan of Joan Aiken, but this story has plenty of clunky ness On the flip side, a clunky Joan Aiken novel still offers many positives the character of Lady Murgatroyd is a great one for neurotic adults to think about She can let kids try out solutions without overreacting or micromanaging Aiken also illustrates the real risks of some common behaviors like if someone is overly stubborn, or if another person is too self righteous I appreciated how she leaves larger societal philosophical [...]

  13. Tracy

    I adore this book, I ve reread it many times and every time I read it I still love it Something about her whimsical use of language, her Dickensian names and themes I m embarrassed a bit but I love Joan Aiken a lot than Dicken s actually Anyhow this is definitely one of my favourites.

  14. Alex Nye

    I first read this book when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and then somehow or other I must have lost the copy because as an adult I could never remember the title of it, but it always haunted me as a story which I fell in love with Then, about 7 or 8 years ago, when I happened to describe it to a friend, they said you mean Midnight is a Place by Joan Aiken So I bought a new copy, and re read it again and again I would say that it s probably one of the most influential children s books I ever rea [...]

  15. Books Kids Like

    In the town of Blastburn, England, stands a dark mansion called Midnight Court Midnight Mill, the town s carpet factory, darkens the sky with its smoke Gloom and hardship became a way of life to the millworkers when years before, the Murgatroyd family lost both the town and the factory to Sir Randolph Young Lucas Bell endures a dismal existence at Midnight Court His father, who had been Sir Randolph s business partner, is dead Sir Randolph is an embittered drunkard who pays him scant attention, [...]

  16. Caroline Bennett

    I had read this before in school 25 years ago but only remembered one scene Did remember enjoying it though and thought it deserved another read It starts slowly, events on the back cover presented as the premise only happen half way through which is a big bugbear of mine Then it picks up and the themes are very interesting.It is a bit telling not showing in places but being a children s book that s a common enough device I don t think it needs it though, the unfairness of the poverty and corrup [...]

  17. Tina Smith

    This is a historical fiction my kids and I really enjoyed A little slow to start, but it got better after the fire We read this because it was recommended by our history curriculum as a supplement to our learning about the Industrial Revolution It was a great way to bring that time to life for my kids, who happen to be the same ages as the kids in the story, 8 and 12 Two orphan children live with their guardian in England, who is not a very nice man After a fire destroys their home, they are for [...]

  18. SarahC

    Everything I have read of Joan Aiken so far could be termed an instant classic Her work stands above the crowd and gives adults and young readers alike something to savor.Her Wolves of Willoughby grouping of books they are not actually a series is earthy, old fashioned, wise, dreadful and dangerous Within these stories her language is delicious, with characters who get March mad and who are flinthearts, and we are warned not to punch a tax official nor call him a scrimshanked blatherskite Among [...]

  19. Nicole Beck

    I read this book at a young age How or where I aquired it is anyone s guess But I remember very distinctly how I felt the first time I finished it It was past midnight, everything was quiet, the room was pitch dark around the edges After closing the book, I felt a wave of disorientation, almost fear It lingered on with me and made sleep difficult For a long time after it, I didn t even want to touch the book again This, I think, is a testament to Aiken s abilty to create tone Four stars for mast [...]

  20. Teresa

    The plot and attitude of this book have a definite Lemony Snicket feel I researched a bit to see if Aiken was one of Daniel Handler s influences and couldn t find any proof of it, but I wouldn t be surprised at all if she were.

  21. Faith

    Really I can t say it is a 5 star until I am done reading it I really like it so far though It is not a joke book Joan Aiken is a very dark writer It is very cute though, the relationships between the two main characters.

  22. Catherine

    This book reminds me of Dicken s Hard Times and Secret Garden The focus is on the dangers of the early industrial age.

  23. Michele

    Joan Aiken has written an intriguing gothic style mystery Lucas Bell, orphaned and living with his guardian at Midnight Court, suddenly finds his life disrupted He and Anna Marie Murgatroyd are orphaned again when the mansion burns and their guardian dies they fend for themselves by making new cigars from old and searching the sewers for treasure Thus starts a series of adventures sure to hold the reader spellbound Occasionally, Aiken digresses and presents the horrors of factory work and child [...]

  24. Helen

    This story was adapted for tv and had a lovely theme tune as I recall.Joan Aiken was the first famous person I ever met She came to our school to give a talk, and I still have my signed copy of Nightbirds on Nantucket.

  25. Noelle

    Aiken does such a fabulous job of contrasting precocious children with adults who are either well meaning but slightly incompetent at best or downright evil at worst This story started out a little slow, but lived up to my Aiken expectations in the end.

  26. Sharlene

    I did not know that Joan Aiken had written many books As a child, I only owned and loved the Wolves of Willoughby Chase I was sick last week, so I read this for pure rest and relaxation I loved how it had bits of french sprinkled into its pages The characters are pleasantly created, though the situations they are found in are rather depressing Lots of mean people characters in this book, and some difficult situations.As I was reading it, there were a few quotes and bits of writing that I thought [...]

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