About the author and her times
Jane Aiken was born in England in 1924 on Mermaid street in Rye, Sussex. Born into a family of writers and poets, it is really not a surprise that she became one at an early age. What is surprising is how good she was. Homeschooled until the age of 12, Jane spent her early years reading and writing and exploring the downs above her village with her mother and siblings. This was the time between the world wars. After four short years of formal schooling, Jane published her first full-length novel and never looked back. Unlike her mother, Jane never attended university but became a professional writer instead.
What she wrote
Most of the books that Jane Aiken wrote were for young adults, but her books are not those sexually-charged, overwrought books you generally find in the YA section of a library today. These are just simply exciting, well-written stories for teens (middle school and up), and their parents. She did write some picture books as well and adult fiction, but I only read her young adult books as a child.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Series
- The Whispering Mountain (1968), a prequel to the series
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962)
- Black Hearts in Battersea (1964)
- Nightbirds on Nantucket (1966)
- The Stolen Lake (Dido Twite) (1981)
- Limbo Lodge (1999)
- The Cuckoo Tree (1971)
- Dido and Pa (1986)
- Is (1992)
- Cold Shoulder Road (1995)
- Midwinter Nightingale (2003)
- The Witch of Clatteringshaws (2005)
Why I love her books for children
Jane Aiken is an author from my childhood. She wrote that amazing series entitled, “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.” The series begins in the fictitious reign of James the Third of England. Yes there are loads of wolves, and adventure and excitement. And there is phenomenal writing. That is what makes Jane Aiken the first on my list. Her stories are so well crafted and so descriptive. I simply lived in the worlds of her stories as a child.
The best way to teach writing is to read, read, and read some more. This teaches vocabulary and cadence and flow and story structure in a way that no amount of theory can.
So give Jane Aiken a try in your homeschool!
And now, the Link Party!
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JENNIFER KING AT A PEACE OF MIND
KIMBERLEY LINKLETTER AT VINTAGE BLUE SUITCASE
KRISTEN HEIDER AT A MOM’S QUEST TO TEACH
LORI HOOTEN AT AT HOME: WHERE LIFE HAPPENS
WENDY ROSS AT LIFE ON CHICKADEE LANE
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