/ Key title / Includes PS Section Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci -- now a book with extra bits! Diana Wynne Jones is the Godmother of children's fantasy fiction and has inspired contemporary heavy weights such as Neil Gaiman Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series has a dedicated legion of fans and has now sold over 250,000 copies in the UK (Source: Bookscan TCM Chart) Also the author of HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, now an Oscar-nominated animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki This edition has a new 'More than a Story' section, featuring bonus material from the author, trivia, games and all sorts of tantalising extra bits! / Competition: Harry Potter, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett
Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.
In this adroitly told story, Mr. Crossley finds a note claiming that ``someone in this class is a witch,'' only the beginning of events that have 6B and the rest of the school in turmoil. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
"!Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears!" Publishers Weekly "Truly magical -- guaranteed to leave you gasping -- even hotter than Potter" The Bookseller "Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ! [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed." SFX
Gr 5-8-Witch Week (Greenwillow, 1982) is the third book in Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci Chronicles series. An anonymous note to the teacher of class 6B announces, "Someone in this class is a witch." With those words the tale is off and flying. Set at Larwood House, a cliquish boarding school in England, the students in 6B are very nervous, since witches are hunted and burned. Plump Nan Pilgrim quickly becomes the chief suspect because, not only is her name the same as the Archwitch Dulcinea Wilkes, no one likes her anyway. But Charles Morgan is also a possibility due to his evil-eyed double-barreled glare. No one likes him, either. In this story that's all about the way people see each other and themselves, Nan and Charles, along with several others, discover that they are much more than they appear to be. Gerald Doyle's excellent narration infuses each person with a distinctive voice, from Nirupam's slight Indian accent to the clipped tones of Mr. Wentworth, making it easy to distinguish who is speaking despite the large cast of characters. Although part of a series, this title can stand alone. The boarding school setting and straightforward storytelling style is similar to that of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Fans of those titles should also enjoy this audiobook which would be a wonderful addition to school and public library collections.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.